My favourite wildlife photographs from 2015

 

Bow Valley Grizzly Bear - © Christopher Martin-2372

The past year was an interesting one for my wildlife photography.  I stayed largely in Alberta for the year and the animals presented in this gallery are almost all from close to my home.  Reflecting on that, I’m reminded what an incredible place I live in. Owls were prominent throughout the year with Snowy, Great gray and Great horned owls all sharing time with me.  Black and Grizzly bears were less seen for me but what I had were memorable for me.  I continue to deeply appreciate the more common animals and enjoyed revisiting some of those images when I was putting together this set.  The gallery is made up of 40 images and can be visited by clicking this link or the link above.

Bragg Creek spring owl - © Christopher Martin-5762

Looking back over the year, I pushed myself to create more dynamic images with a goal to show more of the animal’s power, grace and general movement.  I wanted to bring more patience to my time in the field and that has paid off with longer encounters and more enjoyment of the beautiful places I am in while I wait for something to fly, walk or run past.  I have continued to learn more about the animals that I spend time with and that knowledge benefits me in many ways beyond photography. This year I began connecting on a spiritual level with many of the animals that I encounter.  That continues to be an amazing journey whose benefit to my photography is significant but is a distant second to feeling the awareness of these beautiful creatures.

Bull Elk Rutting - © Christopher Martin-1945

I’m excited for the encounters that will come in the new year, the connections I will seek to establish and the places these intentions will lead me to.  Thank you for following my imagery through the year – I am honoured by everyone who chooses to spend time looking at, and hopefully enjoying, my photographs.  Let’s see where things go in 2016…

Jasper Black Bear - © Christopher Martin Photography-9739

15 responses

  1. What stunning wildlife photographs! Do you typically move/hike around when you’re photographing wildlife or do you stake out a single spot?

    January 16, 2016 at 4:05 pm

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  3. Waw!! But you have never scared that they see you? °^°

    January 7, 2016 at 4:28 pm

  4. Absolutely wonderful. Your passion shines through in the amazing images you capture. Wishing you an equally inspiring 2016.

    January 7, 2016 at 2:43 pm

  5. Wow, every year your best keep getting better. Your connection to the animals in your gallery is obvious.

    January 7, 2016 at 5:38 am

  6. Nathalie B

    Elles sont superbes vos photos ! En avez-vous d’autres avec des ours ?
    Bonne journée…

    January 7, 2016 at 2:31 am

  7. Wow. Those are simply stunning. You did an amazing job capturing their wildosity(?) and bringing a taste of the northern wildlife to the rest of the world. I’m blown away. 🙂

    January 6, 2016 at 4:08 pm

  8. janvdijk9464

    heel mooi de plaatjes echt natuur en dieren leuk

    January 6, 2016 at 11:08 am

  9. janvdijk9464

    Reblogged this on janencarinvandijk and commented:
    heel mooi dit en bedank voor het delen gr jan v dijk

    January 6, 2016 at 11:07 am

  10. Amazing. Lookingforward to see what you’ll find in 2016 😊

    January 6, 2016 at 11:07 am

  11. Beautiful!!!

    January 6, 2016 at 11:03 am

  12. Beautiful photos! Love that bear…

    January 6, 2016 at 10:28 am

  13. outstanding

    January 6, 2016 at 10:01 am

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