“The great hurrah about wild animals is that they exist at all, and the greater hurrah is the actual moment of seeing them.” Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
The Canadian Rockies are a pristine wilderness with green forests, snow-capped mountains, canyons, spectacular glacial lakes, hot mineral springs and plenty of wildlife. On my travels, including several hikes into the wilderness, I was fortunate enough to see grizzly bears, black bears, bighorn sheep, deer, caribou, a female moose with a calf, hoary marmots, squirrels and pikas. But it was this elk that gave us our best photo opportunity.
Large herds of elk live in and around the townships of Banff and Jasper, and we spotted this guy as we journeyed from Jasper to Maligne Lake. He seemed to be enjoying his surrounds as much as we were.