Slow Down!!

What you see when you slow down!! I was out for a walk the other night at Belly River Campground in Waterton Lakes National Park. I have to walk slowly with my lung condition and this night was no different with the heat and humidity. As I stopped to catch my breath I could hear something in the tree beside me. It was a gentle noise like a light breeze but I could hear something in the tree. I stood still for a minute then this little guy appeared in front of my face, He had been checking me out as I stood there and had decided that I was no danger. Probably because of my wheezing he figured he could outrun me 🙂 🙂 . So he continued with his feeding. I was able to shoot a pile of images, the only thing that caused me to stop shooting was the horde of mosquitoes that showed up and the fact I left the bug spray in the van.

What you see when you slow down

So the next time you are out shooting, don’t be in a rush. Slow down and see all the things that you would miss if you were rushing past.

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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

Waterton Images

Parks Canada Waterton

Waterton Mosquitoes

Waterton Mosquitoes

One type of wildlife not mentioned in Waterton are the mosquitoes! My latest trip to Waterton was June 15 & 16 2019. I was not suppose to be in Waterton but was so happy I was there. The forecast for two days of rain did not happen, the temperature was nice and the wind was low… what more could you ask for!!

I seldom go into the town site. One of my favorite stops is at Maskinonge Lake. I have a couple spots I love to park at and will spend hours there. When I got to Waterton it was clear but the clouds started to move in. I got to a spot to park and wanted to head out in the kayak but I pulled a muscle a few weeks ago and still am trying to get it to heal. Instead I watched the storm move in then went to explore.

Maskinonge Lake, Mosquitoes and all!!
Waterton June 15 2019, Maskinonge Lake
Look out mosquitoes - the Thermacell is running.

When I stopped I opened the back doors. There is a huge screen to stop bugs and it was COATED in seconds!! I carry my bear spray when I am out and was tempted to use it on all the mosquitoes.

They were THICK!!!!

I recently bought a new device that I decided to try. It is called a Thermacell and on the first try I found it works GREAT!!!!

I had another device years ago I thought was made by Thermacell and it worked good. This works amazing!!

In 15 minutes the screen was clear and I could stand under my canopy and there was not a bug to be found!!!

After the storm passed I went out to shoot and as I walked away from the Thermacell I was eaten alive. Proof how well it works!

Fly on flower
I love to photograph bugs & insects as long as they are not trying to eat me 🙂

If you like to camp or be out in nature I cannot recommend this more!!! The one I bought clips to your belt so if you are going out taking pictures you can attach it to your belt. They have other models as well. Not cheap, but effective!!!

This link will take you to Canadian Tires line. They are also available at Walmart and a few other places in Lethbridge.

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Waterton Park – Prince of Wales

I love Waterton Park!!! Get me started on the management of the park and you will not be able to stop me as I truly want Waterton protected for the future!. I think Waterton is perfect in so many ways. Now ask me what I think in the dead of winter when the wind will not stop blowing and the snow keeps drifting and I may say something else but that is all part of Waterton.

On amazing days there is no place any better than Waterton! Saturday morning was one of those times. I was suppose to teach a class in Waterton on Saturday morning. Just before they confirmed the class I agreed to head out to Yoho for a shoot. Then the Yoho shoot got postponed as the parkway was not open yet. So I headed to Waterton on Saturday to see what was out and about. It started raining sometime in the early morning on Sunday and got harder and harder all night. Sometime around 4 I got up for a drink and I realized that I had a window open and the rain had been hitting that window. Closed the window and went back to sleep and listened to the rain on the roof. Around 6 I woke up to still more rain. I thought if it was raining I may as well stay in bed. Woke up again at 7 and the rain had stopped and some sun had started to peak out. Got up and headed out to shoot! WOW what a morning!!! No wind, the clouds were breaking up and the sun was starting to poke through.

Where to go???

The only problem with a morning like this is where to go, there are SOOOOO many places that you want to go to when it is perfect out. After a drive up to the lookout just before the border on Chief Mountain Highway I headed back towards the town site. I passed a number of good photo opportunities as I had some ideas in my mind what I wanted to shoot. As I got closer to the town site I made up my mind. I turned off the road to a lookout over the valley that I have always wanted to use. Today was that day!!! Got up to the lookout only to run into a couple bears. So much for getting out here. A few pictures of them then to location two, Driftwood beach.

The weather was still perfect so I got a amazing shot of the POW. Some days it is just a perfect place to work at!!!

Waterton Park

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Waterton May 11 2019

Headed to Waterton yesterday, May 11 2019. Was an AMAZING day. Not many people outside of the town site. The town site was PACKED. Was going to spend the night at Belly River campground but decided to head home as the wind came up later in the day.

A few pictures of the van in Waterton.

first stop has been the same for the last year and that is up on Chief Mountain Highway. I head up to the border then turn around and work my way down.

It is cool looking into the US without crossing the border. From this lookout I headed to Belly River Campground to see how busy it was. Not busy at all but that will soon change.

Waterton May 11 2019
Looking across the border into Glacier

After a tour and shooting around Waterton it was off to find a quiet place to rest. Maskinonge is the perfect spot, lots of people drive through but they don’t stay, must be because there is no services there. I do not mind, better for me. Also being May 11, 2019 it still is not tourist season.

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Waterton Spring Visit

Waterton Spring Trip

Waterton Spring
If I stand really still the photographer will not see me!!
Waterton April 20, 2019. This fox came for a visit. He headed to a field to hunt some ground squirrels then would head back to his den He was so wet but this shot does not show it.

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