Jasper in November • Caught With Your Pants Down

“If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?”   Ok, let’s look at it from a different perspective. If a photographer makes an error in his blog post and nobody says anything,  did anyone notice?  Well, I’m an honest guy so….time to come clean.  In my last post I claimed the images were made in Jasper National Park in mid-November of 2011 where in fact they were actually made from a weekend jaunt in early October of 2011.  I knew something wasn’t quite right as I sorted through more Jasper in November images for this weekends post.  Most of those images had fresh new snow and were for the most part very monochromatic when I realized my goof.  So…previous post: October…this post: November…I think I got it straight now!  

Jasper National Park, Alberta Canada, red fox,

RED FOX : Prints Available – Nikon D3S, Nikon 300mm f/2.8 VR, 1/400 sec @ f4.0, ISO 400, handheld

Ok then…back in mid November in Jasper National Park…     

Jasper National Park, Alberta Canada

JUVENILE MOOSE : Prints Available – Nikon D3S, Nikon 300mm f/2.8 VR, 1/200 sec @ f3.5, ISO 400, handheld

I pulled in to set camp on a fresh zero degree Celsius  afternoon in the Wapiti campground but before I began to unpack and set up my tent, the three and a half hour drive and my morning coffee prompted me to explore the facilities. I was happy to find that I would have a heated restroom with a toilet and hot running water and not  just an ice cold outhouse for the next three days. I nodded happily, dried my hands and just before heading for the door, I heard a sound from  just outside.  Since there was not a human soul in sight, I figured it was an elk which are abundant throughout the park all year round. 

Jasper National Park, Alberta Canada

WAPITI ( ELK ) : Prints Available – Nikon D3S, Nikon 300mm f/2.8 VR, 1/80 sec @ f2.8, ISO 400, tripod

Upon exiting, I turned my head and not twenty yards ahead was one of the most gorgeous grey wolves I have ever seen. With his full winter coat, he turned his head and looked right at me but not with a look in his eyes that said “ lunch”, but rather an acknowledgment of my presence. He turned and continued on his journey.  Of course, my camera was still sitting in my car about a hundred feet away.  My first thought, as the adrenalin began to pump,  was to head to the car and grab my gear.  Common sense prevailed and knowing that this beautiful wolf would be long gone before I even got to my car,  I simply sat back and enjoyed a rare glimpse of a grey wolf in the wild.  I smiled and laughed at myself. I guess you could say that I was caught with my pants down!  Note to self:  Always have camera gear ready at all times when in the wilderness!  Despite the missed photo opportunity with the wolf,  the next three days in Jasper would present a variety of wildlife including elk, deer, moose and even a red fox.

mule deer, jasper national park

Mule Deer : Prints Available – Nikon D300, Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR, 1/200 sec @ f/3.2, ISO 400, handheld

Jasper National Park, Alberta Canada

ELK GRAZING : Prints Available – Nikon D3S, Nikon 300mm f/2.8 VR, 1/200 sec @ f5.0, ISO 8000, tripod

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Until next time…


2 comments / Add your comment below

  1. Hear what? There was no sound from where I was sitting.
    Fantastic work with the red fox. Good composition (not that I am qualified to say), the color of the brush lends well to the “feel”


    1. Thanks very much Gord! Since photography is pretty subjective, you are more than qualified to offer your opinion! =^) That fox was pretty cool. I drove up the road about 100 yards ahead and let him come towards me. He seemed to be perfectly happy with that arrangement until a tourist decided he wanted to get a “close up” with his point and shoot and basically chased him back into the woods. My philosophy is respect the wildlife…we are after-all guests in their home.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts!


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