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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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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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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Black Bears 4,5,6,7, Jasper National Park

We had an amazing experience with this mother and her three cubs on the side of the road to Maligne Lake. It was just about sunset when we spotted her and started shooting pictures. But then after a few minutes we noticed something moving around in the tree tops and one after another the cubs slowly came down the tree to join her in the grass on the side of the road. It was really amazing how comfortable she was with us being there. At least until a couple of red-necked idiots in a pickup truck stopped by and taunted […]

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Black Bear 3, Jasper National Park

I have no idea how we spotted this bear (it’s the tiny black dot on the edge of the falls)! But there it was on the far side of Medicine Lake (it was really really far away), walking along the shoreline. When it got to the falls it made a couple attempts to cross and from what we could tell from that distance almost got washed downstream into the lake. Eventually it gave up and headed into the forest probably looking for an easier crossing.

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Black Bear 2, Jasper National Park

We found the second bear of our trip to Jasper on the way to Maligne Lake. It was walking along the shores of Medicine Lake eating dandelions, completely oblivious to us. So we spent about an hour sitting in the pouring rain just watching it walk back and forth gorging itself on flowers.

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Elk, Jasper National Park

We spotted a couple of massive Bull Elk on the side of the highway while heading back towards Jasper for some evening photography after an afternoon relaxing at the hotel in Hinton.  

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Athabasca Falls, Jasper National Park

Athabasca fall is located at the turnoff to from highway 93 to 93A which is the slower more scenic road that takes you the last little ways into the town of Jasper. The falls were pretty impressive and worth the stop, although the crowds of people were a bit frustrating.  

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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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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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