Carburn Park – Beaver

After yesterday’s experience with the Terns at Carburn Park I couldn’t wait to get back there after work in hopes of shooting them some more. This time the light was perfect, and I lugged my tripod down to the river and was all ready for some serious bird photography. Of course there wasn’t a bird to be seen. This time I did some actual fishing, I hooked one trout that promptly leap out of the water and spat out my hook, and then another one that almost pulled my rod out of my hands before quickly snapping my line and […]

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Carburn Park – Terns

I thought I would do some fishing, and headed down to Carburn Park after work. When I got to my fishing spot I found a bunch of Common Terns feeding on insects over the river. Despite the bad light it was a pretty cool shooting session because the I was able to sit right up close on the bank while they worked their way slowly down the river diving and skimming the surface for bugs. Once they were about twenty or thirty yards away they would fly right back up to where I was and start over again. As I […]

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Fishing – Bow River at Deerfoot Trail

It seems like every year come the end of February or early March I get the fishing bug, and suddenly can’t wait to get out on the river. Which is a shame because it’s usually a few months before the weather and the river conditions make it worthwhile. Starting out at Carburn Park I headed south along the bank all the way down to where Deerfoot Trail crosses over the river. It’s a bit of a hike, and I had only been that way a couple of times before, but had seen both Pileated Woodpeckers and a porcupine in the past so […]

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Weekend at Mount Robson River Lodge

Overlander Falls – Mount Robson Provincial Park Distance – 6 km Height Gain – 70 m After our hike at Wilcox Pass we continued on our way up to the town of Jasper and then turned west on to the Yellowhead highway making the obligatory stop at the Mount Robson Visitor Centre for some photos and were lucky enough to find the mountain in plain view and not shrouded in clouds (as is the usual case). Continuing on west for a few kilometres we made it to the Mount Robson lodge where we had a cabin booked for the weekend. The […]

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Autumn at Elbow Lake

Another beautiful day at Elbow Lake… A bit of a hike, a couple of fish. What more can I ask for… I’ll spare you the details as I’ve covered Elbow Lake a few times already…   [map style=”width: auto; height:400px; margin:20px 0px 20px 0px; border: 1px solid black;” z=”1″ gpx=”http://photoboom.ca/wp/wp-content/uploads/Elbow Lake 91113.gpx”]   .

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Porcupine

I wanted to try some fishing down on the Bow River south of Carburn Park near Douglasdale and the Deerfoot Bridge. It was a beautiful day to be out on the river, and although the fish weren’t biting at all I had a run-in with a porcupine on the way back, although the light was pretty much gone I was able to get a few shots in, and get close enough to use my flash.

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Pearce Estate Park

Just a couple of photos from a walk around Pearce Estate Park in Calgary. There is a nice little trout pond at the hatchery that is a new edition since my last visit.

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Maude Lake & Beatty Glacier

Distance – Turbine Canyon to Maude Lake – 1.53 km Elevation Gain to Maude Lake – 144 metres After the morning hike up to Haig Glacier we came back to camp for a nice relaxing lunch, and by relaxing what I really mean is walking in circles around the table with food in hand trying to get a mouthful of soup with as few mosquitoes in  it as possible. Hot, tired, and full, we retreated to the tent to escape the bugs for a well deserved siesta, which lasted all of two minutes because it was so swelteringly hot inside we literally […]

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Tofino #7 – Fishing

One of the main reasons that we chose to go to Tofino was because we wanted to do some ocean fishing. We had booked a 6 hour half day charter through Tofino Fish Guides, (http://www.tofinofishguides.com/) to take us out on our second morning. The guide was great, with a really nice boat, and as an added surprise he dropped off a crab trap on the way out, and by the time we headed back to town we were able to pull out a couple of Dungeness Crabs. The morning was cold and cloudy, with nice calm water to start out, but […]

