Thursday, November 19, 2009

A Tribute to Delinda

On the eve of Canadian Geographic's cover shot of Delinda, I have put together a new story in my Storybook Gallery about Delinda and the rest of the Bow Valley wolf pack, featuring a collection of some of my favourite wolf photographs from the past two years.

Delinda skirting the edge of a meadow

CBC has also posted an article online on CBC News about Delinda, the cover shot, and some of my comments about her death and what it means to me and to the Bow Valley.

The timing is interesting as we near some of the most important planning and management decisions in years concerning our first (and many would argue, most important) national park, Banff National Park. I encourage you to visit Parks Canada's website and voice your opinions about the draft management plan. The draft plan is woefully inadequate to support any sustained ecological integrity in the park, and suprisingly talks about increasing visitation in the park, which is NOT Parks Canada's mandate. Rather, they need to be concerned about making visiting the park a better experience for those that do come here, while at the same time putting far more effort into ensuring that our wolves and grizzlies do not continue to die on our roads and railways. This whole "if we pretend we're doing something about it then no one will question us" attitude needs to change immediately, the status quo is no longer acceptable.

Please consider writing a Letter to the Editor of either the Banff Crag & Canyon or the Rocky Mountain Outlook, as well as sending an email directly to Mike Murtha with Parks Canada.


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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

New Seminars and CBC Radio

CBC Radio in Alberta will be airing an interview with me this Thursday, November 19th between 12 and 12:30 p.m. (over lunch) on Wild Rose Country with Donna McElligott on Delinda, the wolf on the cover of the upcoming Canadian Geographic issue.

And after the success of my first two seminars with The Camera Store (this Saturday's 'Getting Wild about Photography with John E. Marriott' is also sold out), we've decided to offer my seminars again in February for anyone that missed the first two.

Getting Wild about Photography will be offered on Saturday, February 13th from 1-3 p.m. and How to Self-Publish (and actually make money at it) is scheduled to run on Saturday, February 27th from 1:30-3:30 p.m.

I also just learned yesterday that my insurance for my new tour off-shoot for my company has been approved, so stay tuned for tour information for a number of high profile and exciting trips in 2010 in early January.

Two polar bear buddies relaxing after a playfight

The destinations I hope to start with for 2010 include trips to Churchill to photograph polar bears, a trip to Princess Royal Island in BC to photograph white kermode bears, a trip to a remote location in BC to photograph mountain grizzlies, and a trip to Nunavut north of the Arctic Circle to photograph caribou, musk-ox and if we're lucky, tundra wolves.



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Sunday, November 8, 2009

Christmas Book Orders and Calgary Signings

Chapters-Indigo is currently offering all of my books at 25-35% off for all online orders in North America before Christmas. The books make excellent Christmas presents and at those discounts, you can get all 4, plus free shipping, for just over $80 Cdn. Check out the Products section of this website for more information on the books, or order books online from

For those of you in the Calgary area, I'm doing three big book signings in November and December, beginning with a signing next weekend on Saturday, November 14th from 1-5 p.m. at the Indigo CrossIron Mills in Rocky View (the massive new mall north of the city). If you want a personalized copy of any of my books for yourself or as gifts, this will be an excellent opportunity to do so. And if you just want to stop by and say hi, please do!

I'm also doing signings in the city of Calgary on Saturday, December 5th at Chapters Dalhousie from 12:30-3 p.m. and on Sunday, December 13th at Indigo Signal Hill from 1-5 p.m.

Here are a few sample page layouts from the most recent books, The Canadian Rockies: Banff, Jasper & Beyond, which comes in two editions, large and small:

Pages 4-5

Pages 20-21 of 96 pages

Stay tuned later this week for more polar bear images from last November, along with some spring grizzly bear shots from this past May and June.

I will also be posting further news of another Self-Publishing seminar in Calgary in February after the success of my first one this past Saturday which sold out and was packed to the hilt. Thanks to everyone that managed to come out! For those of you that don`t have access to Calgary seminars, I have been thinking of posting this seminar online as a purchaseable pdf e-booklet. Let me know if this would interest any of you.

