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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Photo of the Day - Black Wolf

Since my wife jokingly chastised me last night for yesterday's 'Photo of the Day' being a spring photograph of an avocet, I am reverting to fall/winter shots for the next little while to appease her.  Today's photo celebrates our first big dump of snow here in the Rockies (10 cm last night!), which usually means I'm out looking for wolves somewhere or other.  This year has been particularly tough so far and I'm a weak 0-for, as in 0 for 11 in going out searching for wolves.  But that's pretty typical for wolf photography, you can go out for 20 straight days and see nothing, but that one magical day may be the 21st, so you head right back out and try again!

Faith, the female leader of the Pipestone wolf pack in Banff, Yoho and Kootenay National Parks

Last year I spent more than forty days in the field looking for wolves and had just two good days of photography.  This image above was from one of those days; this is Faith, the leading female of the Pipestone wolf family from about 20 km north of Herbert Lake on the Icefields Parkway.

Hope you enjoy the photo!



  1. Very nice shot John. I feel like I entered her world without disturbing her. Thanks for sharing all your beautiful images. They are always gorgeous and inspiring.

  2. Another great shot. Forty days? Is it harder to find wolves now compared to your earlier days of photography?

  3. Thanks Philippe and Consuelo. It's not necessarily any harder than in previous years, it's just never easy to find wolves. Today was another barren day of finding nothing, but tomorrow could be different!

  4. I am continually amazed at your patience in pursuing these wonderful photos. Any chance you could sell your patience in a bottle?

    When you go out searching for wolves, is there something specific you are looking for?

  5. Thanks for the comment Lyle. The smart-alec answer would be, "Yes, wolves." That's also kind of the real answer, though I'm not just looking for the physical animal, I'm also looking for any sign of where they've been and where they're headed. For instance today I spent a good portion of the day trying to figure out where the tracks I found were headed (I never did figure it out).

  6. Awesome photo of the day John! I love wolves and I love banff. Your blog is my favorite stop of the day! Keep up the good work!