Nestled in the corner of Southern Alberta, Castle Mountain Provincial Park is home to both breathtaking landscapes and abundant wildlife. Fall has fast approached in the Castle region, where rut is in full swing. Many creatures are preparing for the rut, including elk and moose. Elk can be heard bugling in the not so distant backcountry, right from the road. Elk aren't the only creatures roaming about this time of year; moose graze in the marshes, deer in the meadows, and bears scavenge for their last meals before hibernation. During this trip, I sat and watched a moose and her calf eat the last leaves and berries off the bushes as they prepare for winter. Wholly concealed within the dark shrubs, almost hidden from my sight, the moose were undisturbed by my presence. As I watched, they continued eat the last leaves and berries before moving back into the tree line.
The drive up Highway 774 to Castle Mountain Ski Resort, any season, is worth your time. If you're feeling a bit adventurous, there are many backroads (forestry trunk roads) that will lead you through the bush to the top of the mountain; where you will discover the view of a lifetime.
Photograph taken: October 6th, 2018