Waterton Wildlife

Waterton Wildlife

Moose Waterton Wildlife
Moose, Moose, Moose

I like the scenery in Waterton but I like Waterton wildlife even more!! There are so many animals to photograph!!

Some days it can be frustrating as you can search and wait and nothing appears. Other days you cannot turn around without finding something to photograph.

The last couple of trips there has been a lot of animals to photograph. Waterton wildlife has been out in force this spring!!!

Early this spring I saw more moose in three days then I have seen in Waterton the entire 40 years I have been going there. It seemed that the moose decided all at once to venture out and about.

Waterton Wildlife
Heh you listening????

The birds have also been out in abundance. Many I did not even photograph as I was enjoying watching them. Cranes up around Belly river and a pair down along the entrance road.

Hawks and eagles like crazy all over the park.

Lots of song birds and even birds that just wanted to have a conversation with you like a Grey Jay up at Belly River that was having a good conversation with me.

Waterton Wildlife
Lookout!
Waterton Wildlife
Prepare for take-off!!
White-crowned sparrow
EXCUSE ME!!!! White-crowned sparrow

Moving around

I have also seen a couple foxes this spring. They were in a two different parts of the park. I have never seen foxes in these areas before. Since the fire animals have ventured out from their familiar surroundings and the foxes were a long way from the usual places I see them. I think this may be due to the fact that their prey have been able to expand their range as well.

Waterton Wildlife Fox
I am not watching you!!
Fox out for a morning run
Morning run through the wet grass

Bears are also out in force. In one area I saw four bears. They seemed comfortable with each other and with the people around. Years ago I heard a talk from Andy Russel about bears. He said when the food supply is abundant bears will hang out with each other with no issues. So if that is true the food supply must be abundant this year.

Waterton’s newest power couple!
A little bear out exploring
Waterton Black Bear and burnt trees
I LOVE this picture and the burnt trees. To me it says life from fire.

Even insects can make good subjects, especially when they are busy eating.

Even bugs can be interesting!
Walking on water

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Parks Canada Waterton

Red Rock Coulee

Red Rock Coulee – Great in all seasons!

Red Rock Coulee
Red Rock Coulee
Red Rock Coulee

If you are looking for an amazing road trip may I suggest Red Rock Coulee.  I have driven past on highway 3 a number of times and always wondered what was there, now I know. It is well worth the drive for a day or even if you want to stay in the area for a couple days.

Will be heading back that way soon for some more pictures and exploring!  Funny thing is that all the rock pictures that I took and I like the flower ones the best!

This place is amazing, a little out of the way and NO services. There is one broken picnic table and that is all the extras that are there. But it is well worth the drive. I do suggest that you go WELL prepared. When it is hot out this place is even hotter. If it is dry this place is drier. When it is cool this place is COLD!! There is no shelter to get out of the weather unless you hide behind a rock and they are not that big!

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Fort MacLeod

Fort MacLeod – Lots of photo opportunities

If you are like me you have driven through Fort MacLeod a number of times. Going or coming to Lethbridge from the Crowsnest Pass or Calgary it is a part of the drive. This post is from a few years back and as I was cleaning up the blog I could not resist to publish this one before summer arrives! Something to add to your summer adventures!

The Empress

Empress Fort MacLeod
Inside the Empress
Empress Fort MacLeod
The front of the Empress, Fort MacLeod

For many years the only reason we would stop in Fort MacLeod was for the ice cream shop next to the fort. During the summer a stop at the ice cream shop was a treat for the kids as we were heading home from a trip. Of course Dad did not mind the stop either. But a couple years ago I had a chance to do some photography of the Fort and the Empress Theater. I have to say the assignment opened my eyes to the photo opportunities around Fort MacLeod. It is worth the drive, or a stop, when passing through.

Tour the Empress theater opened my eyes to some of the history of the area.  It is a great tour to take! The theater really is a part of the past and it is so well preserved. As part of the shoot I had the chance to wander around the place with a guide then on my own and it was amazing to see everything!!


The fort at Fort MacLeod

Fort MacLeod
Flag raising

The Fort also has a lot of amazing displays. The museum relives the settlement of southern Alberta. A huge highlight of the stop is the Musical ride. It is a treat taking you back in time to when the Fort was a major player in southern Alberta and western Canada. Add to all this the fact that the Fort has a number of photo opportunities and a stop in Fort MacLeod is going to get you some fantastic photos.

Fort MacLeod
Inspection

Mud Flaps – White Turtle III

Mud Flaps

Back in December I ordered a set of mud flaps for the White Turtle III. It was actually the van’s Christmas present. They arrived a week into the cold snap that we had and I was not going to try installing them at -30 or -50. So today all the ice and snow melted in the driveway and it was warm enough to install.

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RV Heat

RV Heat

RV heat that magical thing that can turn a cold night into a toasty warm experience and make the great outdoors seem a lot more tame. When I wrote about cold weather camping I wanted to include more information on furnaces but it was quickly getting off topic. So I decided that I would write just about RV heat. There is a lot of misinformation about RV furnaces so I want to dispelled some of the myths.

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