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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Canadian Landscape Photography Contest

I've been slacking off on my blogging of late, choosing to chase wolves instead for an article I'll be writing later this year for Outdoor Photography Canada magazine on how to photograph wolves in the wild.

However, while I've been off shooting, my partners in SNAP! Nature Photography Seminars, Darwin Wiggett and Sam Chrysanthou, have been busy putting together a photo contest to promote our April weekend seminar in Canmore, Alberta. They've organized a Canadian Landscape Photo Contest on Darwin's blog which is open to anyone and includes some great prizes, like free participation in the seminar! Check it out for more info....

Abandoned grain elevators in Mossleigh, Alberta

There is lots of news on the wolf front here in Banff National Park of late, too. Unfortunately, it's not all good. After the demise of the Bow Valley wolf family in the past year and a half, we were very fortunate to have two new wolf families establish themselves in the park recently. However, this past week, one wolf from each pack was lost on Banff's roads.

Is it a case of "Here we go again?" Let's hope not, but the fact one of the wolves was the alpha female of the new Tunnel-Spray pack is not a good sign just as mating season goes into full swing.

Raven, one of the yearling pups of the new Pipestone wolf family, was killed recently near Lake Louise

I have been in several meetings with Parks Canada researchers and wardens in the past month trying to determine what steps can be taken to end these needless accidents.

Stay tuned for more information.



  1. I wish I would have had a look from that site of the building while watching for snowy owls. Great shot!

    Sad story about the wolves. I was at Aurum Lodge last weekend and one of the owners saw tracks along Hwy11, unfortunately in the direction of the trapper in that area. In Germany they try to re-establish a wolf population again, while they're being killed here. What a shame.

  2. Nice seeing you back blogging. I was wondering if you were okay. Looking forward the the Camera Store talk and the SNAP seminar. What a great opportunity!

  3. We were just in Banff and Kanaskis this weekend and were looking for signs of the wolves. While we would love to see the wolves in the wild it is so hard to hear that they are being killed on the roads. This is definitely a population we need to work to conserve.

  4. Hello John. I enjoyed reading the little article on the wolves in the park so much that I have ordered the December issue of CG. I love wolves as a photographer myself and wish people would stop the needless killing of these beautiful and totally misunderstood animals. Unfortunately every time when we want to save some species of animals the cute and cuddly get the front stage, but everything goes on the back burner when it comes to some sort of human development. I hope the park staff and wardens can come up with a great solution to stop the needless traffic killings.