Highway 40 Loop

Another amazing trip out in Kananaskis Country, I took the entire Highwood loop heading south out of calgary. Shortly after going over the pass I spotted a young grizzly bear on the roadside (almost in the same place as on my previous trip), and spent quite a while photographing it before it wandered off into the trees. By the time I finished with the bear the weather which had started out pretty crappy had blown through, and it turned out to be an absolutely beautiful night.

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Jasper Camping

Spent the weekend camping in Jasper National Park. Saw lots of Black Bears, but no grizzlies. The cubs in the tree would have been a definite highlight, if it wasn’t a total shooting gallery with about a dozen other photographers lined up there in the middle of the road. Weather was really good, which was somewhat unfortunate because it made for a lot of situations with really bad light, ie. the cubs in the tree, and the mother and cub down on the lakeshore. There was a bunch of elk in and around our campsite, and I saw my first baby Elk that still […]

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Jura Canyon

Jura Canyon Distance – Return – 6 km Elevation Gain – 144 metres I wasn’t overly sure I was feeling up to a hike when I parked my car in front of the cement plant on the side of Highway 1A. The wind was blowing so strong it slammed my car door closed on me as I was trying to get my pack ready, which is never a good sign. But I had been promised it was an easy hike, and that there would be Poutine at the end of it so off I went. The hike was fairly straight […]

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Kananaskis Country

Another great drive down Highway 40 and Spray Lakes Trail in Kananaskis Country, with a rather cute Bighorn Sheep near Galatea trailhead, a Moose in the meadows by Mount Shark, and a somewhat ugly Cinnamon Black Bear feeding on berries near the shores of Spray Lake….  

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Sibbald Meadows – Moose

Rule #1… Always have your camera ready… I headed out to do some fishing at Sibbald meadows Pond, and shortly after turning off the highway I was thinking I should pull over and put my long lens on the camera when I spotted this big beautiful (if somewhat shaggy) moose standing knee deep in a marsh with a mouthful of grass staring straight at me… And my camera was still in the bag. It was easily the most iconic moose scene I’ve ever witnessed, and I totally missed it.  I stopped in the middle of the road and tried to […]

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Kananaskis

I took an afternoon drive out to the Highway 40 side of Kananaskis Country, taking a bit of a scenic route through the farmland west of the city. My goal had been to do some fishing at Buller pond (hoping to repeat the success I had there one night last summer). But it didn’t take long for me to realize that it hadn’t yet been stocked, and it was very unlikely that there were any fish in it (and the weather was kind of awful). On the way back I had a run-in  with a couple of moose and was able to […]

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Highwood Morning

So, the clock on my dresser says its 5:30 in the morning, and I’m staring at the ceiling wondering why I’m wide awake on a Thursday morning after only sleeping like 4 hours. And then I start thinking about a Sausage and Egg Mcmuffin from McDonalds, and next thing I know I’m showered and loading gear into the car. I don’t have to be at work for like 6 hours so I figure I’ll take the long way there…… When I say long way there, I mean the three hundred and some kilometre loop through Canmore up Spray Lakes Trail […]

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Mud Lake Moose

We had a frighteningly close encounter with this Bull Moose while on our way back from Burstall Lakes in Kananaskis Country.  It was blocking the trail through the meadow just up the hill from Mud Lake and the parking lot, and we had to get pretty close to get around it and back to the car.  

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Jasper – Day 2.

On our second day in Jasper we got up for sunrise and headed down to Maligne Lake, (on our last trip most of the wildlife we saw was on the long stretch of road between the town and the lake). We didn’t see much on the drive down, but when we got to the parking lot at the lake there was a couple deer that we had fun chasing around for a few minutes (it was still a bit to dark to get any really good shots though).  After some sunrise photos around the lake shore and on the docks, […]

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Jasper – Day 1.

A friend and I took a weekend trip to Jasper. We went in hopes of finiding some bears, or rutting elk, but unfortunately we were a week or two late as the bears had moved up into the mountains, and the Elk rut was pretty much at an end. We thought we would take the scenic route to Jasper (because Hwy #93 is not scenic enough), so getting up early we headed out past Cochrane and then turned north on Highway #40 (a.k.a. highway #734 or Forestry Trunk Road). Not to much to say about the drive except it was […]

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Cataract Creek Camping Trip

On my way down south to Cataract Creek to go camping for the weekend I decided to get up early and take the long way around, taking Spray Lakes Trail to Highway #40 over the Highwood Pass and down to the campground. It turned out to be a beautiful morning and a really nice drive with a couple of moose and elk sightings. We had a great couple days camping and fishing with friends, and Hiked up to Cataract Falls on the last day. The hike was a spur of the moment decision, and the only direction we had was from […]

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Moose and Hare – Spray Lakes Trail

In case you haven’t notice already, I really like driving the Highway #40 – Spray Lakes Trail loop. On this particular occasion I started out in the evening, heading in through Canmore. My first encounter was a very large moose in the middle of the road drinking water from a puddle. It was rather entertaining to see how awkward it is for such a large animal to kneel down, and even more amusing to watch the water leaking out of it’s mouth. I’m pretty sure about 80% of the water it sucked up from the puddle came streaming out of the sides […]

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Sunrise in Kananaskis

I thought I’d get up early and head out to Canmore to drive the Spray Lakes/Highway #40 Loop in search of wildlife. I never spotted any of the big predators, which is always the goal, but three close moose encounters, some very strange coyote behaviour, and fantastic morning light, made for an amazing morning!      

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Moose in the Mud

(June 01/11) Kananaskis Lakes, Peter Lougheed Provincial Park Female Moose in a marsh near Kananaskis Lakes. As is usually the case she waited to come out in to the open until it was too dark to get a decent photo. I still spent about 10 minutes just watching her feed on the marsh grasses and listening to her chewing and the sucking sound the mud made every time she moved her legs.                                            

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