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“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” J.R.R. Tolkien Looking across at the incredible chunk of rock which makes up Gimili peak. The high quality of the rock at Gimili makes it an amazing location for scrambling and climbing, particularly compared to the crumbling sedimentary strata of the Rocky Mountains. Hard to get an idea of scale here; can you see my 3 friends sitting and having lunch on the other side of the ridge? This was a complex shot to get as Gimili towers above you even after scrambling high onto the ridge next to it. This shot was formed using 36 hand held shots stitched into a single panorama. I then edited the sky with a radial filter to achieve a long exposure look. I did have a 10 stop ND filter with me up on the ridge; but 36 long exposure shots even at 5 minutes each per shot would represent 3 hours of shooting time and the clouds would have long moved on. In Norse (or Scandinavian) mythology Gimlé or Gimili is described as the most beautiful place in Asgard, the realm of the gods. It is represented in the old stories as a kind of heaven, a golden-roofed building where righteous men go when they die. Geologically Gimili is part of the Valhalla Gneiss Complex. The complex consists of lower grade metamorphic sediments interspersed with massive high grade granitic and granodiorite intrusions such as Gimili. It sits at 2774m (9100 ft ) in the Selkirk Mountains of Valhalla Provincial Park. British Columbia, Canada. British Columbia, Canada Gimili Peak Valhalla Provincial Park Alpine Landscape Cloud - Sky Cold Temperature Craggy Rocks Day Formation Landscape Mountain Mountain Peak Mountain Range Nature No People Non-urban Scene Outdoors Rock Scenics - Nature Sky Snow Snowcapped Mountain Tranquil Scene Tranquility Winter
We were lucky enough to watch this Bull Elk or Wapiti lead his herd across the Athabasca River. Amazing experience as we sat there on the bank for almost 30 minutes watching them cross one by one. Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada Love Life, Love Photography Alberta, Canada Elk Animal Animal Themes Animal Wildlife Animals In The Wild Antler Antlers Buck Day Deer Herbivorous Jasper National Park Lake Mammal Nature No People One Animal Outdoors River Side View Stag Vertebrate Wapiti Water
It takes a lot to stop the locals fishing up here in Northern BC. On this day the PM2.5 Air Quality Index pushed up over 525 µg/m3 as a result of the never ending wildfires. A clear day has a PM2.5 concentration of around 5, and the WHO safe 24 hour limit is set at 25 (their annual daily exposure limit is set at 10). Hoping for rain. Ness Lake, Northern British Columbia Love Life, Love Photography Lakeview Smoke Wildfire Smoke Beauty In Nature Boat Canada Fishing Fog Forest Lake View Land Mode Of Transportation Motion Nature Ness Lake No People Northern British Columbia on the move Outdoors Scenics - Nature Sky Smokey Transportation Travel Wildfire
“The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.” John Muir One of the more amazing places I have seen lately. Taken at sunset after scrambling up the ridge to Nub Peak (2,755 m or 9,039 ft). I like the perspective up here as Mount Assiniboine (3,618m or 11,870ft) rightfully towers over Sunburst Peak in the foreground which you don’t appreciate at the nublet far below. Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada . Love Life, Love Photography Assiniboine Provincial Park British Columbia, Canada Craggy Nub Peak Sunburst Peak Activity Adventure Beauty In Nature Cloud - Sky Environment Formation Hiking Men Mountain Mountain Peak Mountain Range Nature Non-urban Scene One Person Outdoors Real People Ridgeline Scenics - Nature Sky The Nub
For all the astrophotographers and night sky enthusiasts out there I suggest you check out Bea Gallardo-Lacourt’s new paper “On the Origin of STEVE: Particle Precipitation or Ionospheric Skyglow?”. So we now know that while Steve accompanies an aurora, it is not actually formed by the same mechanism of particles raining down into the ionosphere. The paper suggests that Steve is an entirely new phenomenon distinct from typical auroras, as the POES-17 satellite detected no charged particles impacting with the ionosphere during the Steve event which was studied. This means that is likely produced by an entirely different yet unknown mechanism they call “skyglow”. The skyglow is somehow related to the band of fast-moving ions and super-hot electrons passing through the ionosphere right where Steve was observed. I took this shot of Steve over Circle Lake in Eskers Provincial Park. It was a very dark night so you can see some skyglow in the sky along with some green from the Aurora Borealis in the North to the right of frame. Northern British Columbia, Canada. You can find the link to the paper in my Instagram story. Love Life, Love Photography . Aurora Borealis Eskers Provincial Park Steve Astronomy Aurora Polaris Beauty In Nature Idyllic Lake Nature Night No People Non-urban Scene Northern British Columbia Outdoors Plant Purple Scenics - Nature Silhouette Sky Space Star Star - Space Tranquility Tree Water
