Summer Recap

With the changing trees and snow capped mountains, summer has come to an end here in the Rockies.  I had an excellent summer, and was lucky enough to spend quite a bit of time in the mountains of BC and Alberta.  Here's a quick look back at some of the highlights of my summer.

Fernie Wildflowers: This year was amazing for wildflowers around Fernie.  In the 2.5 years I've been here I haven't seen them bloom like they did this year.  I found this spot on a quick drive of the forestry roads around Fernie, and it took me 3 trips to this spot until I found the lighting that I liked

Fernie Wildflowers: This year was amazing for wildflowers around Fernie.  In the 2.5 years I've been here I haven't seen them bloom like they did this year.  I found this spot on a quick drive of the forestry roads around Fernie, and it took me 3 trips to this spot until I found the lighting that I liked

Lower Elk Lake NIght: I took a short backpacking trip out to Elk Lakes Provincial Park to try and shoot the Aurora Borealis one evening.  While doing some location scouting using my favourite photography app, Photopills I noticed that the milky way was very likely to align with Mount Aosta later in the night.  I kept that idea in my mind as a backup plan, and proceeded to shoot through the sunset and blue hour around Lower Elk Lake.  As the night rolled around, I kept an eye out for the Aurora, however it never did appear to my eye.  As the night progressed, I kept track of where the milky way was in the sky, and turned my focus towards it.  As this was my first attempt at shooting the Milky Way, it took a bit of experimentation to get it right.  A pleasant surprise was the moonrise coming up and illuminating Mount Aosta just as the Milky Way aligned itself with the peak.  I can see now how shooting the Milky Way can be so addicting!

Lower Elk Lake NIght: I took a short backpacking trip out to Elk Lakes Provincial Park to try and shoot the Aurora Borealis one evening.  While doing some location scouting using my favourite photography app, Photopills I noticed that the milky way was very likely to align with Mount Aosta later in the night.  I kept that idea in my mind as a backup plan, and proceeded to shoot through the sunset and blue hour around Lower Elk Lake.  As the night rolled around, I kept an eye out for the Aurora, however it never did appear to my eye.  As the night progressed, I kept track of where the milky way was in the sky, and turned my focus towards it.  As this was my first attempt at shooting the Milky Way, it took a bit of experimentation to get it right.  A pleasant surprise was the moonrise coming up and illuminating Mount Aosta just as the Milky Way aligned itself with the peak.  I can see now how shooting the Milky Way can be so addicting!

Luminous Lake Louise:  I spent an evening around Lake Louise hoping to see a bit of the Milky Way, but figured the moon would probably be too bright on that night.  Not knowing what I would come up with, I went out for some night photography anyways.  After spending an hour or two around the Lake, the Moon finally peaked out from behind The Mitre.  A little bit of smoke from distant wildfires provided a bit of a unique glow.  Despite no Milky Way, I was really happy with how this photo turned out!

Luminous Lake Louise:  I spent an evening around Lake Louise hoping to see a bit of the Milky Way, but figured the moon would probably be too bright on that night.  Not knowing what I would come up with, I went out for some night photography anyways.  After spending an hour or two around the Lake, the Moon finally peaked out from behind The Mitre.  A little bit of smoke from distant wildfires provided a bit of a unique glow.  Despite no Milky Way, I was really happy with how this photo turned out!

In Late July I took a week long mountaineering trip to the Iron Glacier in the Battle Range.  Here's a quick shot from the helicopter ride in looking down the Duncan River.

In Late July I took a week long mountaineering trip to the Iron Glacier in the Battle Range.  Here's a quick shot from the helicopter ride in looking down the Duncan River.

Remote peaks in the Selkirk Range.  We were very lucky with great weather and minimal smoke in the 7 days in the range.

Remote peaks in the Selkirk Range.  We were very lucky with great weather and minimal smoke in the 7 days in the range.

Small people, big mountains

Small people, big mountains

Thumb Spire, one of the more stunning peaks in the area

Thumb Spire, one of the more stunning peaks in the area

The Death Trap:  Above the Plain of the Six Glaciers Trail in Lake Louise area the Death Trap comes into view.  This treacherous route to Abbott Pass is rarely used anymore, as most mountaineers find the objective hazard just a bit too high.  It sure makes a pretty picture though!

The Death Trap:  Above the Plain of the Six Glaciers Trail in Lake Louise area the Death Trap comes into view.  This treacherous route to Abbott Pass is rarely used anymore, as most mountaineers find the objective hazard just a bit too high.  It sure makes a pretty picture though!

Waterton Wonder:  The Milky Way branching out above the Prince of Wales Hotel in Waterton Lakes National Park.  A few weeks after this picture the Kenow wildfire ripped through Waterton overnight, which will substantially change the landscape in the coming years.

Waterton Wonder:  The Milky Way branching out above the Prince of Wales Hotel in Waterton Lakes National Park.  A few weeks after this picture the Kenow wildfire ripped through Waterton overnight, which will substantially change the landscape in the coming years.

Three Sisters Summer:  A summer sunrise on the Three Sisters above Fernie, BC

Three Sisters Summer:  A summer sunrise on the Three Sisters above Fernie, BC