Alberta – Moose and Deer

I recently traveled to Alberta to attend a two day lighting workshop by Joe McNally. After the workshop, I spent a week visiting family and managed to get in two days of wildlife photography. I wasn’t too pleased when it snowed for three days straight, but it was fantastic when in came time to doing some photography. Braving the -24 degree weather, my brother Peter and I explored the Banff, Canmore, and Kananaskis areas. It was a very productive two days of photography, with big-horn sheep, white-tailed and mule deer, elk, moose and coyotes. I was really pleased to finally get a bull moose later in the year than mid July, after spending many trips to Algonquin Park looking for them.

Here are a few photos from the trip. More pictures coming soon

Bull Moose- Kananaskis, Alberta

Bull Moose- Kananaskis, Alberta

White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

A day of photography in Algonquin Park on Thanksgiving weekend

I went up to my friends Clint’s cottage in Bancroft with his family for Thanksgiving weekend. On Sunday morning, Clint and I headed up to Algonquin Park for a day of photography. We where rewarded with some fantastic weather and wildlife. There was a heavy frost in the morning, which made for some nice photographs. Later in the morning we found some people canoeing in the morning fog. Thanksgiving wouldn’t be complete without a nice turkey. This turkey wasn’t on our plates, but on the side of the road on the Highway 60 corridor. We had really been hoping to find a nice bull moose, which we didn’t find. We did find a nice cow and calf hidden amongst the tamaracks along Opeongo Road. They where only visible in a clearing for a brief second along for a photo or two before disappearing into the dark woods. It was a fantastic day of hiking and photography. I can’t wait to get back to the park.

Frosty Fall morning in Algonquin Park (copyright Stewart Stick)

Canoe in the fog in Algonquin Park (copyright Stewart Stick)

Canoe in the fog in Algonquin Park (copyright Stewart Stick)

Moose in Algonquin Park (copyright Stewart Stick)

Frosty Fall morning in Algonquin Park (copyright Stewart Stick)

Moose (Alces alces)

Moose (Alces alces) are the largest member of the deer family. In the spring, they come out and drink the water from the roadside ditches. This is a great source for sodium from the road salt used in the winter road maintenance. The bulls are regrowing their impressive antlers, which they dropped after the previous breeding season.

Moose (Alces alces), copyright Stewart Stick

Moose (Alces alces), copyright Stewart Stick

Moose (Alces alces), copyright Stewart Stick

Moose (Alces alces), copyright Stewart Stick

Moose (Alces alces), copyright Stewart Stick

Moose (Alces alces), copyright Stewart Stick

Moose (Alces alces), copyright Stewart Stick

Moose (Alces alces), copyright Stewart Stick