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.
View of the glacier fed waters of Peyto Lake, Banff National Park. Probably everyone visiting Banff has taken the same image, this is my 4th time at the lookout, but it is still a stunning view, and easy hike.
Castle Mountain on a pleasant summer day, a reminder of what summer looks like, as most of the country freezes in the frigid winter weather. Also a good example of employing the rule of thirds for composition.
Not as well known as the Hoodoos of Drumheller, Alberta, but these rock formations are a great example of nature’s wind and water erosion. Viewed from above with the turquoise blue glacial meltwater of the Bow River as a backdrop.
Rockslide from Lake Louise in Banff National Park
Another Bighorn shot posing in front of a nice painterly background in Banff National Park.
A Bighorn Sheep Ram in Banff National Park, these animals are so used to people, images like this are fairly easy to get. This was shot at only 200MM, so you don’t always need a giant 400-600mm Canon. The key is to be patient and not spook these guys by running around after them like many tourists tend to do. Fergus and Angus never bark or startle wildlife, thankfully. Below is a snapshot of Fergus watching this very scene unfold. Angus is so used to this that he sleeps in the back of our SUV with little interest.
Early morning on Two Jack Lake, Banff National Park
Evergreen trees reflecting on Lake Louise, Banff
Canoes on calm waters of Lake Louise, Banff