Mountain Grizzly on the great divide
Taken from the side of the Yellowhead highway where it snakes through a high mountain pass across the great divide of the headwaters of the rivers that flow east and west across the continent. Jasper Park.
A black bear walks through a pool of water at the edge of the Maligne River. Jasper Park.
A high mountain lake on the Maligne River above Maligne Canyon on the road to Malign Lake, taken from the boat launch access road where I ate my lunch. Jasper Park.
Ospreys have built their nest in the spectacular mountain setting of Medicine Lake. The road to Maligne Lake runs up the opposite shoreline in the distance. Jasper Park.
An Osprey can jut be seen on its nest overlooking Medicine Lake with high mountains for a backdrop. Jasper Park.
Parking Lot Raven
The parking areas along the Icefields parkway all seem to have a resident Raven apparently living off the tidbits left by tourists, this one hangs out at the Howse Pass and Saskatchewan River lookout.
Waterfowl Lake, Howes Peak (left) with Mt Chephren
Early winter / late fall on the Icefields Parkway, Banff.
The final shot
The last shot of a trip out to the west coast.
Rocky Mountain Sheep
As ususal Rocky Mountain sheep hang out near the Yellowhead in Jasper Park, these guys were blocking traffic before the Parks truck came along and moved them off the road.
Spring boating in Alberta
Not much going on here yet, a good place to eat my packed lunch
Maligne Lake Road
On a drive out to the west coast I decided on a side trip up to Maligne Lake for my lunch stop, the fire damage from last year was extensive
Juvenile Rocky Mountain Sheep
This young one seemed quite at home on the rocky cliff eating dried grass (I guess it had no choice)
Its always good to stop for breaks on the 1600 km drive out to Prince
Rupert so the opportunity presented by a small group of sheep on a ledge overlooking the Yellowhead highway in Jasper Park had to be taken, when I stopped I was the only person there, it took about 5 minutes for the crowds to form!
We were skunked on our final morning in Jasper so when passing the dump on our way back to check out of the hotel there was a decision to stop to photograph the coyotes, but I was attracted by a commotion going on with the ravens and upon investigation found this. The moral of the story; when your skunked, go to the dump.
Pretty sky over Pyramid Mountain, taken while searching or wolves along the Yellowhead Highway
Leaving the scene
The tail ender of a wolf pack trots from view at dusk, taken from the Yellowhead Highway
Two of a pack of five observed at dusk from the Yellowhead Highway
Driving north towards Jasper on the Ice fields Parkway. Taken by my ever so polite back seat driver.
View of the Athabasca Glacier from the Ice Fields Parkway while we ate lunch. From the snowfield on top of the mountain to the right, melt water flows to three oceans, the Pacific, Atlantic, and Arctic.