Late light on a very still Schaffer Lake with the Wixaxy Peaks (2703m or 8,870ft) and Mount Huber (3,368m or 11,050ft) in the background. Schaffer lake is in the Lake O'Hara region of Yoho National Park. British Columbia, Canada . Love Life, Love Photography British Columbia, Canada Lake O'hara Schaffer Lake Wixaxy Peaks Beauty In Nature Cloud - Sky Eroded Formation Idyllic Lake Mountain Mountain Range Nature No People Non-urban Scene Reflection Reflection Lake Rock Scenics - Nature Sky Solid Tranquil Scene Tranquility Tree Water
Looking across the milky glacial melt water coming down from Takakkaw Falls. The falls plunge 380 metres (1,250 ft) with a large 254 metres (833 ft) drop in the middle. Takakkaw is said to "it is magnificent" in the Cree language. The falls are fed by the Daly Glacier which is part of the Waputik Icefield in Yoho National Park. British Columbia, Canada Love Life, Love Photography British Columbia, Canada Waterfalls And Calming Views  Beauty In Nature Blurred Motion Day Environment Flowing Flowing Water Hot Spring Land Long Exposure Motion Nature No People Non-urban Scene Outdoors Power In Nature Rock Rock - Object Scenics - Nature Solid Takakkaw Falls Water Waterfall Yoho National Park
This shot was taken when it was at Kp 4.3 , which is considered below minor storm levels, but was just enough for the aurora to outshine the full moon. The shot was taken over Ness Lake. Northern British Columbia, Canada. Love Life, Love Photography Aurora Aurora Borealis British Columbia, Canada Reflection Astronomy Astrophotography Beauty In Nature Idyllic Illuminated Lake Nature Nautical Vessel Night No People Outdoors Reflection Scenics - Nature Sky Space Space And Astronomy Star - Space Tranquil Scene Tranquility Water Waterfront
Version two of Row, row, row your boat. Taken looking down from the All Souls Alpine Route onto Lake O’Hara. Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada Love Life, Love Photography British Columbia, Canada Rowing Boat Rowing Boat On Water Air Vehicle Beauty In Nature Blue Day Flying Forest Growth Lake Ohara Mode Of Transportation Nature No People Non-urban Scene Outdoors Plant Scenics - Nature Sky Tranquil Scene Tranquility Transportation Tree Turquoise Colored Water
Row, row, row your boat. Taken looking down from the All Souls Alpine Route onto Lake O’Hara. Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada Love Life, Love Photography British Columbia, Canada Rowing Boat Beauty In Nature Blue Boat Clear Sky Day Flying Forest Photography Growth Lake Ohara Mid-air Mode Of Transportation Nature No People Outdoors Plant Scenics - Nature Sky Surrealism Tranquil Scene Tranquility Transportation Tree
A female Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus) in flight. They are difficult critters to get a shot of and to freeze the motion this was taken with a shutter speed of 1/2500, that’s less than half a millisecond. Hard to believe these tiny birds travel over 3,200 km (2,000 miles) from Alaska to southern Mexico and back, having to cross mountain ranges as high as 3,800 m (12,600 ft). Measuring only 7cm (2.8–3.5 in) long, it is the longest bird migration on earth when measured in body lengths. They weigh a miniscule 2 to 5 g (0.071 and 0.176 oz). Kinbasket Lake, British Columbia, Canada. Love Life, Love Photography British Columbia, Canada Animal Animal Themes Animal Wildlife Animals In The Wild Beauty In Nature Bird Canada Close-up Day Flapping Flying Full Length Hummingbird Mid-air Motion Nature No People One Animal Outdoors Spread Wings Studio Shot Vertebrate Yoho National Park
"The things hardest to bear are sweetest to remember" Lucius Annaeus Seneca Looking down the canyon that Victoria Falls has carved out near Lake Oesa. I took this shot while standing on a rock in the middle of the river above the falls. Hard to appreciate just how far below the falls plunge down to. Lake O'Hara region of Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada Love Life, Love Photography British Columbia, Canada Beauty In Nature Blurred Motion Day Eroded Flowing Flowing Water Formation Land Long Exposure Motion Mountain Nature No People Outdoors Rock Rock - Object Rock Formation Scenics - Nature Solid Tranquil Scene Tranquility Travel Destinations Water Yoho National Park
