The greatest thrill while experiencing nature often comes when you least expect it. That’s exactly what happened to me as I began my descent of Panorama Ridge in Garibaldi Provincial Park on a summer’s evening. After spending hours on the ridge, I had barley descended when a family of Ptarmigan came to visit. To be more precise, since it was their home, I was visiting them.
I have written a few posts featuring one of my favourite places, Garibaldi Provincial Park, north of Vancouver, Canada, including Views From Panorama Ridge On A Clear Summer’s Day. Now let’s visit the Ptarmigan.
This is the Rock Ptarmigan of Garibaldi Park.
The Ptarmigan is a member of the grouse family and native to northern Europe and Asia, Japan, the United States, and Canada. It is a protected species in Japan and has been in other countries at times due to overhunting. In the United States, the Ptarmigan is known as “Snow Chicken.”
This one was admiring the views from the ridge.
The Ptarmigan are well camouflaged to help protect them from predators. The camouflage is seasonal and ranges from the summer colours that you see here to white in winter.
The Ptarmigan wandered across the ridge. The brilliant blue at the upper left is Garibaldi Lake.
The one on the left was admiring the view too. The tallest peak across the lake is Mount Garibaldi. The formation known as The Table is below Mount Garibaldi and Mount Price is toward the right.
The Ptarmigan were only a few feet away as they walked by. They didn’t seem too bothered by my presence.
Can’t get enough of the amazing view.
This curious one walked very close to me.
After spending time with the Ptarmigan on Panorama Ridge, I had to finish my descent. The sun would be setting soon behind the Tantalus Mountains and I wanted to at least find my way to Taylor Meadows while there was still light.
Isn’t evening beautiful in the mountains on a fine summer’s day!
This one was still enjoying the view as I said goodbye.
I hope you enjoyed this post as I will never forget my visit with the Ptarmigan family of Garibaldi Park. For more posts from Garibaldi Provincial Park, please check my page Photos & Journeys. Thanks for your time.
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