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.
Explored a small local treasure today near Cochrane, AB. This gem of once privately owned land was set aside by the owner in the early 80’s in the interest of wildlife conservation. Being off the beaten path it sees very few visitors and under a warm chinook sky it was a nice quiet getaway for a few hours this afternoon. Late in the afternoon we came across a group of Ruffed Grouse including this male that was strutting his goods and letting the others know who’s the boss in his area of the woods.
It was a short walk last week to check on some Great Horned Owls on county land just outside west Calgary. After seeing the young owls were doing fine, a walk through what looked like your average field of grass/shrubs revealed on closer inspection to contain a gorgeous small flower called Starry False Solomon’s Seal.
As a blast of arctic air embraced southern Alberta this past week, many Albertans no doubt found themselves thinking of warmer climates. One warm place that stood out among other experiences for me was a visit to Spitzkoppe, Namibia in May of 2010. As the warmth of the African day continued into the evening, my group and I ascended one of the many rock outcrops that rose up from the desert floor to watch the sun set; this photo was one of many taken that evening.