One of the highlights from this past summer was being able to watch and document the lives of a mink family. They’re quick, agile and adorable, making the encounters photographically challenging, but incredibly rewarding.
The second image is another shot of Jill posing in a shallow river during a brief stop in Jasper National Park. The park – and Jasper Lake (actually a river) in particular – are amongst our favourite places for landscape photography in North America.
As we’ve mentioned several times before, Banff National Park was crawling with grizzly bears during the summer of 2016, due in large part to the bumper crop of buffalo berries. Thanks to the incredible work by Parks Canada’s team, we were able to enjoy encounters with 12 different grizzlies, while learning about the genetic history of the individual bears. Parks understood what bears could tolerate onlookers and what bears needed extra space. Their individual policies for specific bears – and specific areas – helped ensure that bear viewing was safe and respectful. And from what we observed, the Parks team always worked with onlookers respectfully and prioritized education. It made us proud to be Canadian.
Finally, another preview of the elk rut. These encounters are fascinating to watch, but also nerve-wracking. It can be difficult to watch at times, especially when the rut gets a little too intense between two big bull elk.