Photo and caption by Ryan Peruniak
Early April in the Rocky Mountains, the majestic peaks are still snow-covered while the lower elevations, including the lakes and rivers have melted out. I was walking along the riverbank when I saw a dark form lying on the bottom of the river. My first thought was a deer had fallen through the ice so I wandered over to investigate...and that's when I saw the long tail. It took me a few moments to comprehend what I was looking at...a full grown cougar lying peacefully on the riverbed, the victim of thin ice. I tried to capture the eerie feeling I felt at the time as best I could.
Location: Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada