|Jackson Lake, Manitoba|
Spring on the prairies can be fickle. Forget the weather forecast. As hard as they try to predict it, Manitoba often has other plans. So you throw jackets, sweaters, shorts and mittens into the car and go. Trust me. You can see the bad weather coming for miles so you won't get caught off guard.
But that's part of this province's charm. Spring comes early. Spring comes late. But when it arrives, everything explodes, making it hard to sit home, no matter what the weather.
This year I was gratefully accepted as a boutique artist at Wasagaming Community Arts in spectacular Riding Mountain National Park. Since moving back to the province in 2011, we've not made enough trips to this part of our world, so thankfully this opportunity has rectified that! We have already made two trips to the gallery this spring with, of course, camera in hand to spend time wandering after the business part of the trip was done.
The varying shades of green are a sure sign of spring
The east entrance gate at Riding Mountain National Park is a federal heritage building, dating back to the park's beginnings in 1930.
One of the best signs of spring is the wildlife. Black bears are feeding and teaching their young.
Turtles are looking for places to lay eggs.
Birds of all shapes and sizes have re-emerged and can't stop talking.
Fish are biting. Well, after you relocate the bird's nest that magically appeared on your tackle box!
And, as spring usually does, you wait for the weather to pass so you can get outdoors once again.
And see more of the sights of spring on the prairies.