the Northern Lights

The Night Skies of Elk Island

Finally, I’ve been able to get out and get some (what I think) good photos of the night skies at Elk Island National Park, in Alberta. I’ve managed to capture some of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights), some of the banding of the Milky Way galaxy and of course, a…

a Golden Mantled Ground Squirrel

The Golden Mantled Ground Squirrel

I’ve been seeing this curious critter a fair bit up in the higher elevations of the rocky mountains of Alberta and earlier this year was able to identify these squirrels as the “Golden Mantled Ground Squirrel”. You might initially think it’s a large chipmunk – but if you look closely,…

mud bogs for rescue dogs fund raising event at TORE off road park in Alberta

Mud Bogs for Rescue Dogs

Back in July of this year (2015), I ventured out for a local #microadventure to the TORE Off Road Park to support the Mud Bogs for Rescue Dogs fund-raising event. The park had a bit of a set back, however, and that the muddy areas were just too muddy to…

Edmonton Thunder Storm

Coincidentally, the day of joining the “Storm Spotter Network” and passing my “spotter awareness exam”, a significant thunderstorm starts rolling across the region. The initiating location of the storm was in the Alberta foothills off Highway 16, and unfortunately, that’s a 3+ hour drive from Edmonton. I decided to wait…

Speyeria Hesperis Beani Butterfly

A recent hiking adventure close to my current home resulted in some 350 photos being taken of wildlife in the area. A few of those photos consisted of this brilliant orange, but very nervous butterfly, and had to test out the new 300mm Tamron zoom lens to even get this…