It was snowing when I got up this morning, and is forecast to hit -5 C (23F) tonight. So it seems that summer, despite officially having a week to go, is over. I have been lucky enough to get some extended adventures in over the summer including Maligne Lake, Lake O’Hara, Gimli Ridge, Iceline Trail, Tonquin Valley, and Mt Assiniboine. So the backlog of photos to edit gets longer; but that’s a nice problem to have. I am looking forward now to some spectacular autumn colours followed by the sublime quiet and solitude that comes with winter in the North. Between hiking the Tonquin Valley loop and travelling down to Mt Assiniboine we managed to finally stop in for sunrise at Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks. Those that know me know how much I like crowded places, but this is one spot where the crowds are actually worth it. Moraine Lake sits at an elevation of 1,885 m (6,183 ft) in Banff National Park. The iconic colour of the lake is due to light scattering from fine particles of glacial rock flour. Love Life, Love Photography Alberta, Canada Banff National Park  Banff, Alberta Moraine Lake  Blue Day Formation Idyllic Lake Mountain Mountain Range Nature No People Non-urban Scene Outdoors Reflection Rock Rock - Object Scenics - Nature Sky Snowcapped Mountain Tranquil Scene Tranquility Turquoise Colored Water
The flamingo after the storm. Dating from 1974 the 53-foot (16 m) high structure was created by Alexander Calder and is located in the Federal Plaza in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Chicago Chicago Architecture USA Architecture Building Building Exterior Built Structure Chicago Illinois City Day Financial District  Footpath Low Angle View Modern Nature No People Office Office Building Exterior Outdoors Red Reflection Skyscraper Tall - High Tower United States Of America
This shot is looking South towards the North Face of Mt Robson over a very still Berg Lake. It was an amazingly clear night with the Milky Way rising and no sign of the moon so I was down at the lake taking some astrophotography. We then had an aurora fire up so I turned around to take some shots North and watched the Aurora come and go for about 30 min. After the main aurora had faded, I went back to take a few more shots looking south over the lake to Robson as the Milky Way had lined up with the low point in the range. We then experienced a rare aurora related phenomena of ‘Steve’ accompanied by a ‘Picket Fence’ below it. Given we were looking South from a latitude of 53’ North this just makes it all the more incredible. ‘Steve’ was formally discovered in 2017 by aurora watchers from Alberta and was determined to be caused by a 25 km wide ribbon of hot gasses at an altitude of 300 km, temperature of 3000 °C and flowing at a speed of 6 km/s (compared to 10 m/s outside the ribbon). The name "Steve" was taken from Over the Hedge, an animated comedy movie of 2006, in which its characters chose that name for something unknown. The ‘Picket Fence’ below was slowly cycling to the right of frame. Berg Lake sits at an altitude of 1,646 m (5,400 ft). The North Face of Mt Robson rises 2,308m (7,572ft) out of the lake to a total height of 3,954 m (12,972 ft) and is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Mount Robson Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada. Aurora Borealis Steve Berg Lake British Columbia, Canada Canadian Rockies  Mt Robson Provincial Park Astronomy Aurora Polaris Beauty In Nature Cold Temperature Galaxy Lake Milky Way Mountain Nature Night Reflection Scenics - Nature Sky Snowcapped Mountain Space Star - Space Tranquil Scene Tranquility Water
A moose enjoying some long summer grass. Seems hard to believe it’s only five weeks to go before we have to put our winter tires on! Northern British Columbia, Canada Love Life, Love Photography British Columbia, Canada Moose Animal Animal Themes Animal Wildlife Animals In The Wild Canada Day Field Grass Grassy Green Color Herbivorous Land Mammal Moose Nature No People Northern British Columbia One Animal Outdoors Purity Selective Focus Summer Vertebrate
“All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking” Friedrich Nietzsche. We have spent a fair bit of time this last month wandering among glaciers looking for thoughts. The shot taken on the Iceline trail in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada. A spectacular trail if you ever get the chance to do it. British Columbia, Canada Adventure Alpine Landscape Beauty In Nature Full Length Glass - Material Hiking Iceline Trail Leisure Activity Lifestyles Mountain Mountain Peak Mountain Range Nature One Person Outdoors Peak Ridgeline Rock Rocky Mountains Scenics - Nature Sky Standing Tranquil Scene Yoho National Park
A 20 shot panorama looking down over Lake OHara and Mary Lake. I would normally not shoot photos in the middle of the day however you really can’t appreciate the spectacular colours of these lakes unless you have overhead sun. Ten minutes before I took these shots the family sheltered in a small rock cave while a hail storm passed over. We experienced the full gamut of Canadian alpine summer weather on this trip with rain, hail, snow, wind and sunshine at various times. Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada Love Life, Love Photography Blue Color British Columbia, Canada Mary Lake Panoramic Beauty In Nature Cloud - Sky Day Environment Green Color Idyllic Lake Lake Ohara Landscape Mountain Mountain Range Nature No People Non-urban Scene Outdoors Scenics - Nature Sky Tranquil Scene Tranquility Water Yoho National Park