Btw, a final note for anyone using Internet Explorer: IE is not a colour-managed browser, so if the colours of my photos or books online look ridiculously saturated, it`s not my photos or your monitor, it`s Internet Explorer. Try Firefox or Safari or just about anything else and you`ll be amazed how much more real the colours look as you surf the web.




Thursday, November 5, 2009

Canadian Geographic Cover

It's official! The December issue of Canadian Geographic magazine will feature this image of mine of Delinda, a wild wolf that I came to know very well over the course of a few years, on the cover:

I knew I was in the running for the cover about two weeks ago when the photo editor for the magazine called me and asked for my permission to put two of my images of Delinda in the online 'cover vote' that they do with subscribers to confirm their selection of each month's cover.

My two images (see below) were up against a red fox.

Fortunately for me, the readers chose one of the images of Delinda, though as this week's Banff Crag & Canyon article on the cover selection suggests, I wasn't sure I'd win. In fact, I was pretty sure that my two wolf images would saw each other off at the pass in the voting, handing the next cover to the image of the red fox.

Thankfully I was wrong! It's my first cover of Canadian Geographic magazine, though I've had several covers with them for their catalogs and calendars over the years and am quite regularly published in the magazine via my stock photography agents.

The Canadian Geographic website is also doing a feature story on the cover shot and on my experiences with Delinda, the former matriarch of the Bow Valley wolf pack who died tragically on the Trans-Canada Highway a year ago. You can read more about her untimely death in the article below from Macleans magazine in September 2008 (click on the picture to see the full-size article).

A year later and Delinda's death is still no easier for me to take. Every time I drive the Bow Valley Parkway I'm reminded of the cherished time I got to spend watching and photographing her and her pack. Her death signaled a changing of the pack structure and the beginning of chaos amid the Bow Valley wolves. Today, 14 months after her death, more than half her pack has been killed just like she was on the busy roads of Banff National Park, Canada's supposed 'flagship' national park. And with no sightings of any members of the pack in the past few months, no one is even sure if any of them are still alive.

Since this coming December issue is the special first anniversary of Canadian Geographic's annual Wildlife-only issue and one of the topics in the magazine will be the state of wildlife conservation in Canada, I think it's very fitting that this iconic image of Delinda, one that already greets millions of Banff visitors from the back of one of the town's hybrid buses, will be gracing the cover of Canada's most-read nature magazine.

I can only hope her picture and her story lead to an improvement in how wildlife is managed (an oxymoron in itself) in our national parks.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

SNAP! Photo Seminars

I am thrilled to announce that this coming April I am teaming up with renowned professional nature photographers Darwin Wiggett and Samantha Chrysanthou to offer a great weekend SNAP! Photography Seminar, called Mastering Digital Nature Photography from Capture to Commerce, in Canmore, Alberta, Canada.

Mastering Digital Nature Photography from Capture to Commerce will run from Friday, April 23rd to Monday, April 26th, with the two primary instructional seminar days being the Saturday and the Sunday. It's going to be geared at all levels of photography and will be a fantastic weekend for all involved. Please check out the site and feel free to email me if you have any questions.

Hope to see you here in Canmore!


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Monday, November 2, 2009

Polar Bear Pictures

A year ago, as a test trip as part of a Canadian wildlife photography tour company that I'm launching in 2010, I visited Churchill, Manitoba along with a few colleagues. We braved -40 temperatures and five days of blizzards, but got some absolutely fabulous opportunities with the polar bears.

This is the first sneak peek at the polar bear pictures (the best are yet to come!). Enjoy!

A young polar bear bedded down in a snow drift

An adult polar bear pops up for a look at us

Mother and cub in a winter blizzard

Large adult polar bear having a snooze on the ice

A polar bear crosses the vast tundra beneath stormy skies

Two polar bears spar (playfight)

A mother polar bear and her yearling cub cross the tundra beneath sunny skies

For more information and updates on my new tour company launching in 2010, please stay tuned here on my blog.



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