After photographing several moose in the fresh snow in Kananaskis Country, my brother Peter and I continued looking for wildlife to photograph. We where both very happy with what we had seen and photographed, and thought it couldn’t get any better. We couldn’t be more wrong. As we rounded a bend in the road, I spotted four coyotes on the other side of the lake. We cautiously exited the truck, hoping not to scare them away. We cautiously approached the lake edge, and wished that we could get a little closer. One of the coyotes granted our wish and came across the lake to us. It spent 30-45 minutes with us and posed for some portraits. I feel honoured to have been able to spend time with this wonderful animal.
Dinosaur Provincial Park at dusk
Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus) at Dinosaur Provincial Park
Great Horned Owl, Bubo virginianus
Bighorn Sheep, Ovis canadensis
Spring is the best time of year to get out and photograph amphibians. During the first warm rains of spring, the frogs and salamanders emerge and travel to their breeding pools. Driving along country roads, you can observe hundreds of amphibians crossing the roads.
1. Spotted Salamander (Ambystoma maculatum), sitting next to the overspray of paint from the yellow line running down the middle of the road.
2. Eastern Newt (Notophthalmus viridescens) in its terrestrial juvenile form, known as a Red Eft.
3. Spring Peeper (Pseudacris crucifer)
4 & 5. Grey Tree Frog (Hyla versicolor)
A sure sign of spring is when I see the garter snakes emerging and looking to mate. I went out after work, but it was starting to cool down. I did find a few garter snakes, but not the numbers that my friend Clint had reported earlier in the day. He found over 20 individuals, including a breeding ball of 5 or 6 snakes. Hopefully I will have similar luck over the weekend.