These guys wandered into my landscape shot while I photographed the trestle bridge at Stewart Canyon, near Lake Minnewanka, Banff. Now it doesn’t look like they are very close, but I was using a 16-35mm lens on my full frame camera, so they are very close. One of those rare lucky moments took a pretty mundane image and made it much more memorable. A group of tourists along with my wife and two dogs retreated from the bridge allowing them to cross without much stress.
We returned the next day, hoping to get them front on as they crossed, but after a couple hours of patiently waiting had to move one due to time constraints and impatient dogs, I did manage a few other images on the return including the rocky island in Lake Minnewanka, below.
This Polar Bear at the Journey to Churchill in Assiniboine Park Zoo, Winnipeg had just dove in and continued by in a near perfect position. I’ve patiently tried for this shot quite a few times, finally everything came together. He almost looks like he could fly, just requires a photoshopped Superman cape.
Arctic Fox, captive, at Assiniboine Park Zoo. Had to photograph this guy with his fish, even though it was through some frosty thick enclosure glass.
One of a pair of Snow Leopard cubs at the Assiniboine Park Zoo in Winnipeg.
Steller’s Sea Eagle, captive, at Assiniboine Park Zoo, Winnipeg, Canada
Winnipeg is fortunate to have a large urban forest within the city, known as Assiniboine Forest along with a fairly large deer population. Unfortunately I see a lot of car/wildlife collisions of the deer as the city continues to expand around the forest. These deer are very used to people, this was shot at 200mm on full-frame, they moved off just before the third deer popped its head up, which was the shot I was really hoping for.
A nesting Canada Goose honking, at a family passing a little too close (out of frame). This goose was sitting on her eggs next to a fence line path, at FortWhyte Alive, Winnipeg. Lets all be on the lookout and try not to stress our feathered friends, particularly at this time of year. Of course that goes for all animals, especially in our ever increasing urban areas.
Another captive Barn Owl portrait from Fort Whyte Centre in Winnipeg. I was hoping to get some catchlight in this guys eyes with this background, but he just wouldn’t cooperate. I did manage to get front lit shots with eye catchlight but with a boring blue sky background.
A captive Barn Owl, shot with a 100mm macro lens, at the Fort Whyte Centre for Environmental Education in Winnipeg on Earth Day.
This is without a doubt one of the most memorable things i’ve ever seen. Regardless of your personal views on wildlife kept in captivity, the Journey to Churchill at Assiniboine Park Zoo in Winnipeg is an amazing facility. In collaberation with The International Polar Bear Centre also located at Winnipeg’s zoo it allows visitors a chance to view Polar Bears in a very unique way. This is Kaska an orphaned female relocated from Churchill, Manitoba after her mother was shot and killed.
Shooting through the thick curved plexiglass and the variety of lighting and reflections is very tricky, but with a fast indoor lens and a little experimentation I managed a few keepers. Images were high iso, grainy and pretty soft through the glass and water, even the best autofocus systems have trouble through 6-8 inches of curved plexiglass, but it’s more about the moment than technical perfection.
Visitors viewing Kaska
For a brief period we watched two bears play under the water.