Mountain Portage Rapids, Wood Buffalo National Park, Alberta, Canada
Photograph by Karl Johnston
During the summer months North American White Pelicans nest in this area. I walked along the rocky beachside, which took me the whole day, photographing them swooping overhead in formation. There were dozens, nearly a hundred, flying around that day like nature’s own jet planes. It was an amazing air show, and an amazing light show. The mighty Slave River hums in the background, like a heartbeat of the ancient land around me.