The whiskey jack or Canada Jay or Gray Jay - whatever name you want to call him - he steals food.
They were entertaining birds to watch - always found in the busiest of places. The jays are half the size of the ravens who complete with them for food.
This one was spotted in the Ice Field Car park - having someones left over lunch.
Lots & lots of pennies to be collected here - don't know who could - but if your good at climbing you'd be rich.
Go try your luck at tossing a dime onto the canyon ledge - but make sure you've enough small change cause only 1 of 6 I threw landed safely - the rest - ah well probably landed in the river below.
If you visit a popular beauty spot, most are very popular with lots of people taking pictures, have a wee break & sit down on the bench, relax & wait a while. The crowds will thin out, as most are bus parties on a timetable, then you can capture some perfect shots.
We caught sight of this fantastic little bear cub. He was wandering along the side of the road as we made our way to Maligne Lake.
Unfortunately, an imbecile dad and his kid also saw the bear. We kept our distance and remained in our car. But the dad pushed his kid toward the bear and demanded that the kid get a picture. This one time I spoke up and told the idiot to be careful that the mother bear may be back in the woods and may not like to see people close to the cub. Basically, the man told me to mind my own business, that he knew what he was doing and that he had seen the mother bear a mile back. Some people don't realize that an adult male can cover a mile in about three minutes time. Further, it is dangerous for bear cubs to get acclimated to people. If they become used to approaching people, they then are considered dangerous bears.
In the end, we moved on quicker than I would have liked because I could not stand by and watch the "tourist" hassle the poor bear any longer. If people would just keep back we could all enjoy watching nature. Unfortunately, one rude clueless person can ruin it for everyone--including the bear.
When you go to the glacier, take a bottle with you so that you can try your own natural glacier water .... of course, it tastes like water ..... but it's GLACIER WATER!!! And it IS cheaper than getting bottled water at the convenience store .......
Does this unassming fellow look like the most accomplished alpine climber in the entire world? Well, he most certainly is. Experts now believe that mountain goats evolved in the high country among rock and glaciers. The mountain goat can traverese the narrowest ledges with the utmost agility. Even more impressive, they can survive the bitter winters with wind chills that fall well into negative numbers for weeks if not months on end.
Many horned animal species go head to head in combat to determine dominance and to catch the favor of the female. Mountain goats do not--these pointed horns are lethal weapons. Therefore the billy goats fight horn to butt rather than head to head. In fact, the horns are so dangerous that the male goat must approach the female in a submissive fashion or risk getting gored. It is the nanny goat who decides when the billy goat may approach to consumate the relationship.
This goat really didn't appreciate our presence. We did not move towards it in any way, but just the mere action of stopping to take photos seemed to cause irritation. The mountain goat is probably the slowest of the ungulates, yet it moves with surprising speed. When it became fed up with our presence it pranced away and was out of sight and lost the brush within ten to fifteen seconds.
There appears to be no dress code. We had packed a set of nice clothes to wear to a very nice restaurant. Funny thing is we felt a little over dressed even at the nice restaurant. The dress is casual here, and that applies to the waiters and waitresses too...almost college like attire these days. The same was true when we went to Banff/Canmore. Save your special threads for at home, you won't be needing them here.
Wood a plenty growing in the rockies - great forestry management with controlled forest burns to release seeds for new growth. As you can see from the photo wood sculptures using dead wood to bring a smile to a tourists eye.
We went in the fall. Being from the south we were actually quite cold on occasion depending on the time of the day and if the sun was out. One chilly evening while walking about town we stopped dead in our tracks as we encountered two locals lounging on a bench eating ice cream cones. It was cold enough that you could see your breath, yet here they were as if this was normal...maybe it is, for here.
While visiting the gift shop & cafeteria take a quick picture of the bear - it might be the only one you'll see!!
Although they will most probably not look like this fellow!
A lot of back packers hitch hike between trails - well after all that walking wouldn't you!
This cow paused for a moment from chewing her cud to strike a regal pose. To see many more elk photos and to learn about some of their habits, please visit my Banff National Park page.