Walking On Snow
With snow falling on southern Alberta becoming a regular thing this winter, recently I began finding tough going while trudging through the deep snow while wearing just boots on my feet, so I decided it was time to break out the snowshoes.
Over the years I have owned various styles and types of snowshoes, and for the most part I mainly wear them while out in the mountainous areas of southern Alberta where there normally is enough snow to make snowshoes a requirement.
The grasslands of southeastern Alberta where you find me in this photo, has enough snow lying on the ground these days, that using snowshoes has become necessary to make getting around easier.
I find it interesting that while tramping about on the grasslands of southern Alberta wearing snowshoes, that first nations people were using snowshoes on these same grasslands 200 years ago while hunting Plains Bison in the winter months.
In fact people in North America began using snowshoes more than 2000 years ago out of a basic need to explore new territories and to find food in the winter.
With the plains snowbound in the winter months, hunters looked to copy successful winter travelers like the snowshoe hare, whose oversize feet enable them to move about with ease in the winter.
So now we've come full circle, and although I'm not hunting Plains Bison on this day, chasing after grey partridge is a whole lot easier on snowshoes...
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