So many times this summer it felt and looked as if rain was going to fall, the clouds moved on with not even a rain drop. For this picture I was at Herbert Lake, liking the clouds, got the camera out quickly. The water was calm, but for how long, you have to take advantage of the situation before the sky changes and before the wind picks up.
I came across an active Rufous Hummingbird nest during the latter part of July, normally when the hummingbirds are done with nesting and enjoying the summer until they make their way to Mexico for the summer. During the summer the Rufous Hummingbirds can be found as far north as Alaska. No other hummingbird breeds farther north then the rufous. One way travel from their winter home Mexico to Alaska is about 6400 kilometres, not bad work for a very small but feisty 8 cm long bird.
There are not lot of times when you can take a picture of the sun with a normal camera and lens. One of those times is when you have thick fire smoke in the air and its later part of the day. That was the case few evenings back.
It's has been a tough summer for the wildlife. Out here in the mountains wildlife does not do well when we have above normal warm summer, this year it has been a very hot summer and still days to go with above normal temperatures. Wildlife has been spending more time out of under the sun, choosing to be out in the open when the sun is low on the horizon.
Over the summer I got to watch this mother look after two nestlings. Over a three week period saw her catching insects, feeding and as well looking after herself. This picture I took in the morning after she just finished with the feeding and taking a rest.
After watching a beautiful sunset at Peyto lake, I then decided to sit down among the rocks and watch the sky get darker and the stars make an appearance. Only sounds I could hear as the brighter stars were making their appearance, was of the vehicles when they would go over the rumble strips on the road in the distance, the water making its way down from Peyto Glacier and more then likely a pika moving among the rocks near me in the dark. I was still able to see some of the warm colours from the setting sun in the distance, in the clouds and in the fire smoke from the west. In the sky I could also see a glow, just a hint of northern lights. Once my camera had taken the pictures I had planned, I packed up and and made my way to the car. Half way there, a small owl flew front of me. Nice way to end the trip.
I started out taking picture at Bow Lake when i saw the sky changing toward Peyto Lake. Got into the car and headed in that direction, got there just in time. No one was there, set up the gear and started taking pictures of the sunset. Sometimes it's that easy.
The buffaloberries or shepherdia crop was not good this year as last year, overall. There are some area the crop was very good and then others few berries could be found. The bears were taking advantage of the areas where they could find them, This bear was working the shrubs along a very dusty trail with few berries to be found. Every bit helps.
I was up early and headed for 93 North, looking to take pictures. But the overcast weather changed those plans, it was time to head for Mistaya Canyon. A great place to be first thing in the morning, had the whole place to myself taking long exposures of the water.
I get to see this female grizzly about once a year, and normally at the start of the summer. I'm assuming she then moves to the back country, rarely seen in the front country during the summer. Each time, I see her for few minutes, after which I move on or she will walk into the forest. This summer I came across her eating along side a very skittish young black bear. The black bear ran into the forest, she sat down and stared into the distance for few minutes. The she stood up and started to eat before walking toward the forest, I was on my way before she moved away. Until next year.
After dinner I made my way to Moraine Lake area , with the hope of getting a sunset picture form the shore of the lake. But the wind changed that, the water was just not calm enough for a reflective water surface. I was about a km away as I was making my way to the lake, the scenery looked not too bad for a picture. So after reaching the lake I decided to head back to that location and that's where i got this picture from.
I was taking pictures of other birds, when I saw this Cedar Waxwing fly by front of me and land near running water. I quickly put my camera on it and realized the bird had landed on a garter snake. The snake did not even look back, it moved forward and the bird got off it and started bathing in the water.
Spending sunny afternoon taking pictures of birds and along the way of insects among the flowers. This summer I had my first chance at taking pictures of the painted lady butterfly. Beautiful colours in the sunshine.
There's no free ride for wildlife, but in this case it seems the two Barred Owls invited the harassment form the Black-billed Magpies. During the sunrise the two owls were calling out near the top of the trees. Soon seven magpies came over and waisted no time giving the owls hard time, quickly handing out aerials assaults. The two owls tried different tactics, one perched between branches and just took it for few minutes until the magpies moved on. This one was more agitated, moving from tree to a tree. The magpies were always right behind it, they almost seem to be delighted that their harassment was working. Finally after half an hour, the magpies had enough and flew away.
Took this picture last month when this juvenile and one other in nest were still being fed by the adults at the nest. The adults are not the quietest birds near their nest, they had attracted the wrong type of person or persons. Who had climbed the tree using climbing gear and disturbed the nest. It took me about two weeks to realize everything was okay in the nest and two birds eventually fledged.
Early part of the summer I was visiting Lake Louise, when hot summer weather had not arrived. It was later in the day, the sun was still hour away from setting and I was liking the way light and shadows were working the valley. I'm not sure why, perhaps because I been on top of it few times and or have hiked below it and around it several times, every time I see Mount Temple, I want to take a picture of it. In this case I decided to turn the image into black and white, giving the mountain even more impact.
The warm sunny weather is producing lot of colour in the forms of flowers. In this case it's the wild sunflower, beautiful yellow colour standing out in the sunlight. With the very warm weather we are having, it's hard to imagine it will start changing as we get closer to the end go August.
It's rare I'm out, away, hour from home at the end of the day. Standing next to the Bow Lake, waiting for the sun to set. Hoping the sky would lit up little and the water would go calm. I got little of both, giving me the picture.
I have been lucky enough to see this big guy few times this year, on this occasion he was visiting the town area one early morning.
Nanny and her week old kid make their way to the bottom of the valley for some well deserved minerals. The mountain goats spend most of they time above the tree line throughout the year, moving up and down within their range. Kids are born in May or June after a six month gestation period. Normally a nanny gives birth to a single offspring after isolating herself from rest of the group. The kids weighs about 3 kg when born, within few hours it begins to run and climb. A nanny will protect her kid when faced with predators and protecting it from steep slopes with her body. Kids stay close to their mother for a year, end of which the nanny gives birth again.