Posts tagged “deer

A fawn through the trees

We had a pair of mule deer fawns hanging around our backyard for most of the summer. From wobbly little babies to bouncing youngsters, they entertained us as they learned how to be deer. This was a rare moment where one stood still.

Who knew deer don’t fancy fashion

Desirée and I were doing an autumn fashion shoot in Redwood Meadows for a local jewelry designer – Nicole at Stone Willow Jewellery – last night.

This young buck came by to see what was going on but wasn’t interested for long. Not much of a fashionista as it turned out. Silly deer – my lady was far more intriguing. He did enjoy the greens he found nearby though.


In a sea of prairie green

A spring in the step

White-tailed deer are a bit flighty so when I came across this doe munching on some flowers (another dandelion hunter as it turns out), it was no surprise that the tail came up and she took a few quick steps away.  She quickly returned to grazing so I wasn’t too much of a threat – or the flowers were too good to walk away from.


Happy New Year’s Eve Deer


This White-tailed stag was found during a short drive into Bragg Creek on Christmas day this year.

We are slowly warming up to New Year’s Eve and looking forward to the fireworks that our local community of Redwood Meadows puts on.  Always a great show – and they go early so the children get to enjoy them too!

I hope everyone has enjoyed, or is enjoying the last day of 2016.  It has been a winding year for our family, as it often goes, but still filled with a lot of laughs and the continued wonders of rearing my two children.

A spring snowstorm in Bragg

White-tails in the snow - © Christopher Martin-6321

The snow fell heavily last night after an initial hailstorm started things off.  This morning there was two inches (~5 cm) of snow on the ground.  I went out for a short drive into West Bragg.  I missed the Great gray owl that a couple of photographer friends watched this morning.  This mother White-tailed deer and her two fawns along the edge of the snowy forest made up for that though.

A visitor on the deck

Fawn hills fauna - © Christopher Martin-9466

Bobbi and the kids watched a Lynx walk around our house and into the woods behind yesterday.  I wasn’t home so that wasn’t a show meant for me but we do have less elusive wildlife that comes around.  Particularly in the winter, some of the mule deer who live in the community clip clop onto the deck looking for seeds underneath the bird feeder.  This doe was bold enough to visit during the daytime.  She was rewarded with a pretty good snack being the first visitor in a couple of days.

Deckside deer - © Christopher Martin-9445

A creature of the mist

Creature of the mist - © Christopher Martin-7376-2

With the cooler mornings of late August, mist becomes a frequent visitor before dawn in Bragg Creek.  This young White-tail stag stared at me from a field near the hamlet which gave me a moment to photograph him surrounded by, and almost a part of, the mist on the weekend on a day that started very close to freezing.

Whitetail fawn out for a morning stroll

(please click on the image for a higher resolution version)

This fawn was trailing its mother along this cliff trail above the Elbow River in Kananaskis.  The rising sun had just hit the hillside so the warm light soaked the hill.

Wildlife Around the Pond in Redwood Meadows

There is a small pond just across the road from the firehall in Redwood Meadows.  Spring is when wildlife is most active in this stretch of water.

It regularly overflows its northern edge at that time of the year and then fills up a much larger area, not even close to a lake but it becomes a much larger pool.  This year has had a fair bit of rain so the pond has stayed beyond its borders for the summer so far.  The other evening, the light was really rich and warm.  With the hot temperatures, it was a draw for the animals.  I was happy to watch them for a few minutes.


Holding a deer’s attention in the wild

I find deer to be so alert that I usually can get close and keep them relaxed by letting them see me while I move.  When they are watching me, I can take a couple of steps without causing them to bolt away.  A small flash of movement caught in the corner of an eye or a stray sound will scare both small herds, and larger ones, away.

I did not get particularly close to this pair of white-tailed deer.  I exchanged a few looks as I passed them while on a hike in West Bragg and they were already on alert so I made a couple of images and then continued along the trail that the line dividing Bragg Creek from the edge of Kananaskis Country.   With the rain of the past week, I expect things will start greening up quickly now.  I will get back to this field this weekend of the next one to check on both these white-tails and the foliage.

2011 Favourite Photographs – Wildlife

I’ve been carving out a little time to review my photography over the past year.  It’s been nice to recall some good adventures and revisit some of my favourites from 2011.  I spent a fair bit of time sitting in the snow waiting, driving back roads looking and hiking game trails exploring so it was a great year.  I crossed paths with a few animals and here are my favourite images from those encounters.

This moose and her calf were grazing along Highway 40 west of Highwood Pass in Kananaskis.  She was beautiful and here I was able to make a nice side portrait of her as she watched her young one prancing around.

An early spring hike found me exchanging glances with a large female moose after I heard rustling in this stand of slender branches and saw her a few meters away.

I had some bull moose encounters throughout the year and the hour I walked parallel to this pair in West Bragg Creek near Wild Rose was a highlight.

Where we live we have a lot of opportunity to see white-tailed and mule deer.  I photographed many groups and individuals of both over the last year.  This white-tailed buck was wary of me at first but after passing his sniff test he returned to his wandering.

The mule deer at the edge of the forest was flanked by another, possibly younger deer, deeper in the woods.  They stared at me for a minute before I drove on and they leapt further into the trees.

The Great Gray Owls are present throughout the woods and meadows that I often wander through but they seem to appear only when they want to be seen.  I was able to have some long encounters throughout the year and I continue to be amazed by these magical creatures.

I wanted to photograph more bears this year and I spent a lot of time reading about behaviour, habits and their movements through the year.  It paid off and I was able to enjoy some very good encounters where they were not threatened by my presence and I was able to photograph them safely.

This grizzly encounter was a surprise.  Our group was busy photographing the raw wilderness in the Tonquin Valley on the eastern shore of Amethyst Lake when we noticed this boar walking over the rocks and bushes a couple hundred feet away.  He saw us at the same time and though he didn’t seem threatened, he wasn’t interested in getting any closer either.  He made a quarter turn and walked along the shoreline away from us.

This black bear cub was feasting in a dandelion meadow in the Kootenay National Park in eastern British Columbia.

These mountain goats were taking a break from their mineral foraging to look over the river valley along the Icefields Parkway in the Jasper National Park.

The warm springs along the Vermilion Lakes in the Banff National Park opened a stretch of water where an American Dipper came to reflect and enjoy a nice bath.

The ripples from this American Coot distorted the reflection of the dark telephone pole above a pond in Springbank.

The Sula sula (Red-footed booby) birds in Kilauea on Kaua’i, Hawai’i were great fliers that were a lot of fun to watch at the National Refuge there.

This last one is just a brief glimpse of a humpback whale that Bobbi and I had on a sail we went on in Kaua’i.  I like the abstract aspects of the image overall and it is the source of one of my goals which is to photograph more marine wildlife in the coming year.

I felt sad banishing the runner-up images back to the library without giving them a chance to stretch a bit so I’ve put them into a slideshow here. Have a look at the near misses if you are so inclined.  Thanks for taking a stroll through 2011 with me.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.