Fairmont – British Columbia

I got a really good deal on a week long stay at a place by the Fairmont Hotsprings and headed out for some R&R. I spent the whole day driving out, through Kananaskis and Banff and Kootenay National Parks, stopping first at Gap lake to watch a variety of small songbirds. The weather was beautiful and I had great time exploring the shorelines at various points along the Bow and Kootenay rivers. Once I got to Fairmont the weather turned rainy and overcast for the next few days, and I spent a lot of time relaxing around the hotel. That’s not to […]

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Banff National Park

I went out to Banff for my annual February weekend at the timeshare. The weather was icy cold, despite the beautiful clear blue skies. We did a lot of driving around looking for wildlife. The first night there I spotted a bunch of Elk up on tunnel mountain drive and nearly died of hypothermia (ok not really) trying to photograph them. The light was on it’s way out so I had to get out of the car to use my tripod, although I think my shivering negated most of its effects. The next day we spotted a coyote walking down […]

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Cranbrook, B.C.

We decided to take a weekend trip down to Cranbrook in British Columbia and although I’m not really sure why we decided to go there it seemed like a good idea at the time. I think the original destination was Kimberly, but when we got into town it was basically empty, so we decided to continue on to Cranbrook. The weekend turned out to be pretty uneventful and we didn’t end up doing a whole lot other than getting lost on some crappy forestry roads, and a really short hike that was supposed to go to a waterfall, but since the trail […]

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Camping – Jasper National Park Alberta

What a great weekend… Karl and I headed out to Jasper on Friday morning making quick time (especially for us) up Highway 93. We stopped briefly for a Mountain Goat on the side of a cliff overlooking the highway, but other than that it was a pretty uneventful drive with cloudy overcast skies not worth photographing. We made it to the campground relatively early, we had reserved a spot at Whistlers Campground, and on the way in we passed a bunch of Elk with cute little spotted fawns, but were too lazy to change lenses and decided to come back […]

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Bow Valley & Icefields Parkways

I took a sunrise drive out to the mountains, heading first up the Bow Valley Parkway, and then up to the Icefields Parkway (#93) all the way to Saskatchewan River Crossing with an hour detour down the David Thompson Highway (#11). The morning started out fantastic, if a little chilly, with great morning light on Castle Mountain, and a nice shiny layer of frost on the grass. Unfortunately it didn’t last long and by the time I got to the Icefields Parkway it had turned cloudy and overcast and by Bow Lake the roads were shear ice, and there was […]

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Bow Valley & Banff Elk

Bow Valley Provincial Park is a lot bigger than I expected. I’ve driven past the entrance a few hundred times, and did stop in once but only made it as far as the parking lot and information centre before the sun went down. So I think I assumed that was all there was to the park. There is actually a fair bit of road to explore, and a great little picnic area on the shore of the Bow river with a fantastic view of Mount John Laurie (Yamnuska). Which I will most definitely be revisiting with my fly rod come next spring. I didn’t spend nearly […]

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Moraine Lake

I had to go out to Banff for work to do a delivery to a production company that was filming a movie out there, so I figured that I might as well bring my camera and make an afternoon of it. And…. It was pretty much a waste of time……..! I headed up the parkway, shot a couple bad photos at all the usual spots, and finally made it up to Moraine Lake (after years of failed attempts). But by the time I got there it was pretty much dark, a storm was rolling in, and the light and clouds were […]

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Tofino #10 – Banff

We were still a bit excited after seeing the bear near Golden. So we thought we’d take a detour and stop at Moraine Lake by Lake Louise (I’ve been trying to get there for three years now). Unfortunately, like usual the road to the lake was still closed. Feeling unsatisfied we decided to take the slow route back to Banff down the Bow Valley Parkway.  We stopped at all the usual scenic spots to take photos. The light was a bit contrasty (hence the HDRs), but it had turned into a nice day, and it was good to get out of the […]

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WinterStart World Cup Ski Race

One of the photography groups I’m in planned a meet at Lake Louise to shoot pictures of the Winter Start World Cup Skiing Event, and another group had a meet planned in Banff for the next day. So I decided I might as well bring a friend and spend the whole weekend in the mountains. Unfortuantly the weather didn’t really cooperate, and the second meet got canceled (the host crashed her car on the icy roads on the way in from Canmore),  and so the photos of the race were about all that I took the entire weekend. The race […]

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Jasper – Day 3.

On the third day we headed out early for another drive down Maligne Lake Road and again encountered nothing. So after a bit of breakfast in town we hit the highway and made the long slow journey home. This time taking the Icefields Parkway (Hwy. #93), making all the usual stops along the way. Climbing around the ice at Tangle Falls, taking the short hike down to Mistaya Canyon, chasing (not very) wild Ravens around a parking lot, and wandering the shores of Bow and Waterfowl Lakes. Though there wasn’t any wildlife to be seen, it was a good drive home and […]

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Icefields Parkway

I wanted to take a drive up the Icefields parkway to see if I could find any of the big predators. So I stayed the night at a friends house in Lake Louise, and was up and on the highway before sunrise to see what I could find. Unfortunately the only wildlife I found was a couple of Spruce Grouse and an Osprey, but it was still a nice day for a drive.      

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Banff

(Feb.26/11) Banff National Park in winter. Mount Rundle and Vermillion Lakes Wild Big-Horned Sheep   Mount Rundle  Storm Mountain (I think)  Castle MountainCastle Mountain Wild Big-Horned SheepVermillion Lakes

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Big-Horned Sheep Kid

I Ran into a family of Rocky Mountain Big Horned Sheep while driving the Minnewanka Loop. They were pretty tame so I was able to get close to this little guy, (although not as close as some of the tourist up there… not that I couldn’t have, but unlike everyone else there that day I at least have some sense of respect for wild animals)!

The Elk were right next to the fence  on the side of the Highway #1 on-ramp from Dead Man’s Flats. Although I’ve seen a lot of Elk before, these ones had such massive antlers that I had to back track about 10 km just so I could take a picture… But with the fence so close I couldn’t get a good shot until they had moved back into the trees.

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Two-Jack Lake

Found a really scenic canal out by Two-Jack Lake on the Minnewanka Loop, and stopped to take some pictures. Not having a wide angle lens, I did the next best thing.. and used photoshop to merge some of the pictures together. Although you can’t tell from the way they’re displayed here, the two long pictures are in the 50 megapixel range, which is pretty big. If you were to print them out at the optimal resolution they would be about 5 feet long. ***Click on an Image for picture viewer***

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Lake Minnewanka

Pictures from a beautiful summer day on the shores of Lake Minnewanka in Banff National Park. ***Click on an Image for picture viewer***

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Powderface Trail

Just some random pics from a drive down powderface trail from Highway #66 (Bragg Creek) to Highway #68 (Sibbald Flats). I found the Great Blue Heron and Beaver at Sibbald Meadows Pond while I was fishing. Although I knew that they nested in trees, It’s strange to see a bird that big perched way up in the pines.

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