Vermilion Lakes, Banff. We can’t think of a more beautiful view. It was especially nice to finally photograph this area in the summer to contrast the shots we captured in March, when the lake was frozen over. It was also nice for Simon to take photographs with Jill by his side – a treat reserved for days when you’re actually able to feel your limbs after ten seconds of exposure.
One of the first photographs we took this summer was of this cow moose and her two calves, strolling through Kananaskis Country’s Buller Pond. Maybe it was a sign of our photographic successes to come, as we both love nothing more than animals in water. Sadly, this mom lost one calf later in the summer, as we found her again on one of our last days in the Rockies.
We mentioned on social media in August that we had the incredible luck of finding and observing a mink den. The encounter – and being able to document playing, fighting, eating and sleeping – was one of the great joys of our summer. Of all the shots we captured, this might be our favourite. To be able to capture a photo of a baby mink, still and in decent light, is, as we learned, not something you’re able to do very often.
Although we always feel on edge in Kananaskis due to the overzealous conservation officers, we were able to stop briefly and safely off the road and observe a sow grizzly and yearling for a few moments with our friend Kerri Martin. The sow and cub constantly stood up when certain types of cars passed – car types driven by the conservation officers – worried that they were about to be hazed. It’s a wonder they are ever able to retain enough calories, given the number of times they are chased off the road by paintballs and rubber bullets and sirens…and all Dodge trucks that use the road.