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Old 12-15-2014, 09:17 AM   #1
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VivaLaVida in Alberta (updated 12-16-2014)

On the way to the Far North, the journey made VivaLaVida cross Alberta. Here are some pictures taken along the way in last June.

1. Arriving near some ocher springs in Kootenay National Park.


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2. Wolves live in this area.


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3. Here is the spring itself.


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4. An elk met during a hike.


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5. So photographed Moraine Lake at sunset, still partially frozen.


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6. Is that a punk ?!!


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7. Mistaya Canyon under strong rain.


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8. Another encounter during a long hike : my first meet with a black bear into the wild. I saw him getting out of the forest to a meadow. He was about 300 yards away. He saw me, then continued to eat some grass and flowers. I decided to sit down and wait and after about half an hour, he was only 25 feet away, still eating. What a great meet!


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9. Very popular Athabasca Falls. Difficult to get a picture without anybody in the viewfinder!


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10. Athabasca River in late afternoon.


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To be continued... Hope you're gonna enjoy it ;-)
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Old 12-15-2014, 09:26 AM   #2
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Re: VivaLaVida in Alberta

love these trip reports claude! your photos of wildlife always seem so up close and personal. thanks for always sharing these reports with us
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Wow Claude, nice shots! That elk and Moraine Lake are particularly great.

Thanks for sharing.

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25 ft away from the bear and you were snapping pictures?!
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Magnifique!

Wonderful pictures, Claude!
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Re: VivaLaVida in Alberta

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1. Arriving near some ocher springs in Kootenay National Park.
Ahem, Kootenay NP is in BC.



Great photos nonetheless.

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1. Arriving near some ocher springs in Kootenay National Park.
Ahem, Kootenay NP is in BC.


Oups, you're certainly right. I guessed these ocher springs were already in Alberta but I'm likely wrong.
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25 ft away from the bear and you were snapping pictures?!
Yes If you're sure he saw you when you was far enough, then let him come closer if he want (never try to get yourself closer to him) and keep permanently an eye on him to see if his attitude is changing, I have never been in any dangerous situation. It's not difficult to see if your presence disturb him and in that case, I would go far from him immediately.
I trust my instinct, I'm encountering animals since I'm a kid. I encountered many animals considered as dangerous, like black and grizzly bears in Alaska, or lions in Africa and never had any trouble. Some people say I'm a bit crazzy but when I'm not comfortable, I just go away...
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25 ft away from the bear and you were snapping pictures?!
Yes If you're sure he saw you when you was far enough, then let him come closer if he want (never try to get yourself closer to him) and keep permanently an eye on him to see if his attitude is changing, I have never been in any dangerous situation. It's not difficult to see if your presence disturb him and in that case, I would go far from him immediately.
I trust my instinct, I'm encountering animals since I'm a kid. I encountered many animals considered as dangerous, like black and grizzly bears in Alaska, or lions in Africa and never had any trouble. Some people say I'm a bit crazzy but when I'm not comfortable, I just go away...
That seem to always work - until it doesn't.
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25 ft away from the bear and you were snapping pictures?!
Yes If you're sure he saw you when you was far enough, then let him come closer if he want (never try to get yourself closer to him) and keep permanently an eye on him to see if his attitude is changing, I have never been in any dangerous situation. It's not difficult to see if your presence disturb him and in that case, I would go far from him immediately.
I trust my instinct, I'm encountering animals since I'm a kid. I encountered many animals considered as dangerous, like black and grizzly bears in Alaska, or lions in Africa and never had any trouble. Some people say I'm a bit crazzy but when I'm not comfortable, I just go away...
That seem to always work - until it doesn't.


You are a brave man! Excellent pictures as usual, thank you for sharing!
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