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.
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!
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!
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!
I wish I had read this wildlife photography tips article back then!
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.
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.
Do you photograph Animals? Be sure to participate in this week's theme. More info here.