Last spring I had the opportunity to go to Fairmont B.C. for a week. It’s about a 3 hour drive west of Calgary and is known for it’s golfing, scenery and especially it’s hot springs. I did a ton of exploring and very little golfing this trip – haha! It rained for 4 of the 7 days but that was fine by me – I was able to go out and score some cool pics! As well, it limited the amount of people around and gave me an opportunity to meet some of the more hardy of our breed! I found an excellent natural hot springs located right beside a river on my second day there. It was absolutely amazing. The wet and cool weather kept the crowds away but I was still able to meet and visit with some really neat folks between taking a long soak in the springs and quickly hopping in and out the ice cold river.
As I was leaving the hot springs for the third time in 3 days – haha – I noticed a huge nest of caterpillars that looked interesting so I hurried up to my car, scored my long lens and went back to take some shots. Looking back now it’s almost funny – I was excited about some crazy caterpillars when really I was about to have one of the most memorable experiences of my life – and I was prepared with the proper gear combined with fantastic lighting – woohoo!! A fellow bather had a bird book and we found out it was a pileated woodpecker – the largest woodpecker in the world. This bird, this woodpecker, was only like 20 ft away tearing into a 40 foot tall fir tree, not even for a second taking notice of us. We were able to watch it for over half an hour peck a 2-3 inch deep hole, massive ships of wood flying out the whole time. It was really amazing!
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