Mount Kidd – Kananaskis Country
I awoke early yesterday morning and headed out into Kananaskis Country, my favourite area within this region. I decided to head straight for Highwood Pass, the highest point accessible by paved road in Canada. The weather reports stated a possibility of snow within the area so I figured if it was going to be snowing anywhere, Highwood Pass would be my best bet. It was still dark by the time I got to the top of the pass, and stayed dark for a while as it was heavily overcast and snowing.
Just as there was enough light to see I started to hike up to Elbow Lake. Hiking up there alone, when it is still dark, in bear country, with fresh monstrous steaming smelly turds all over the trail is rather scary. I am still getting used to it.
By the time I reached the lake a lot of the snow on the ground had already melted so I quickly set up and fired of a few shots. Then…… I almost shat my pants….. ALMOST! I was crouched down peeping through my viewfinder when I heard a branch crack and a groan directly behind me. My heart jumped out of my chest. I ssslllooowwwlllyyy turned around but thankfully it was just a Bull Moose. A big bastard of a Bull Moose, but not a Grizzly.
Moose are amazing creatures. The past 7 mornings I have been out in Kananaskis Country I have seen Moose. It seems like they are everywhere. Being out there alone, first thing in the morning in one of the most beautiful places in the world is amazing. It is when I feel most at peace.
Now for an image…..
This was shot the same day, later in the afternoon. The Aspens and Larches have turned, making for some beautiful scenes.