Monday, June 9, 2014

Gratitude Monday -- Wild Beauty Edition

I saw a wolf.
I love wolves, always have, but I rarely get to see them.
Husband and I left early Saturday morning for a day trip to Jasper to see who we could see in the wild.
We saw this wolf on Highway 11 about 10 or so minutes east of the Banff National Park gate.
We watched for a few minutes and were able to get some photos. I also shot some video.
I think they are beautiful, and misunderstood.
Wolves they mind their own business and do not attack humans as a rule.

Wolfie2


video

This was a grand treat for me and I am grateful.

16 comments:

solarity said...

Looking strong and healthy.

Mary Anne in Kentucky

Carla said...

SO VERY COOL
Ive never seen one.

Leah J. Utas said...

Aye, Mary Anne. He's a fine one.

Carla, glad to have shown you something new.

Crabby McSlacker said...

Wow, great capture!!

Thanks so much for sharing that--we've got foxes and coyotes here but no wolves, very impressive!

Leah J. Utas said...

My pleasure, Crabby.

messymimi said...

What a grand specimen! Wolves are horribly misunderstood. They will attack if you have your dog with you, because they don't want a competing wolf in their territory. There has been a reward offered for over 100 years, if it's still out there, for anyone who can prove an unprovoked attack by a non-rabid wolf. It was unclaimed as of the last time i heard it was offered, which was about 20 years ago.

Leah J. Utas said...

Messymimi, I expect that reward will remain unclaimed.

the Bag Lady said...

Beautiful!
Either that wolf is eating really well or she is pregnant.

Yum Yucky said...

I've never seen a wolf in real life. I agree with you that they are probably misunderstood. I enjoy nature very much but haven't yet had the chance to do much travel (around the U.S.) to visit all the beautiful places I see on the natures shows. One day!

Chris said...

That's a dream come true for me, right there. Beautiful.

Leah J. Utas said...

Yum Yucky, I hope you get to see the places you want.

Chris, agree. I love seeing wolves. It's been rare for me and that makes it that much more of treat.

Virginia Lee said...

Fabulous! Well done, you.

Leah J. Utas said...

Aw, thanks. Or are you talking to the wolf?

Barbara Martin said...

Beauptiful capture, Leah.

I've only seen wolves in the wild in Edmonton during January when its frigid, when they follow the snowshoe hares in. Those had more of a silver flecked mask with yellow eyes.

I've not seen one with such dark fur before, but perhaps they silver out as they get older.

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks, Barbara. I hadn't heard of wolves in Edmonton.

Hilary said...

What a gorgeous creature. We were lucky enough to see wolves running across the bay in winter but they were at a great distance. That too, was a thrill. You captured a lovely image of this beauty.