Wildlife in Black and White Pt. 2

Hello and welcome back!  I hope that everyone had a wonderful relaxing holiday and shared time with friends and family. This week is the last story of 2017 and part two of the story we started December 17 all about black and white wildlife photography. In part one of this story we looked at how stripping away the colour from …

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Wildlife in Black and White Pt. 1

Hello friends! Welcome back to WildKnife Photography’s weekly photo story.  This is part one of a two part story on shooting wildlife in black and white. Wildlife photos are usually in colour and most of the shots I take I process that way. Wildlife and landscapes are often rendered in colour because of the natural beauty and wonder of the …

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Woodland Caribou in the Wild

Welcome! To get into the holiday spirit, my post this week is all about caribou. Every year a winter road is punched into the landscape meandering between frozen lakes and across the rocky tundra. The road is a lifeline to the diamond mines and truck after truck haul loads of equipment and supplies up to the mines. The road is …

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Everything I Know About Owls (so far)

The first time I ever saw an owl in the wild was just outside of Airdrie Alberta. It was March and I could just make out the feathered “ears” of a great horned owl nesting in an old craggy tree along a gravel highway. Two things struck me about that encounter: 1. Wow owls nest early. 2. She seemed unperturbed …

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The Elusive Grouse

Hello friends, this week’s photo story is about grouse! Many animals are masters of camouflage which can make them difficult subjects to photograph. The grouse is no exception. From spruce grouse to ptarmigan these chubby little birds are masters of blending into their environments. Around Yellowknife we have a number of species of grouse including the spruce grouse, sharp-tailed grouse, …

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Winter Wildlife

Welcome back friends! This week’s photo story is all about winter wildlife. Here in Yellowknife things get pretty quiet in the winter in terms of wildlife as birds head south and bears hibernate. Animals that remain active and plentiful throughout winter months include red foxes, ptarmigan, and ravens. Once in a while I’ll get really lucky and spot a lynx, …

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Ptarmigan!

In the winter, ptarmigan are as common around these parts as seagulls are at the seashore. For a photographer, common means reliable! The Willow Ptarmigan is the largest and most numerous of the three ptarmigan species. Populations are cyclical in nature and there is usually a period of a few years where they are everywhere and then their numbers drop …

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Beautiful Coyote

Hello and welcome to this week’s photo story. This week I’m sharing some images I got last year during an encounter with my most favourite animal: the coyote. Coyotes are one of the most adaptable animals in Canada and they thrive in urban environments because they take advantage of human complacency. They eat our garbage, scavenge leftover pet food, and …

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Winter Bison

Welcome back friends! This week I have some great photos from a winter road trip to Fort Providence where I had a chance to shoot some snow and frost-covered bison near the Mackenzie Bison Sanctuary. I learned a little more about the sanctuary during my trip and thought I’d share it with you in this post. The Mackenzie Bison Sanctuary …

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Ah Ravens

Ah Ravens. One of the most cunning animals on the planet and Yellowknife is home to a whole lot of them. The 2017 Christmas Bird count estimated the number of ravens around Yellowknife to be over 2000 birds. In 1973, the year of the first bird count, there were just 300. There are approximately 20,000 people in the City of …

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