Backpacking the Canadian Rockies

by Ram Ya October. 28, 2016 2403 views

I really want to participate in this week's photo theme which is "Animal Photography". What better place to be photographing them than the Canadian Rockies! 

I took these photos on a backpacking trip to the Canadian Rockies about 4 years ago. I do not have access to my laptop at the moment, so these are recycled from one of my Facebook albums. Hopefully, the image quality will be OK.

Bighorn sheep are a common sight when you drive from Banff to Jasper and you can see lots of them in Jasper as well. 

Bighorn sheep in Canadian Rockies

Beautiful scenery from Banff, Canada

As you reach Jasper you increase your chances of seeing more wildlife. I was really lucky to spot these mountain goats at this altitude by the side of the road. The background is equally amazing!

mountain goats eating grass - Jasper, Canada

Another mountain goat

We remember we wanted to hike on one of the trails but we noticed the trail entrance was closed. As we were debating what to do next, I heard twigs cracking. We turned and had the surprise of our lives, it was two big black bears!

It was watching us calmly and eating Dandelions!

I seriously didn't know that black bears could get this big. I thought only grizzlies got this big. He was calm so we took some cover behind the closed gate and started shooting. As you can see, it was drizzling quite a bit but who can pass up such an opportunity to observe such an amazing animal!

Large black bear eating flowers - Banff, Canada

Large black bear eating flowers - Banff, Canada

I wish I had read this wildlife photography tips article back then!

Deer is a very common sight in Banff

When you are driving from Banff to Jasper, you sometimes see a lot of vehicles parked with emergency lights blinking. This most certainly means a bear sighting. We came across several bears this way but I don't agree with such close encounters which disturb the animals. The photo below is of two cubs and a mom.

Mama bear and her two playful cubs

Mama black bear on guard while cubs play

Playful black bear cub

It's been over four years and I really can't wait to go back. I hope to visit next year, perhaps as a more improved photographer :) If you liked this post, please leave a comment below.

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Dominik Federschmidt 4 years, 8 months ago

great portfolio

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Becky Brannon 4 years, 8 months ago

It is great when out in the wild and you can safely "capture" the wildlife!!

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Giancarlo Fosci 4 years, 9 months ago

Great captures!

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Arun Tp 4 years, 9 months ago

great work. enjoyed well.

4 years, 9 months ago Edited
Sara G 4 years, 9 months ago

Bear photos are so cute :-)

4 years, 9 months ago Edited
Tiffany Mueller 4 years, 9 months ago

Looks like animals are very comfortable around you, you've got some great shots! I love the bear in #5. He's a kindred spirit of mine for sure with those dandelions hanging out of his mouth and that priceless expression. Haha, I can't get enough of it.

4 years, 9 months ago Edited
Kasia Urynowicz 4 years, 9 months ago

Last one it's my fav, Amazing, I congratulate courage....

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George C 4 years, 9 months ago

Animals are never as beautiful as in their environment.
Beautiful serie.

4 years, 9 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil 4 years, 9 months ago

Close encounter of the third degree :-)) Amazing work here my friend. When I visited Canada I only saw a moose, some beavers and lots of birds. Although I've seen wolf and bear footprints.

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Jay Boggess 4 years, 9 months ago

Glad the mama bear didn't get after you! They are known to be very edgy when they think there may be a threat to their cubs! We have those white mountain goats where I live too. A man was gored by one in our park & subsequently died of his injuries......They are very territorial and aggressive when they feel please keep your distance and try not to approach them .....Nice shots!

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Leslie D 4 years, 9 months ago

Wow ~ you got some great captures here, Ram! I'm not sure how "close" you were to the bears...but I do know it's always a good idea to back away from them!

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Ram Ya Replied to Leslie D 4 years, 9 months ago

Thanks, Leslie. I was far but not enough (I was using a 300mm lens). I won't do this again for sure.
But I didn't want to run, so I was not sure what to do lol. I figured if I am going to be calmly waiting, I might as well take some shots :)

4 years, 9 months ago Edited
Leslie D Replied to Ram Ya 4 years, 9 months ago

Yup...running is usually a bad idea! I've had my share of encounters in the woods here....Ermine look friendly enough - think Ferret - but they can be vicious! More than once I've had fox following me as well. My habit is to slowly start walking backwards, avoiding eye contact, but watching for a distance.
Glad you made good use of your time!

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