the cutest thing you’ve seen today!

Sometimes it pays to be patient.  Three years ago when I went to Jasper on the annual camping adventure with my parents, I really wanted to get a picture of a mountain goat, just because I didn’t have one and I like taking pictures of animals.  It’s good to have goals, but no mountain goats were seen on that trip. I ended up buying an art print of a mountain goat at a store in Jasper, instead.

But, maybe this year! We were driving to Miette Hot Springs one afternoon and happened on some mountain goats grazing on the side of the road. Of course, we pulled over (because isn’t that what every tourist does when they see wild animals on the side of the road in a national park?!) The goats were across the road and my dad and I were standing beside a cliff taking pictures when I heard rocks falling. I looked up and saw these two little kids:

Mountain goat kids Jasper

Look at that face! Those ears!

They were attempting to make their way down (mom was likely across the road), but I don’t think they ever did.

Mountain Goat Kid Jasper

What a ham!

Hey! Mountain Goat Kids JasperJPG

Yup, still checking you out!

Mom! mountain goat kid jasper

We could use a little help, Mom!

So, now does anyone know of any owl hotspots in Western Canada?  That’s the next one on my list!!

a trip to the camera store in Jasper…

This is one of my favourite pics I took while camping in Jasper National Park.  After supper one night, we drove from Whistlers Campground to Jasper to check out the camera store.  It was closed, so we decided to go on an evening wildlife viewing drive in the Jasper Park Lodge area. While leaving town, this was the view from the rail yard…

Jasper Railway tracks

We saw a bear and a lot of elk while driving in the Lake Edith/Lake Annette area…

bear near Lake Annette Elk at Lake Annette 2 Elk at Lake Annette

It had been raining, but on the return trip, the rain turned into a very light sprinkle, and this beautiful rainbow emerged…

Jasper rainbow

So, while the trip to the camera store was unsuccessful, our evening drive was one of our most scenic of the trip.  All these pics were taken in the span of about an hour!

Maligne Lake boat house

Of the sightseeing we did in Jasper, Maligne Lake was my favourite stop. I think I may even prefer it to Lake Louise which I wasn’t expecting. It’s still a very touristy spot, but has a more relaxed atmosphere, and of course, the scenery is beautiful. The bonus of a cloud-filled sky made for pretty photo ops. I’ll be excited to upload the pics from my cameras when I get home, but here’s another iPhone pic for now.  


Mount Edith Cavell

This is a picture of the drive up to Mount Edith Cavell in Jasper National Park in July.  While going through my photo library, I realized there are quite a few pics from that trip I haven’t posted yet (so I expect I’ll post more, along with some more current wintery Saskatchewan scenes in the coming weeks).