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Fishing – McKinnon Flats

I wanted to do some fishing before the spring run-off started so I headed out to McKinnon Flats. There was a bit of a wind, so I figured I’d use my spin rod. But when I got down to the river it soon became apearent that the wind was the least of my problems. While it had been warm lately and all the snow was pretty much gone, the ice on the riverbanks was a whole other story. As much as five feet thick in places, it made it almost impossible to even get to the rivers edge without risking falling through […]

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Rawson Lake & Sarrail Ridgeline

Rawson Lake  7 Kilometres Return 280 Metre Elevation Gain I decided to get up early onmy day off and head out to the mountains at sunrise to take some pictures. As I like to do, I headed to Canmore and up onto Spray Lakes Trail (aka. Smith-Dorrien Trail), making all the usual stops along the way. The weather and the light weren’t cooperating, and there wasn’t a single animal to be seen. I soon found myself at Kananaskis Lakes feeling rather defeated with nothing worthwhile on my camera. So on a whim I parked the car, packed up my gear and hit […]

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Tombstone Lakes

If you follow this blog at all you know that I’ve tried on more than one occasion to make it up to Tombstone Lakes (the last time getting within 250 metres of the upper lake before turning back… http://photoboom.ca/wp/?paged=2). So on this occasion we were determined to make it to the lakes no matter what the conditions.  The trail starts out at the parking lot marked Elbow Lake, about 65km south on Highway #40 from the junction with Highway #1, or a few kilometres north of the Highwood Pass if you’re coming up from the south (this section of the highway is closed […]

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Lillian Lake

The hike to Lillian Lake is said to be one of the most popular and busiest trails in Kananaskis Country. It is one that I had been trying to do for a while. I even planned a trip with a few friends out there earlier in the year, but when we got to the trail-head we found out that it is closed ever year in the springtime to prevent trail erosion during the spring run-off (I think it opens sometime around the beginning of July). That trip ended up taking us to the point at Upper Kananaskis Lake  http://photoboom.ca/wp/?p=2488 The trail-head starts […]

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Elbow Lake – Peter Lougheed Provincial Park

Elbow Lake is my favourite place in Kananaskis Country, of course it’s just about as far from Calgary as you can go in the park. About 5km North of the Highwood Pass (the highest paved road in Canada) on Highway #40 its almost exactly at the halfway point of the Highwood Loop. The trail-head is only accessible from mid June to December, as the Highway is closed in winter to accommodate animal migration. The Hike to the lake is a short 1.4 kilometres, but is pretty much straight up, with an elevation gain of 125 metres. I’m not sure if […]

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The Point Campground at Upper Kananaskis Lake

This Hike starts out at the north parking lot at Upper Kananaskis lake, (the one by the interlakes area), and crosses over the outflow pipe that goes straight down into the lower lake. It then follows along the north shore of the lake, to the campground on the Northwest corner. Although I’ve done this hike to the campground a couple of times when I was younger (I canoed in once as well), this was the first time I’ve done it as a day hike without camping gear. It was a lot shorter and easier than I remembered, and made for […]

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Buller Pond

Fish Pond on the side of Spray Lakes Trail somewhere near the trail-head to Buller Pass, I don’t actually think it has a name, but Buller Pond seems like a good one to me and from looking online I’m not the first one to call it that. I Had an amazing evening fly fishing on this little pond, catching more fish than I could keep track of. I think my record for the night was six casts in a row with a fish on the end. Although I most of them got off the hook before I could land them, […]

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Sibbald Meadows Pond

(June 04/11) I spent a fun afternoon fishing with my nephew at Sibbald Meadows Pond last June. The only one who had any luck was the Osprey.                                                                            

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Easy Fishing

(June 01/11 – Sibbald Meadows Pond) Sibbald meadows pond in the spring after it’s been stocked with trout. Hard to believe by the end of the summer it was all fished out.

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McKinnon Flats – Great Blue Heron

While fishing down on the Bow River at Mckinnon Flats I spotted a Great Blue Heron and was able to get close enough to snap a few pictures (loosing my sunglasses while crawling through shoulder high grass). The bottom picture is of Karl’s contribution to dinner for the night, I didn’t have any luck with the fish.

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