Solar activity has been minimal over the past couple of months so here is a fresh edit from the September last year. This shot is looking South towards the North Face of Mt Robson with the Milky Way rising along with the aurora related phenomena of ‘Steve’ accompanied by a ‘Picket Fence’ travelling east west above it. Berg Lake sits at an altitude of 1,646 m (5,400 ft). The North Face of Mt Robson rises 2,308m (7,572ft) out of the lake to a total height of 3,954 m (12,972 ft) and is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Mount Robson Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada. I had previously edited up some landscape shots of this; however noticed that I also had a few portrait shots to play with. The image has the mountain stacked from multiple frames to reduce noise; yet uses a single image of the sky and water as stacking the sky over multiple frames would remove the definition in the aurora. Love Life, Love Photography Aurora Borealis Berg Lake British Columbia, Canada Steve Astronomy Beauty In Nature Cold Temperature Galaxy Idyllic Lake Milky Way Mountain Nature Night Picket Fence Aurora Reflection Scenics - Nature Sky Snowcapped Mountain Space Star - Space Tranquil Scene Tranquility Water Waterfront
The contrast between winter and summer at places like Maligne Canyon in the Rockies is nothing short of phenomenal. Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada Love Life, Love Photography Maligne Canyon, Alberta, Canada Beauty In Nature Blurred Motion Environment Flowing Flowing Water Forest Jasper National Park Land Long Exposure Moss And Lichen Motion Nature No People Non-urban Scene Outdoors Plant Power In Nature Purity Rainforest Rock Scenics - Nature Solid Water Waterfall
We spent an amazing four days exploring and camping in the Lake O’Hara region with my little family and some friends. The area is restricted via a lottery style booking system to minimise impact. Having spent two decades exploring over six continents it is rare to see such accessible pristine wilderness. If you ever get the chance to visit the area take it. We hiked as hard as we could including a couple of night hikes given the time restrictions in the area. This shot was taken looking across Mary Lake at 2043m (6704 ft) to Cathedral Mountain at 3,189m (10462 ft). Love Life, Love Photography Lake O'hara Mary Lake Beauty In Nature Cloud - Sky Formation Idyllic Lake Lake View Mountain Mountain Peak Mountain Range Mountains And Sky Nature No People Non-urban Scene Reflection Remote Scenics - Nature Sky Snowcapped Mountain Stormy Sky Tranquil Scene Tranquility Water Yoho National Park
There is nothing quite like seeing a grizzly in the wild. This shot was taken last autumn while the bear was searching below the tide line for food. The salmon runs last year were critically low all along the BC coastline with this specific run coming though Knight Inlet down 80-90%. This results in the bears being tragically thin before hibernation and having to range further afield for food. At this time of year the bellies of these coastal bears are normally hanging almost to the ground. This bear was munching barnacles off the rocks in an effort to get some sustenance. Knight Inlet, British Columbia, Canada. The bear is a North American Brown Bear or Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos horribilis). Love Life, Love Photography . British Columbia, Canada Coastline Knight Inlet Animal Animal Themes Animal Wildlife Animals Hunting Animals In The Wild Bear Brown Bear Day Full Length Grizzly Bear Hunting Mammal Nature No People One Animal Outdoors Shoreline Survival Ursus Arctos Horribilis Vertebrate Walking Water
Sunset over the Chicago river in downtown Chicago. Illinois, United States of America Chicago River Chicago Skyline Chicago Architecture USA Architecture Building Building Exterior Built Structure City Cityscape Cloud - Sky Financial District  Modern Nature No People Office Office Building Exterior Outdoors Residential District Sky Skyscraper Sunset Tall - High Tower Water
Winter conditions were still holding on in the Rockies when I took this shot of a couple of Rams who were no doubt dreaming of warmer conditions and spring pasture. The horns of bighorn sheep (ovis canadensis) rams can weigh up to 14 kg (30 lb), while the sheep themselves weigh up to 140 kg (300 lb). Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada Love Life, Love Photography Alberta, Canada Bighorn Sheep Frozen Nature Ovis Canadensis Wild Animal Animal Animal Themes Animal Wildlife Animals In The Wild Canada Cold Cold Temperature Herbivorous Horned Jasper National Park Mammal Nature No People Rams Horn Snow Vertebrate Wild Sheep Winter Winter Conditions
