Location & Date: Beaver Boardwalk, Hinton, Alberta | 2015
Camera Set-Up: Nikon D800 w/ 70-200mm @ 200mm
Shutter Speed: 1/400th
I’ve written before that Hinton – a small town town in Alberta that borders Jasper National Park – is home to a hidden gem: the Beaver Boardwalk. This small little oasis is home to all sorts of life and, obviously, is one of our absolute favourite beaver photography hotspots. But it’s also home – again, quite understandably – to a robust mink population, as we were lucky enough to discover in the summer of 2015. While waiting for a beaver to emerge from the lodge, we found mink after mink poke out from the pile of logs like an odd game of whack-a-mole or what I imagine it would be like seeing a dozen clowns emerge from a clown car. Nonetheless, it was an awesome sight that produced hundreds of images, as Jill and I would switch from location to location and mink to mink, until we both left with our best shots of this hard-to-photograph mustelid.