12/22/13

This week I had planed to take some photos of the annual sleigh rides at the Assiniboine Park but with the cold weather we’ve been having it’s been canceled for the second time. I decided to go to the park anyways to see if the duck pond is open yet for public skating.

If it’s not too cold out I may stop into the zoo to see if the new polar bear cubs are out today.

Temp: -26°C Feels like -38°C

A few icicles on the pavilion.

A few icicles on the pavilion.

 

 

Fewer icicles on the restaurant side then the last time I was here.

Fewer icicles on the restaurant side than the last time I was here.

 

 

Toboggan hill is open but not a sole in site on this cold day.

Toboggan hill is open but not a soul in site on this cold day.

 

 

The green flag is out! The duck pond is now open for free public skating.

The green flag is out! The duck pond is now open for free public skating.

 

 

Unfortunately, the cold weather is keeping the everyone away from the park today.

Unfortunately, the cold weather is keeping everyone away from the park today.

 

 

Even the shelter is empty.

Even the shelter is empty.

 

 

The pond looks rough to skate on...

The pond looks rough to skate on…

 

 

...and sections are still closed.

…and sections are still closed.

 

 

Just past the duck pond the park has these large interesting bill boards filled with information of what's coming soon the the park and zoo.

Just past the duck pond the park has these large interesting billboards filled with information of what’s coming soon to the park and zoo.

 

 

A closer look at some of the bill boards.

A closer look at some of the billboards.

 

 

A closer look at some of the bill boards.

Another look at some of the billboards.

 

 

This one has a great look of  "Journey to Churchill" exhibit coming soon to the zoo.

This one has a great map of  the “Journey to Churchill” exhibit coming soon to the zoo.

 

 

If you lost a blue and white kite this summer, I think I may have found it.

If you lost a blue and white kite this summer, I think I may have found it.

 

 

Not much happening at the park; I think I will zip on over to the zoo to see if the new cubs are out.

 

Currently at the zoo children under twelve receive free admission. If you are wondering what the pathways are like here you go. You should do just fine using a stroller with large wheels.

Currently at the zoo children under twelve receive free admission. If you are wondering what the pathways are like here you go. You should do just fine using a stroller with larger wheels.

 

 

The albino bison was having a blast today running and enjoying this cold weather.

The albino bison was having a blast today running and enjoying this cold weather.

 

 

The albino bison with one of the regular ones so you can see the difference.

The albino bison with one of the regular ones so you can see the difference.

 

 

The cougars did not seem to mind the cold. One was gnawing on a bone while the other was giving himself a bath.

The cougars did not seem to mind the cold. One was gnawing on a bone while the other was giving himself a bath.

 

 

Turns out the were not taking down the old zoo entrance a few weeks ago. They were just replacing the shingles. I'm not sure what they plan to do with this building in the future.

Turns out they were not taking down the old zoo entrance a few weeks ago. They were just replacing the shingles. I’m not sure what they plan to do with this building in the future.

 

 

Hudson was at the back of his exhibit when I arrived. As soon as he saw me he came trotting to the fence as if to greet me and say "hi".

Hudson was at the back of his exhibit when I arrived. As soon as he saw me he came trotting to the fence as if to greet me and say “hi”.

 

 

While you can't tell in this photo he then showed off by walking backwards. He looked like he was doing the moonwalk.

While you can’t tell in this photo he then showed off by walking backwards. He looked like he was doing the moonwalk.

 

 

The two new cubs were out Aurora and Kaska. They are the cutest things you've ever seen.

The two new cubs were out Aurora and Kaska are in the middle enclosure with Storm at the end. They are the cutest things you’ve ever seen.

 

 

While there are from different mothers they seem to get along together quite nicely.

While they are from different mothers they seem to get along together quite nicely.

 

 

A closer look at one of the cubs. I just want to run my fingers thew their fur.

A closer look at one of the cubs. I just want to run my fingers through their fur.

 

 

On my way out of the polar bear exhibit Hudson was playing with his punching bag.

On my way out of the polar bear exhibit Hudson was playing with his punching bag.

 

 

A look at some of the construction going on at the future bear exhibit.

A look at some of the construction going on at the future seal exhibit.

 

 

Large tarps are up to help the construction workers with the cold air.

Large tarps are up to help the construction workers with the cold air.

 

 

In this cold weather the reindeer get low and curl up to keep warm.

In this cold weather the reindeer get low and curl up to keep warm, or maybe the are just getting rested for their big night. 

 

That’s it for this week.

Next week if it’s this cold out I’ll be taking some indoor photos.

Merry Christmas!

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One thought on “12/22/13

  1. Great photos again, Stan! Especially like the polar bears. It’s great that you got so many pics with no people in them, come warmer weather and they will be people in every picture.

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