It’s just before dawn on a cool fall morning, and I’m standing on the shores of Lake Magog in Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park. Despite the popularity of the park among hikers and photographers, I’m alone on the shore, waiting for the sunrise. A slight breeze ripples across the lake, breaking the smooth mirror-like surface. I wait patiently for sunrise, hoping the wind will calm down enough to allow me to catch a reflection of one of the most stunning peaks in the Canadian Rockies, the mighty Mount Assiniboine. After a short wait the sun strikes the gorgeous face of the peak and I capture a stunning portrait, with the lake just still enough to act as a mirror.
Reflections in nature are very powerful. They stop you dead in your tracks and force you to pay attention. The stillness only lasts so long, as even the slightest ripple breaks the water, altering that smooth impression into a torrent of tiny waves. But for that brief moment, the serenity of the scene makes you forget about everything else, and the beauty of nature is all that matters.
I imagine the mountains as human. They wake up in the morning and look in the mirror to see how they appear. Mother Nature provides them with the perfect surface. On stormy days, when the light doesn't appear and the wind and weather whip the earth into a frenzy, their reflection doesn't materialize, and they don't need to worry about how they look. On those amazing mornings, where the light dances across their face and illuminates the clouds above, Mother Nature ensures the peaks are looking their best, and lets them see their reflections on the stillness of their neighbouring lake.
In the evenings, the wind dies down, and the mountains get ready to go out for the night. once again, Mother Nature makes sure they're prepared to put on a show for the evening light.
On the best of days, Mother Nature treats the peaks (and us humans) to an extended show, letting them catch their beautiful reflections throughout the course of the day.
Finally, on the finest of nights Mother Nature offers the mountains some glorious moonlight, to let us admire the symmetry all night long.