Miscellaneous pictures taken around the Kluane and Ibex Valley region of Yukon. Pictures taken in June/July '17.
Kluane Lake (same with the next 3 pics)
Slims River dried up. Click the picture to read an article about how global warming has affected this river.
It started like any other regular summer day, but by the end of it, I was in a snowstorm. Crazy Yukon weather. Pic taken on June 19th in Haines Junction, a day after the snowstorm. The St. Elias Mountains are in the background. This is my backpacking turf. Behind these mountains lie the grand-daddy of all Canadian mountains, the highest peak in Canada, Mount Logan. It is the primary reason why I decided to move to the Yukon.
I saw this beautiful lake that was about 50m from a highway rest stop. I decided to get closer for a better pic...
... as I was walking to the lake for a better pic, I yelled into the bush (as I always do, to warn wildlife that I'm coming), seconds later I heard this huge crash into the water. I first thought it was a bear that I had scared away... then I saw this sow moose and calf swimming away.
Moral of the story: you must always yell and create noise as you walk through the bush. It gives wildlife a heads up you're coming and avoids a potentially dangerous scenario. I don't care if you're walking into even a small patch of forest, you must always yell first.
I saw this abandoned cabin in the distance. I decided to get closer to investigate. Shortly after taking this picture, I noticed a set of eyes looking at me through large cracks in a shed to the left of this cabin (shed not in frame). I panicked a bit and di di mau'ed back to my car. After thinking about this some more, I think it was a lifelike mannequin/statue in the shed. I doubt someone was just standing there looking through the cracks. It looked very real though. I will go back to investigate at some point. It was really creepy though.
The best grizzly pic I've taken so far. I took it out of my car window so don't worry, I wasn't in danger. I slowly crept up for the pic and then faded away... I didn't disturb the bear and it never even acknowledged I was there.
The only pic taken from my 1st backpacking trip in the Yukon. Bock's Creek behind me. Didn't plan on posting it which is why I'm not smiling. Taken after a tough hike climbing over 900m in elevation with a backpack that was way too heavy. My legs were taxed after this.
What I learned: mountains here are big, I need to hit the gym.
Wild horses in the Takhini River valley. Very cool and unexpected... I didn't even know there was wild horses left in Canada.
Picture taken at midnight (12 am) in Kluane. Land of the midnight sun.