Black bears were an infrequent sight at the beginning of the summer, largely due to the bumper berry crop that kept grizzlies lower in the valleys for a longer period of time. But we did see this one shy black bear – climbing a tree after smelling a grizzly – along Banff’s 1A. It wasn’t until we arrived in Waterton Lakes National Park where our black bear count went from single digits to well over 30.
While driving the backroads from Waterton to Kananaskis, we spotted numerous birds of prey, including a red-tailed hawk that lingered on a fence post long enough for a quick shot, before it caught a vole and flew away.
We spent considerable time identifying new locations for landscape photography, such as Buller Pond (between Spray Lakes, Kananaskis and Canmore). Our friend, Kerri Martin Photography, also helped us discover the pond’s abundance of amphibians.
And while in Waterton, we decided one rainy morning to cross the border into Glacier National Park (where the sun was reportedly shining) and were immediately rewarded with this solo grizzly feeding near Many Glacier.
More to come!