first morning at Folly Lake Josh prepared a great breakfast that
included our only fresh eggs of the trip. We were all starving and
hovered around waiting to enjoy a hot breakfast in the crisp cool
air under clear indigo skies.
had no more announced that breakfast was ready when almost simultaneously
a herd of 75 caribou appeared only a few hundred feet down stream
from the cook tent.
all began setting down our plates and scrambling for cameras and binoculars.
After a 30 minute delay we all headed back for breakfast. Josh did
a great job of keeping things warm and we thoroughly enjoyed the breakfast
and the floor show.
first couple of days we each carefully counted every caribou keeping
an accurate count but then it became a game to see if I could guess
the number of caribou before counting. I found that even with herds
up to 100 I was rarely off by more than four or five. Over the course
of seven days we saw well over 2,500 caribou.
our first morning's breakfast show I was itch'n to hike up towards
the ridge where the caribou were appearing and just lay and wait
to see if I could get a good photograph. I soon realized the ridge
was farther away than I had thought and much higher. I'd walk a
while and then set for a while but I continued to make progress.
I saw a small group of 4 caribou coming towards me about 150 yards
away. I froze and waited until they dropped down out of sight in
one of the several ravines between them and me. Each time they appeared
and disappeared I adjusted my location.
They stopped briefly about 170 feet away to look back at me from
the next ridge
got ready for them to spook as I shot my first photo but I was surprised
that they only briefly looked around but weren't at all alarmed. They
even looked straight at me but as long as I was down wind, and didn't
move, I seemed to be invisible to them. Even though I had nothing
to hide behind. I shot almost everything with a 90mm lens until my
film ran out. The auto wind noise of the camera finally spooked them
just enough that they began to briskly walk away. They stopped briefly
about 170 feet away to look back at me from the next ridge allowing
me to get one last shot with my newly loaded camera.
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