I live close to the wilderness. It's being built up, torn down, clearcut, and drilled, but it is still there.
Going out for a drive usually means spotting someone or something from the bush or the air.
Last week we went on two long drives and were treated to wildlife during both.
The first one gave us this fine fellow.
He (or she) has an ear tag on the left. I'm not sure why. Mike suggested it was a problem bear. Whatever the reason for the tag, this black bear was minding its own business on a lovely June morning along the David Thompson Highway near the Banff Park border.
On Saturday we checked out the south end of the county. This glorious great gray owl was sitting on a fence post when we went by. We backed up for a photo, but it wasn't having any of it and took off. This was the best I could do.
Later on along a back road we saw this woodchuck enjoying a moment of not chucking wood.
I am so grateful to live in an area where I can see these creatures, and grateful that they've let me photograph them.