Thursday, June 22, 2017

June 1-16 Clearwater, Wells Grey Park, Valemount, Jasper, Banff, Okanagan,

After we left the Escape Rally in Osoyoos we headed north and camped a few days at Bear Creek Park near Kelowna.  Then it was up to Wells Gray Park.  
This brown phase bear was in a spot where we were hiking the day before, at Wells Gray.  It was the second brown bear we had seen in just a few days.
This is a view taken on a great trail in Valemount called Cranberry Bog.
Northern Waterthrushes were common on the Cranberry Bog trail.
Jasper was our next stop.  A Bull Moose's antlers were starting to sprout.  Taken on the Maligne Lake Road in Jasper.
A closeup of the Moose reveals its ears grow hair for the winter and sheds it for the warmer months.
We camped at Whistlers Campground in Jasper.  This elk had a new born just a few campsites away from us.  We also encountered fellow Escape owner "Red Dog" from Texas here.  We had met Fred at the Escape rally in Osoyoos a few days earlier.
Athabasca Falls and Mt. Kerkeslin in the background.
We took a trip up the Whistler Gondola in Jasper.  There were many Golden-mantled Ground Squirrels at the summit. 
A good place to find Mountain Goats in Jasper is the Mt. Kerkeslin pullout.
A Tennessee Warbler was a nice find on the Icefield Parkway.
Back on the top of Whistler Mountain, Dian alerted me to a pair of White-tailed Ptarmigan.
These birds are moulting into their summer plumage. 
We left Jasper to spend a few days at Tunnel Mountain Campsite in Banff.  Park staff kept tourists at bay while yet another brown bear patrolled the Minewanka parking lot.
This cow moose crossed the road on a trip we took through the Spray Valley and Kananaskis highway.
We first discovered the moose after they swam across a lake.
This young bull must have been the cow's last year calf.  It won't be long before she chases it away so she can breed in the fall.
This scraggy Rocky Mountain Bighorn was the only sheep we saw on the trip.  
Grizzlys seem to be a fairly common sight on the Kananaskis highway.  Most of the females in this area are tagged and collared.
Kananaskis has some great scenery.
Another Kananaskis scene.  Fresh snow on the ground.
We left Banff to travel through Cranbrook where a chirping Killdeer led us to her chicks.
Our last stop before heading home was Okanagan Falls Provincial Park Campground.  Young Flickers begged in the campsite next to us.
We alway try to bird White Lake Road when we visit the Okanagan.  A Clay-colored Sparrow popped up.
Red-breasted Nuthatches are common in the Okanagan.
A bird of the sage brush country is the Sage Thrasher.
A Pacific Forest Tree Frog (brown phase) joined us at our OK Falls campsite the morning we left.

We spent about 3 1/2 weeks travelling on this trip. It was great to revisit sites we had explored in years past and capture the things we appreciate, on pixels.

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  1. Oh Len the scenery is gorgeous makes me want to go back. The WTPT shots are stunning! Glad you and Dian had a great trip.

  2. We are going to try to get back to Jasper in September when the animals look their best. Thanks Mel.