How did we get this shot? Well, it’s an image with quite an interesting story.
It all happened in the summer of 2012, in a little nature escape within Kananaskis Country called Peter Lougheed Provincial Park.
Simon and I were photographing a lovely sow and cub of the year from the safety of our car. We had an amazing show with them. They were eating, nursing, playing and just being very entertaining overall.
Simon was totally absorbed by the action, taking this shot with the sow and cub facing the same direction, looking all wise and majestic.
Great shot, but at that moment, I was curious as to why they had stopped eating and were transfixed by something behind our vehicle.
So I glanced in my rearview mirror and gasped.
There was this huge boar crossing the road right behind our car, sniffing the air and lumbering over slowly toward the sow and cub.
I swivelled around to bang off a few shots, as Simon is thinking I am absolutely crazy for suddenly taking my camera off of the sow and cub. Until he realizes what I’m seeing. And then he has his own moment of shock (there might have been a few swear words uttered by my fiancee).
Alas, all went well. The mom and cub stood their ground, and the boar decided he did not want to interfere with the dinner party, slowly sauntering away.
And that was how we got the shot. (Or should I say how I got the shot and how Simon learned to always be prepared for the sneak attack!)