Although the calendar says its fall, it was proving to be a cool blustery kinda of fall day with a raw southeast wind blowing across these grasslands. Still it was only a few days ago that this same landscape was covered in snow.
However a chinook (snow eater) had formed up over the Rockies, and moving out across the plains with double digit temperatures accompanying it, the chinook along with the wind and warm temperatures had spent little time taking care of the snow.
I have to say that after all these years, I still enjoy it when a chinook blows through southern Alberta in the middle of winter, with balmy temperatures eating the snow away, the result allowing me to get out and play in the grass.
When you drive throughout southeastern Alberta, as much as you may think that there is a lot of rolling grass country out there, in fact only 14% of Alberta's natural landscape is what is referred to as the grasslands.
Growing up on the prairies, I have never forgotten my prairie roots, and as this photo attests to, I still enjoy getting out and spending time in the grasslands of southeastern Alberta.
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