Title: The Big Load
Location & Date: Rock Glacier, Kananaskis Country | 2015
Camera Set-Up: Nikon D800 w/ 200-400mm @ 400mm
Shutter Speed: 1/1250th
Pika are amongst the most endearing animals you’ll encounter if you spend time in the high country of the Rockies. Though they might not look like it, they are in fact the smallest member of the rabbit family. Usually found on high elevation rocky slopes – such as Rock Glacier in Kananaskis Country – you’ll almost always find them scurrying about, collecting piles and piles of grasses that they precariously carry back to their dens. And every bit of grass is critical to their survival as pika don’t hibernate in the winter, but live off their summer collections in the tunnels they create under the rocks. They stay warm only when there is a deep snow pack, which provides the required insolation, making pika extremely vulnerable to climate change.