This woman was a tourist from Tokyo, Japan, who was really enamoured with Fergus. In a bizarre set of coincidences we ran across her bus tour 3 times. This was their first meeting in Mont Tremblant, Quebec, followed by a another meeting in Old Quebec City and finally at Niagara Falls. By this time she came running over to both him and Angus yelling their names. She spoke broken english and in another strange coincidence her english speaking daughter had spent years living in our own hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba.
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.
Fergus in Banff on his first official roadtrip, which included overnight camping, staying in a hotel 3 nights, hiking, window shopping and countless hours in the vehicle with his pal Angus. He overcame a fear of tile floors, and passed with flying colours.
Heading off down the street in full plumage.
Angus and Fergus enjoying a mild winter day. Fergus is much larger than Angus already, and alot slower as you can see. It took a great deal of patience to get this photo, and a lot of deletions. I shoot mainly with the Canon 5D Mark II and as great as this camera is, it is not a true action or sports body, but with good technique the servo tracking is more then capable of capturing action sequences. The problem then comes down to composition and the fact that 99% of the facial expressions and leg positions of these two goofballs don’t work out, but in the end a few usually do.
Fergus the Great Pyrenees at about 10 weeks, a few days after we got him.
About 3 months sitting outside…
In his element at a nearby park, 4 months and 1 week at this point. Calling him a ‘giant’ may be a slight exaggeration. We met both his parents, so are well aware of his size potential, but nevertheless his growth rate is really something to experience. He has a very calm, easy going disposition, loves people and other dogs, and is also already exhibiting his guardian tendencies around the house.