I've decided not to photograph anything today so that I can try to catch up on some much needed sleep! My 4am starts over the last few days have taken their toll on me and I feel like I need a day off to relax and edit some photos.
Since arriving back in Canada last Thursday, my luck has been fluctuating quite a bit. For example, when I arrived last Thursday I was taken for a drive almost straight away. I hadn't been in the country for more than three hours when a wild lynx crossed the road ahead of us! Before it disappeared into the trees it paused and looked back at us over it's shoulder, almost as if to say 'welcome back'.
This incredible encounter was shortly followed by an hour of grizzly bear photography. We found a beautiful looking bear as we were heading home and I managed to get some great shots of him as he dug for roots in the rain. What a great start to another year in the Canadian Rockies!
However, the last few days have been tough. I've spent a lot of time out looking for bears with a friend of mine, and we've had no luck whatsoever. We even found a recently killed deer and returned to it the following morning to see if there was something feeding on it. To our surprise, the whole carcass had been eaten during the night and there was no sign of any predators anywhere nearby. The lack of bears and wolves meant that we turned out attention to photographing other animals such as deer and birds.
This paid off. Over the last few days I've taken some images that I'm really pleased with. I'm still itching to see a wolf sometime soon, but at least we made something out of a bad situation.
Here are a few of my favourites from the last week...
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|Grizzly bear stroll - Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada|
|Snowy coyote - Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada|
|Western tanager - Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada|
|Male grizzly bear - Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada|
|Bighorn sheep silhouette - Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada|
|Black bear family - Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada|
|Young grizzly bear - Kootenay National Park, British Columbia, Canada|
|Misty morning coyote - Canmore, Alberta, Canada|
|Cow moose chewing - Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada|
|Wet grizzly bear - Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada|
|Cute western tanager - Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada|
|Mount Temple grizzly bear - Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada|
|Spray Lake panorama - Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada|
|Misty morning - Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada|
|Deer silhouette - Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada|
Next week it's time to start looking for a job so I don't know if I will be out shooting as much. I will try to post another update sometime next week though.
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