This is the entrance to Rockwood Park — the park where I spend so much time shooting ducks and squirrels. It’s a lovely place to be, regardless of season and there is something for everyone.
I was fascinated when they built that entrance, a couple of years ago. There were many people working on it, they brought in the rocks from somewhere, cut it out and built the wall. There’s a long wall in the other direction too … out of the picture. They did an amazing job, and the finishing touch was to fill in the letters of the big rock with the name.
It’s fantastic to find this huge gem in this little city … it’s 870 hectares or 2,200 acres, oodles of little lakes and hiking trails, camping sites, even a zoo and a golf course. It’s so close to the city — almost IN the city! Here’s a shot I took from up a look-out spot that gives you an idea of the proximity to the downtown district … Lily Lake in the foreground.
I’m not writing an advertisement for Rockwood Park here, there’s lots of read about it if you follow the link here above — but I do want to share a little of my appreciation of the place, since I spend so much time there with my camera. I may have mentioned it before, but the park was designed by Calvert Vaux, who also was part of the team that designed Central Park, NYC.
I was just sitting here thinking about how many birds and wildlife we have here in the actual city … looking out of our apartment building I see the deer resting in someone’s backyard … bald eagles and peregrine falcons flying by our windows … there’s almost like a bird sanctuary in the centre of town [Marsh Creek] and so on … the regular visits of a giant Raven, alighting on our balcony … in its quest for food.