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Some days you have to just stop and take stock of how lucky we have it. Living where I do I am very fortunate to be able to drive an hour into the mountains and experience such great photo opportunities. Aside from the awe inspiring scenic views the abundance of wildlife presents some amazing photo opportunities. 

Looney about Loons

on July 16, 2012

I have a particular fascination with Loons and in particular the Common Loon that are found in my area. They depict the very essence of the reason I enjoy the outdoors and the wildlife found within.

Black Bears

on July 13, 2012

In search of black bears can be hard work not least involve a bit of driving. Always best to take pepper spray when in bear territory! 

South Africa is a place that I am drawn to time and time again. Initially as a hunter but now my past two trips have been with a camera not my bow. This past June I spent 3 weeks travelling South Africa and 12 of those days in Kruger National Park. 

Sharptail Grouse

on April 22, 2012

This spectacular and interesting bird species is one of the reasons I took up photography once again several years back and indeed why I should try my hand at video as still images just can't do them justice. To watch any grouse species at their lek (breeding ground) is a spectacle everyone interested in nature should see once. 

Sage Grouse

on April 12, 2012

Concerns are being raised that the Greater Sage Grouse could soon disappear off Canadian soil... As I type this I am sat in a small camouflaged canvas blind on the Montana prairie killing time and waiting for the late afternoon dusk to fall and the arrival of the local sage grouse to this, one of their traditional breeding leks and dancing grounds.

The Raven

on March 14, 2012

The Raven is one of the few birds that winter in their home territory unlike their cousins the crow that move south for winter. They are twice as large as any crow and weigh almost 3lbs and are one of the most intelligent birds there are, displaying a high learning ability and indeed have demonstrated they can perform a sequence of complex activities. They can even count which is more than I can, ...math was never my best subject !

Snowy Owls this Winter

on January 18, 2012

The winter of 2011/2012 has seen an unprecedented surge in snowy owl migration and reports have been heard from as far south as the Carolina's and Oklahoma. Meanwhile here around Calgary, Alberta we have seen good numbers as always and I was fortunate to get out and locate a few east of the city.   

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