Columbian Ground Squirrel, Rocky Mountains, Canada

AUGUST 2002 – A Columbian Ground Squirrel sits in the dry grass of the Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

When we stayed for two nights in Jasper, Alberta, we used the full day to explore the area, including beautiful Maligne Lake and the Maligne Lake Canyon. I saw this friendly fellow, a Columbian Ground Squirrel as it observed its surroundings.

This is one of the few images I shot with the Canon FD 500 mm f/8 Reflex lens, the mirror lens in the FD portfolio. It’s pretty compact and affordable but its use is rather limited due to the fixed aperture of f/8.

You can clearly notice the rings in the back and front which are caused by this lens design. I kind of like it, though, as it is a nice and rarely seen effect, yet I prefer the smooth bokeh of my modern tele lenses.

The high resolution image

Capture Date21-AUG-2002
LocationJasper National Park, Alberta, Canada
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
LensCanon FD 500 mm f/8 Reflex
Image SourceFuji Slide Film
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions6533 x 4283 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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