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Canyons, Rivers and Nests

Canyons, Rivers and Nests

  • Author: Alison
  • Date Posted: Jun 12, 2019
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  • Address: Jasper National Park

We spent our final two days in Jasper hiking and floating through the scenery. Tomorrow we start the trek north and will cross the border into Alaska on 6/24. Have really enjoyed out time here among the mountains, bears, rivers and lakes. Both Banff and Jasper are incredibly beautiful!

Maligne Lake – we are not sure, but it might translate to mosquito lake!

Scott tending the fire…at about 10pm! Still daylight.

Finally…sunset! We had to stay up till almost 11pm to see it! Hard to get used to this latitude!

A bald eagle watching us from his nest near Medicine Lake.

Hike in Maligne Canyon. Huge potholes carved out of the limestone.

Maligne Canyon

Ok – I know I am a bit of a bird nerd, but this was pretty awesome. Noticed this raven nesting on the canyon wall, during a nest changeover, where the parents swapped duties.

I thought there were just eggs, but when the mama (or papa) bird moved, I could see there were very new babies in the nest!

They were left unattended for a bit. Two eggs and three chicks. The chicks were moving around and snuggling together.

Then the first parent came home and it was ALL open mouths!

Luckily reinforcements  showed up soon after! Really amazing to have such a vantage point from above the nest to watch this raven family.

Today we floated down the Athabasca River. Gorgeous colors!

Confluence of the Athabasca and Miette rivers. The Athabasca is glacier fed and very blue, in contrast to the pond fed Miette.

Scott…always happy to be on a raft!

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  1. Thanks for sharing the beauty and wonder! Love those raven chicks! Such amazing parenting skills to observe. Great vantage site!

  2. Omg!!! The Ravens best would have been absolutely spectacular to see!! So glad you were able to take such good photos.

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