Exploring the Elk

This blog post comes a bit late, as the opening exhibition for this series was held back in October, but as the saying goes, late is better than never!

This past summer I spent a lot of time exploring the Elk River in and around my home of Fernie, BC.  From the Headwaters at Elk Lakes Provincial Park to the confluence with Lake Koocanusa, the Elk River is one of the lifeblood of the communites in the Elk River Valley.  Elkford, Sparwood, Fernie and Elko all rely on the Elk River and it's tributaries for water, economy, and recreation.

This photo essay brings you into my favourites from my 15-20 days of scouting, hiking, and photographing the Elk River.  I chose to present them in panoramic format to show the width and depth of the river, valley and surrounding peaks.  I used a long exposure in most of the images to provide a calming effect to the water and bring out some motion in the clouds.  And, as usual I shot during the golden hours of sunrise and sunset to capture the beautiful glow of the sky and mountain tops.

Lower Elk Lake Sunrise - This was one of the best sunrises I've had the pleasure of enjoying this year.  I spent the night camping at the Lower Elk Lake Campground in Elk Lakes Provincial Park, and woke up early to watch the sunrise.  This panorama consists of 6 long exposure images stitched together to show the vastness of Lower Elk Lake.  The long exposures helped smooth the rough waters and brought some motion to the fast moving clouds above

Elkford Evening - Moving further down the river, the first community you come to is Elkford.  At the beginning of autumn I went out to capture my final image in the series, and found this spot just outside of Elkford to watch the sunset.  Mount Lyne is present in the background.  This panorama is a single shot that I cropped, once again with a long exposure  

Hosmer Sunrise - The small community of Hosmer sits just north of Fernie along Highway 3.  The bridge over the Elk River at Hosmer has one of my favourite views in the Elk Valley.  After the first snowfall of the year in the mountains I went out looking for some sunrise shots.  While the peaks of the Lizard Range in Fernie were completely shrouded in clouds, just a bit further north some blue skies appeared and Mount Hosmer became visible.  A touch of sunlight on the peak and forest added to the beauty of the scene.  This panorama is a combination of 4 long exposure shots.

Morrissey Ridge Sunset - The Elk River stretches out below the Lizard Range as I stood atop Morrissey Ridge at Sunset.  Fernie and Cokato complete the surroundings of the Elk River.  7 images stitched together form this panorama.

 Elk River Sunset - South of Elko, the Elk River runs into a canyon that flows down to the confluence with the Wigwam River.  From above the canyon I hiked partway down to capture this image at sunset.  

Elk River Sunset - South of Elko, the Elk River runs into a canyon that flows down to the confluence with the Wigwam River.  From above the canyon I hiked partway down to capture this image at sunset.  

 Elk Bridge Sunset - Wildfires in the area produced a beautiful colourful sunset near the confluence with Lake Koocanusa.  The Highway 93 bridge over the Elk River is visible in the distance.  This is a single long exposure shot cropped to a panorama

Elk Bridge Sunset - Wildfires in the area produced a beautiful colourful sunset near the confluence with Lake Koocanusa.  The Highway 93 bridge over the Elk River is visible in the distance.  This is a single long exposure shot cropped to a panorama

All images are available as Limited Edition Prints.  There are 20 canvas prints and 15 matted prints available for each image. 

 I'm also pleased to announce I will be donating 10% of the proceeds from any sales to the Elk River Alliance.  The Elk River Alliance is a is a community-based water group that aims to connect people to the Elk River ensuring it is drinkable, fishable and swimmable for future generations.  You can find more information about them at http://www.elkriveralliance.ca/

With prices starting at $125, you can get yourself some fine art for your wall and help a great cause at the same time!