“The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence; it is to act with yesterday's logic” Peter Drucker Down a lonely dirt road to an unmarked stop, the Morkill river rages with the spring melt. The sheer volume of water flowing in front of you as you stand on the edge of the upper falls warps your perspective and creates a swirling sensation like you’re going to be sucked into a vortex. If you can draw your eyes from the mesmerising flow in front of you two other significant waterfalls, which seem tiny in comparison, also majestically flow down into the drop here. I have done my best to capture one here along with the main fall, but you would need a drone to get the full perspective of the scene. We scrambled down some very slippery mossy cliffs to the bottom of the falls however the spray blocked any view from down at the river. It continues to amaze me how many places like this are lurking in Northern British Columbia, that in other countries would be considered national treasures and overrun with development and tourists, yet here are just sitting mostly unnoticed at the end of dirt forestry roads. We camped here the night and did not see another soul, unless you count the black bear which was wandering around the falls. Love Life, Love Photography Morkill River Raging River Beauty In Nature Canada Day Environment Flowing Flowing Water Forest Large Volume Long Exposure Massive Waterfall Motion Nature No People Non-urban Scene Northern British Columbia Outdoors Plunging Power In Nature Scenics - Nature Spray Tranquility Water Waterfall
There is a sense of peace and quiet in winter that you don’t seem to get in any of the other seasons. Fresh snow dampens sound in a way that has to be experienced before you really understand it. The sense of quiet comes from the high porosity of loosely packed crystals of freshly fallen snow which trap sound waves. It looks like summer has arrived here with temps here in the low 30’s C (90F) for this week. One of the problems with having such dramatic seasons is you can tell how far behind I am with my photo editing! The shot was taken on Hudson Bay Mountain just outside of Smithers in Northern British Columbia, Canada. Life, Love Photography Ghost Trees Hudson Bay Mountain Smithers Tree Beauty In Nature Cold Temperature Covering Environment Extreme Weather Frozen Landscape Nature No People Northern British Columbia Plant Powder Snow Pristine Snow Snow Snow Covered Snow Pillow Snowcapped Mountain Tranquil Scene Tranquility White Color Winter
Stormy summer afternoon looking over Lake Michigan towards downtown Chicago. Illinois, USA. Love Life, Love Photography Chicago Skyline Chicago Architecture Illinois Lake Michigan Chicago Stormy Weather USA Architecture Building Exterior Built Structure City Cityscape Cloud - Sky Jetski Modern Motion Nature Office Building Exterior Outdoors Sea Sky Skyscraper Storm Cloud Urban Skyline Water Waterfront
After a couple of centuries absence, Wild bison or American buffalo (Bison bison) can be seen to roam some small patches of the prairies in the Midwest once more. While once numbering 20 to 30 million across the endless American prairies, the number of bison remaining alive in North America declined to as low as 541 individual animals after the great slaughter during the 1800s. In 2015 Illinois saw its first wild bison calf in nearly 200 years after one was born to a reintroduced herd at Nachusa Grasslands. It is hard not to be impressed by the sheer size of these animals when you see them up close with males weighing up to 1 tonne. All the more impressive when you consider that they can run 35–40 mph (56–64 km/h) and jump close to 6 ft (1.8 m) vertically when agitated. Nachusa Grasslands, Illinois, USA. Love Life, Love Photography American Buffalo Illinois MidWest Prairies American Bison Animal Animal Themes Animal Wildlife Animals In The Wild Bison Bison Field Grass Green Color Herbivorous Horned Land Livestock Mammal Nature No People One Animal Outdoors Plain Plant Vertebrate
“If everything's under control, you're going too slow” Mario Andretti Perhaps my favorite peak in the Canadian Rockies, Pyramid Mountain looms large over most of the terrain around Jasper at 2,766m or 9,075ft. The red bands come from iron rich layers in the rock. A winter shot taken from high on the side of Marmot peak. Alberta, Canada Love Life, Love Photography Alberta Canada Rock And Ice Beauty In Nature Clear Sky Cold Temperature Day Idyllic Jasper National Park Landscape Mountain Mountain Peak Mountain Range Nature No People Physical Geography Pyramid Mountain Range Sky Snow Snow Covered Snowcapped Mountain Tranquil Scene Tranquility Travel Winter Wonderland
Trumpeter Swans passing though on their annual migration. Interestingly these swans actually fly north to winter over on the Crooked River north of Prince George where warm springs keep parts of the river open all year. The trumpeter swan (Cygnus buccinator) is the heaviest living bird native to North America and the largest waterfowl in the world with a wingspan that can exceed 10 ft (3.0 m). Ness Lake, Northern British Columbia, Canada. Love Life, Love Photography Log Cabin Trees Animal Animal Themes Animal Wildlife Animals In The Wild Architecture Bird Birds Built Structure Canada Cold Temperature Day Lake Nature Ness Lake No People Northern British Columbia Outdoors Snow Snow Covered Snowing Trumpeter Swans Water Winter
Last light on the Rockies. Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada Love Life, Love Photography Alberta Canada Pink Sky Rock Wall Beauty In Nature Big Mountains Cloud - Sky Idyllic Jasper National Park Mountain Mountain Peak Mountain Range Nature No People Outdoors Rocky Mountains Scenics - Nature Sky Sunset The Past Tourism Tranquil Scene Tranquility Travel Destinations Winter
Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights over the Crooked River. The shot is a long exposure on a particularly dark night and I was happy to capture my first high altitude blue/purple aurora. The blue/purple fringe on the top comes from the interaction of the solar wind with hydrogen and helium in the ionosphere. Below that is the band of red or blood aurora that forms around 250 – 500 km from high energy state excited oxygen atoms emitting light at 630 nm. The bottom layer is the more typically seen green aurora that forms between 100 – 250 km by excited oxygen atoms emitting light at 557.7 nano-metres. The green band in this shot here actually has a yellowish tinge as we are looking at the auroral oval from a long way away. This happens due to the shallow angle of observation causing the green and red bands to overlap generating a dirty green or yellow rather than the vivid green you see with overhead auroras. At the lower edge of the curtain (below 100km), the density of molecules doesn't permit oxygen to emit light. It is however possible to see a low altitude fringe of blue or red below the green oxygen layer that comes from Nitrogen atoms either in its ionised or excited states respectively. This is not present in this photo and is typically is seen at very high latitudes when standing under a powerful overhead aurora. The Crooked River sits at 54 degrees North in Northern British Columbia. Love Life, Love Photography Aurora Borealis Northern Lights Astronomy Astrophotography Beauty In Nature Canada Crooked River Dark Environment Forest Idyllic Majestic Nature Night No People Northern British Columbia Purple Silhouette Sky Space Star - Space Tranquil Scene Tranquility Tree Water
Motivation to do something is a strange thing. It comes in impulsive waves of intense focus, burns bright for a while, and eventually fades like the flickering light of a candle. Before you know it there are too many other fires burning around you to notice the light from that lone fading candle. One has to periodically turn off all the lights in order to appreciate the smaller flames and breathe new life into them. I took this shot of an ice fishing hut on the lake in front of our house. People often wonder what could possibly motivate someone to head out in -30C (-22F) to stare at a small hole in the ice for days on end. It’s just their way of turning off the lights, so they can see what’s important in life. Love Life, Love Photography British Columbia, Canada Frozen Lake Ice Fishing Smoke Beauty In Nature Cold Temperature Coniferous Tree Day Environment Fog Forest Frozen Ice Fishing Huts Lake Layers Of Fog On A Landscape Nature Northern British Columbia Outdoors Scenics - Nature Snow Snowing Tranquil Scene Tranquility Water Winter
The Chicago "L" late at night. With parts of the system dating back to 1892 it is the second-oldest rapid transit system in the Americas. The “L” is derived from the elevated nature of the system above the streets which make it such a distinctive part of the city. I took two shots of this same bend, one with a ghost train and only the light trails, and one with a solid train. Difficult to choose between them so I have posted both. Please let me know which one you prefer in the comments! Chicago Architecture Ghost Train Architecture Blurred Motion Bridge Bridge - Man Made Structure Building Building Exterior City City Life Cityscape Illuminated Light Trail Long Exposure Mode Of Transportation Motion Night No People Outdoors Road Skyscraper Speed Street Train Transportation
The Chicago "L" late at night. With parts of the system dating back to 1892 it is the second-oldest rapid transit system in the Americas. The “L” is derived from the elevated nature of the system above the streets which make it such a distinctive part of the city. I took two shots of this same bend, one with a ghost train and only the light trails, and one with a solid train. Difficult to choose between them so I have posted both. Please let me know which one you prefer in the comments! Ghost Train Light Trails Architecture Blurred Motion Bridge - Man Made Structure Building Building Exterior City City Life Cityscape Illuminated Light Trail Long Exposure Motion Multiple Lane Highway Night No People Office Building Exterior Road Skyscraper Speed Street Traffic Train Transportation
Stopping to take in Victoria Falls on the Lake Oesa Trail in the Lake O’Hara region. When we finally got to Lake Oesa the skys opened up and started to pelt us with grapple snow. Such is summer in the Canadian Rockies. Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada Love Life, Love Photography British Columbia, Canada Misty Beauty In Nature Blurred Motion Day Environment Falling Water Flowing Flowing Water Formation Long Exposure Motion Mountain Mountain Range Nature Non-urban Scene Outdoors person Rock Rock Formation Scenics - Nature Solid Water Waterfall Yoho National Park
