Location & Date: Carthew-Alderson Hike, Waterton National Park | July, 2014
Camera Set-Up: Nikon D800 w/ Nikon 200-400 at 400mm
Shutter Speed: 1/640
Jill loves to hike. I enjoy it, but am always worried about what animal photo I’m missing. We compromise with me lugging 75 lbs of camera gear for five hour death marches that usually climb several thousand feet in the hopes that, while hiking, we’ll encounter something worthwhile to photograph. (In truth, it’s more about my paranoia that we will see something and I won’t have my camera handy.) And usually I’ll find something neat, but rarely something great. But when our friend, Topher, joined us for a few days in Waterton last summer, we hiked the iconic Carthew-Alderson trail, only to discover a family of Spruce Grouse near the summit. I spent about an hour with the female and her two young and while I got some good ones that you’ll see in our image galleries, this has to be my favourite. Thank goodness I brought my camera.