Jasper Wildlife

Of course when painting en plein air, even with a group of people as with Watercolour in Jasper, wildlife is always a consideration.  On our trip in mid-September we saw plenty of large animals in the park, although none were curious about us.

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Moose had been causing a stir on the route to Maligne Lake. A photography stop at a small pull out turned up these two, a mother and calf. At first we were by ourselves, having a quiet moment with nature. Before long though, the hoardes noticed us looking into the bush and descended, most in search of a great photo. We were lucky to wiggle the car back onto the road and escape; the moose had to stay and ready for winter as the paparazzi looked on.

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Imagine the attraction of a gorgeous male moose! The highway was lined with people pulled onto narrow shoulders and streaming the edge of a steep hill to have a look at this guy. Camera in one hand, baby in another, a man beside me narrowly avoided being hit by a car as he got his shot. Thousands of photos were taken of this moose, in exactly the same position, in the ten minutes we were there.

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This elk narrowed her chances of being photographed by hanging around Tekarra Lodge. Only the people staying there would see her. As you can see, she has also perfected the Rear View Photographic Evasion Tactic (RVPET).

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Yawn. What’s the big fuss about, anyway?

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