“It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see. “ - Henry David Thoreau Last light at Vernon lake. Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Love Life, Love Photography . British Columbia, Canada Vernon Lake Beauty In Nature Cloud - Sky Day Fog Forest Idyllic Lake Nature No People Non-urban Scene Outdoors Peaceful Reflection Reflection Lake Scenics - Nature Sky Symmetry Tranquil Scene Tranquility Tree Vancouver Island Water Waterfront
Eerie light late yesterday afternoon at Ness Lake. Some super dense smoke came over at about 6pm, and for a time the whole world glowed orange. The light lasted like this for about 45 minutes then when back to the gray smokey haze that we have been accustomed too over this past couple of weeks. I have made minimal edits to this shot and have not changed the hue or applied any colour cast or filter. No end in sight for the wildfire season here in BC. Here is hoping for some rain. Northern British Columbia, Canada Love Life, Love Photography Apocalyptic Sky Orange Sky Smoke Wildfire Smoke Beauty In Nature Blood Orange Sky Canada Lake Nature Ness Lake No People Non-urban Scene Northern British Columbia Orange Color Outdoors Reflection Scenics - Nature Silhouette Sky Smokey Sky Still Water Sunset Tranquility Water Wildfires
Last light catches the winter coats of some rocky mountain goats (Oreamnos americanus) as they descend down from snowbird pass. The mighty Robson glacier can be seen below in the distance. The mountain goats are not a member of the genus Capra that includes all other goats, rather they are a member of the antelope family, and should be more correctly referred to as a goat-antelope. Mt Robson Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada. Love Life, Love Photography . Goats Grazing Light Mt Robson Provincial Park Oreamnos Americanus Winter Alpine Meadows Animal Beauty In Nature Canada Fluffy Goats And Glaciers Kid Last Light Mammal Mountain Goats Nature No People Northern British Columbia Rockies Rocky Mountains Sunset White Color Wild Goats Wildlife
I finally got a chance to edit up another shot from the severe lightning storm over Prince George a few weeks ago. In contrast to the other lightning shot at sunset this one is from just after dusk. In the high resolution version of this you can clearly see the purple fringing on the edge of the lightning bolts. The lightning itself emits pure white light however the discharge though the atmosphere actually creates a plasma and the purple colour comes from this ionisation of the atmospheric gases. Ionisation is the same phenomena that causes the colour we see in polar Auroras. Plasma is neither solid, liquid, nor gas, rather it is a fourth state of matter. It is quite rare on earth however over 99% of the matter in the universe exists as plasma, held within stars or as superhot interstellar matter. We had a beautiful display of the storm looking back towards it out at Ness Lake as the cell passed mostly to the east of us and we avoided the flooding rain they received in town. Storms like this are rare up here in Northern BC and we lost power for a couple of hours. I must say it made me a little homesick for the frequent severe lightning storms we used to watch from our property in the mid latitudes of Australia. Love Life, Love Photography Lightning Strikes Beauty In Nature Bolts Canada Cloud - Sky Forked Lightning Island Lake Lake View Lightning Lightning Storm Nature Night No People Northern British Columbia Outdoors Power Power In Nature Purple Sky Storm Storm Cloud Thunderstorm Water Waterfront
Smokey sunrise yesterday morning over Ness Lake. There are currently 500 wildfires burning across BC with 440 thousand acres burned so far this summer. While we are not personally close to any of the bad fires, we have been experiencing high smoke levels and a lot of ash fallout over the past couple of days. Here is hoping for some rain. Love Life, Love Photography Wildfire Smoke Beauty In Nature Cloud - Sky Idyllic Majestic Nature No People Non-urban Scene Northern British Columbia Orange Color Outdoors Plant Romantic Sky Scenics - Nature Silhouette Sky Smokey Smokey Sky Sun Sunlight Sunset Sunsets Tranquil Scene Tree Wildfires
Mount Colin (2687 m or 8815 ft) in Jasper National Park. The mountain was named after Colin Fraser the explorer. Alberta, Canada Love Life, Love Photography Frozen Misty Beauty In Nature Canada Cold Temperature Environment Formation Idyllic Jasper National Park Landscape Mountain Mountain Peak Mountain Range Nature No People Non-urban Scene Outdoors Physical Geography Scenics - Nature Sky Snow Snowcapped Mountain Tourism Tranquil Scene Winter
