Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Top 15 of 2015

Happy New Year everyone!

I can't believe it's 2016 already, that last year flew by! I feel like I only just recently arrived back in Canada, and already it's nearly time for me to leave again. I hate doing this. Moving back to city life after sixteen months in the mountains is never easy.

I've run out of working visas now, so unless the Canadian government relax some of their immigration laws, it doesn't look like I'll be living in Canada again for a while unfortunately. That won't stop me from hopefully spending a couple of months out here each year regardless. In the meantime, I'll be back on home soil for the next little while and I've already got a few ideas for some smaller trips closer to home in the next year.

2015 was an incredible year for me. Being back in the Rockies after nearly three years at home was a huge relief, it almost felt like I could breathe again finally. By the start of last year I had already been back in town for a couple of months and it didn't take long to settle back into mountain life. I also managed to get up to Alaska for a week during the spring, something I've wanted to do for years.

Once again, North America provided me with some unforgettable wildlife encounters last year, and I've selected what I think are fifteen of my strongest images from the past twelve months.

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Pine tree in stream, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Bull Elk - Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Pine Marten - Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada
Barred Owl sleeping - Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Female Grey Wolf - Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Grizzly Bear - Lake Clarke National Park, Alaska
Great Grey Owl - Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Moose cow with twins - Kananaskis Country, Albert, Canada
Female Grey Wolf - Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Grizzly Bears - Lake Clarke National Park, Alaska
Great Grey Owlet - Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

 Northern Lights over Cascade - Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Grey Wolf Pup - Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Grizzlies in love - Lake Clarke National Park, Alaska
Grizzly Bear tracks - Lake Clarke National Park, Alaska

I've got less than a month left in Banff now, so I've decided to take January off work and focus on trying to get a few more memorable encounters under my belt before I leave. As you know, my blog updates are something of a rarity, however I did start up an Instagram account which I update pretty regularly, and you can always see what I've been up to at Cai Priestley Photography on Facebook.


Thanks again to everyone who's shown their support over the last year, and especially to those of you who ordered something during one of my recent print sales. I would've been back in the UK a couple of months ago if it wasn't for your help so I really appreciate it!

Here's hoping you all have a great 2016, and once again thanks for reading!

Cai

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