Having grown up in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia, each autumn brought a barrage of Bigleaf Maple leaves that coloured and fell from the trees. While the Bigleaf Maple doesn’t colour as elaborately as the maples of eastern Canada and the northeast United States, it brought a subtle beauty and contrast to the lush green landscape of my youth. The Bigleaf Maple doesn’t grow in my current province (Alberta) however a trip to Oregon’s Silver Falls State Park in late September included seeing this old memory of autumn and was a reminder of places once lived.
Unlike the multitude of American Kestrels we came across today, this handsome horse had no problem posing for a photo in the winds of southern Alberta.
Situated on the banks of the Li River, Yangshuo in southeast China is surrounded by limestone mountains that are a beautiful backrop to a culture filled city. It was the last day on a visit there in September of 2013, an early morning rise to catch a bus to the next city made for a last chance at capturing this stunning landscape.
Over the last few years I’ve had a few encounters with American Badgers but almost all were very brief and limited to seeing them scurry across paved highways in my travels throughout southern Alberta. Known for being very private with natal den sites and putting on an impressive display of attitude towards intruders; finding this den with 3 young of year last week was a rewarding encounter that was an exception to the norm. While she watched closely, the female allowed me to photograph a tender moment with one of her young.
Went back to the location of a Red Fox den that I photographed last spring and found the vixen to be in fine form and having 8 pups to take care of this year. While waiting at the den site, the vixen went hunting for about 40-45mins and came back with a mouthful for her little ones.
This image was taken a few weeks back in south central British Columbia. What was supposed to be a long exposure on the night sky ended early with a moon rise that reminded me of the words of the song “Morning has Broken” by musical artist Cat Stevens. Although it looks as though the sun has broken the horizon, it was in fact an almost full moon that quickly changed the direction of this image.