2022-07-21 Nebraska’s Sandhills

As I pen this story, I’m in northeast Kansas. By my calculation, I’ve been traveling for over 12,000 miles on this trip, with miles to go before I sleep. The voyage began in Southern California and carried me all the way up the Pacific Coast to the Olympic peninsula and Washington state. Then I turned … Read more

2022-07-16 Adieu Canada

The following saga spans the final five nights and six days I spent in Canada and focuses on southern Saskatchewan’s Grasslands National Park. It includes the four photo-safaris I embarked on while I was there. Rather than break up the story into four sections, I’ve bundled them together, and assembled the images into a single … Read more

2022-07-09,10,11 A long Drive To South Saskatchewan

Rain caught up with me on my drive away from Slave Lake, and I found an out-of-the-way place to park in Lac La Biche, further east in Alberta. There were times through the night when the storm’s intensity became ferocious, with thunder and lightning firing like bombs overhead. The next morning I found a downtown … Read more

2022-07-03 Return to Grande Prairie

When I arrived in Grande Prairie, I drove straight to Crystal Lake and spent a few hours there (read about my earlier visit Here!). There weren’t many new actors on stage, but the Trumpeter Swans were now towing cygnets with them. In fact, like the proud parents they were, they showed them off from much … Read more

2022-07-02 Piper Pond

I spent time north of Dawson Creek at a location called Piper Pond. I’d heard there were Rusty Blackbirds there, and I hoped to gather some images. When I arrived, before I could get my camera gear ready, I watched a Gray Wolf trotting along the brush line at the lake. I regret I wasn’t … Read more

2022-06-29 McQueen Slough

I explored three locations around Dawson Creek in my quest to find photographic birds. Two were very productive locations. I spent most of my time at a place called McQueen Slough. There are two small lakes surrounded by cattails. Some of the birds, especially the waterfowl are difficult to photograph because the open water, where … Read more

2022-06-25 Road to Fort Saint John

I left Fort Nelson Saturday morning after having breakfast at the Fort Nelson Hotel. The town has a well maintained RV Dump station at the west end of town. After assuring my water storage was maximized and the holding tanks minimized, I passed by the town grocer and stocked up my shelves for the road … Read more

2022-06-20 Whitehorse Exodus

I left Whitehorse Sunday morning with a plan on returning to the pond on the Tagish Road south of Jakes Corner. Two weeks ago, while on my way to Whitehorse, I met Horned Grebes there, as well as Lesser Yellowlegs, snipe, and blackbirds. I hoped the grebes might have babies by now. (They did not.) … Read more

2022-06-09 Getting to Whitehorse

My journey to Whitehorse was another long drive, and I took two days to cover the distance. I left Tuesday and didn’t pull into Whitehorse until Thursday. I slept Wednesday on the outskirts of Teslin, then I drove the last 111 miles to Whitehorse. I made one stop that I found especially exciting on a … Read more

2022-05-31 Crystal Lake in Grande Prairie

After I camped at Lake Winagami Tuesday night, I drove for a little over two hours to reach Grande Prairie. Family restaurants that serve breakfast are not so easy to find in this part of Alberta. I found a pretty good place called Major’s Family Restaurant, only a mile-and-a-half from a memorable birding location I … Read more