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Dinosaur Provincial Park revisited

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On this date three years ago we visited Dinosaur Provincial Park in the southern part of the Canadian province of Alberta. (Oh, if only we could travel again now!)

In today’s post you’re seeing some more views of that scenic place.

Below, how about what looks like a petrified whirlpool?

And speaking of the country that stretches across the top of the United States, here are two quotations by Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield:

“You don’t sit around and not know stuff.”  “To me, science is just formalized curiosity.”

© 2020 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

September 3, 2020 at 4:58 AM

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  1. Hopefully travel to other countries will not go the way of the dinosaurs. With help from science and common sense, travel should be okay again some time soon-ish.


    September 3, 2020 at 6:47 AM

    • You did well in wondering whether travel to other countries would go the way of the dinosaurs. I’m optimistic that it won’t, especially once vaccines become available. As you know, a bunch of them are in testing now, and there’s reason to expect that at least one of them, and preferably more, should prove successful. We’d planned to take several trips in 2020. Ireland and Switzerland, where Eve has friends and relatives, were good possibilities. Let’s hope the -ish drops off your soon-ish.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 3, 2020 at 7:35 AM

  2. It may be that internalized fear of travel may end up being the biggest obstacle in the future. I have friends who were certain my willingness to travel to the hill country would mean my demise, or that using a restroom at Brazos Bend would end tragically. From what I can tell, I’m still alive, and more aware than ever of the difference between reasonable caution and unreasoning fear.

    I do love that second quotation. l wish I’d been told that in junior high — my view of science might have been quite different.


    September 3, 2020 at 7:16 AM

    • Intrepid you has gone farther from home than we have (to east of Bastrop, and only as a day trip). We’re relieved to hear you haven’t met your demise after traveling a couple of hundred miles west. As soon as lots of people can get vaccinated against the virus, possibly with more than one effective formulation, I expect it won’t be long before things go back to normal. Obviously there’s a lot of pent-up desire and energy.

      I’d never heard of Chris Hadfield till I came across that article about him. It is too bad you couldn’t have been exposed to his thoughts—even long before he put them into words.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 3, 2020 at 7:45 AM

  3. Here’s to formalized curiosity! Love the frozen whirlpool. Fun to think what might have caused that.


    September 3, 2020 at 7:55 AM

    • I’m fine with both unformalized and formalized curiosity. So often the former leads to the latter. Noticing something that seems different or unusual is a great prompt. As for the “whirlpool,” if the rock is igneous then its liquid form could have flowed into a spiral before cooling. If the rock isn’t igneous, which I think is the case, then I guess actual whirlpools way back when could have eroded the rock that way, as could sustained or repeated whirlwinds. But of course uninformed me is just guessing.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 3, 2020 at 8:09 AM

  4. Travelling from Calgary to Consort in the late ’60s I am familiar with the wild country around Drumheller. It is the land of the dinosaurs.

    Peter Klopp

    September 3, 2020 at 8:48 AM

    • “[From] Calgary to Consort” sounds like it should be the name of a story, a song, or a movie. The badlands around Drumheller are definitely the domain of the dinosaurs, much to our delight when we visited the area in 2017.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 3, 2020 at 11:21 AM

  5. That is some spectacular landscape, Steve!

    Lavinia Ross

    September 3, 2020 at 11:57 AM

    • It is. From where you are, it’s a lot closer than from where I am, so you can look forward to visiting that area once the pandemic subsides.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 3, 2020 at 2:53 PM

  6. What a landscape! Great captures and like you, I wish I could travel.


    September 3, 2020 at 2:35 PM

    • We were fortunate in seeing Badlands National Park in South Dakota a few months before hitting the badlands in Alberta. Both were well worth visiting. You can contemplate both as destinations once we’re all able to travel again.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 3, 2020 at 2:56 PM

  7. We’ve been considering driving across Canada from Minnesota the next time Squiddy is invited on a research trip with the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and I’d love to see if we could include this along the way.


    September 3, 2020 at 4:01 PM

    • That would be a great trip. In addition to Dinosaur Provincial Park, there are several sites in and around Drumheller. And don’t miss the Royal Tyrrell Museum there, which is one of the best paleontology museums anywhere. Of course all is in abeyance till there’s a Covid vaccine.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 3, 2020 at 5:16 PM

  8. Nice captures, Steve. Iconic!

    Eliza Waters

    September 3, 2020 at 9:02 PM

  9. Great landscape well captured! Travel? Maybe next summer-ish


    September 4, 2020 at 4:41 AM

    • Yes, the various badlands in North America are wonderful to behold. I was fortunate to visit two of them (South Dakota and Alberta) in 2017.

      May your summer-ish wish be granted; even as soon-ish as next spring-ish wouldn’t be foolish to hope for.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 4, 2020 at 6:59 AM

  10. I love that second quote! And oh, yes, if only travel was safer – such amazing rock formations! Bind moggling.


    September 4, 2020 at 7:39 PM

  11. Interesting prehistoric forms!


    September 10, 2020 at 12:29 PM

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