In the dozen or so times I have been though Tokyo I have only seen Fujisan once! This last trip the sky was clear so I headed up the sky tree to grab this shot looking over Tokyo. Mount Fuji or Fujisan is the highest mountain in Japan 3,776.24 m (12,389 ft). Honshu Island, Japan Cityscape Fujisan Japan Tokyo Sky Tree Tokyo,Japan Architecture Building Building Exterior Built Structure City City Life Cityscape Day High Angle View Mountain Nature No People Office Building Exterior Outdoors Residential District Sky Skyscraper Snowcapped Mountain Travel Destinations Volcano
A close up of an ABC Islands bear (Ursus arctos sitkensis) or Sitka brown bear taken on Baranof Island. It is a subspecies of brown bear or grizzly bear that resides in Southeast Alaska and is found only on the ABC Islands (Admiralty Island, Baranof Island, and Chichagof Island) . The bear is slightly different to a standard brown bear in that around 6.5% of the X chromosomes from the ABC Islands bears have recently come from polar bears. This is in contrast to 1% of the ABC Islands bears genomes containing polar bear DNA. It is believed that the present polar bear DNA stems from a group of polar bears that were stranded in Southeast Alaska at the end of the last glacial period due to receding ice. Male brown bears migrated to the island and interbred, leaving the phenotype and genotype of these bears to be primarily brown bear. The story of the ABC islands bear is warning as to the future of all polar bears as the arctic continues to warm at twice the rate of the rest of the world and the fastest rate in measurable history. The media often focuses on the record low summer sea ice coverage which according to NASA is declining at a rate of 13.2% per decade and accelerating. However perhaps more startling is the US National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) report released in April on the age of arctic sea ice which provides a better indicator of the decreasing thickness of the ice and total ice volume. Ice older than one year covered 61% of the region in 1984, compared to just 34% in 2018. Only 2% of the Arctic’s sea ice is now five years old or older, compared to 30% in 1984. With several consecutive years of winter heatwaves in the arctic, the total surface area of the ice is now shrinking in across all seasons, not just in summer. Seems we are heading for an ice free summer arctic within 10 and 30 years from now. ABC Islands Bear USA Ursus Arctos Sitkensis Alaska Animal Animal Body Part Animal Eye Animal Head  Animal Themes Animal Wildlife Bear Brown Close Up Face Close-up Day Face Furry Grizzly Bear Looking At Camera Mammal Nature No People One Animal Portrait Wet Fur
2nd shot of the small cascade in the south western end of Maligne Lake. It’s a testimony to how brutal the winters are up here high in the Rockies that not even moss seems to be growing on these falls. I have only seen one picture of this waterfall up on the web and it was named as Teardrop Falls but my GPS for this spot does not correspond with where Teardrop Falls or Pin Cushion Point is on the map so I assume it’s another unnamed fall. If you know the name of the falls please send me a message. Jasper National Park. Alberta, Canada Beauty In Nature Blurred Motion Day Environment Falling Water Flowing Flowing Water Land Long Exposure Motion Nature No People Non-urban Scene Outdoors Power In Nature Rock Rock - Object Rock Formation Scenics - Nature Solid Water Waterfall
A small cascade in the south western end of Maligne Lake. It’s a testimony to how brutal the winters are up here high in the Rockies that not even moss seems to be growing on these falls. I have only seen one picture of this waterfall up on the web and it was named as Teardrop Falls but my GPS for this spot does not correspond with where Teardrop Falls or Pin Cushion Point is on the map so I assume it’s another unnamed fall. If you know the name of the falls please send me a message. Jasper National Park. Alberta, Canada Alberta, Canada Beauty In Nature Blurred Motion Canada Day Falling Water Flowing Flowing Water Jasper National Park Land Long Exposure Motion Nature Non-urban Scene Outdoors Power In Nature Rock Rock - Object Rock Formation Rocky Mountains Scenics - Nature Solid Stream - Flowing Water Water Waterfall
The giant Independence Day flag in this shot is covering the Wrigley tower in Chicago. Harking back to simpler times and the great post war boom of the roaring twenties the Wrigley tower (completed 1921) was built by chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr and is a fusion of french renaissance and spanish revival architectural styles. The neo-Gothic building across the road is the Tribune Tower (completed 1925) which was built to house the Chicago Tribune Newspaper. Love Life, Love Photography Architecture Chicago Chicago Skyline Chicago Architecture Gothic Architecture High Rise USA Architecture Building Building Exterior Built Structure Chicago Illinois City Cityscape Cloud - Sky Modern Office Office Building Exterior Sky Skycraper Skyscraper Street Street Photography Tall - High Tower
One of the perks of living in the frozen North is you can make an Igloo in your backyard! It was a fun project and made quite a nice whisky bar! Ness Lake, Northern British Columbia. Love Life, Love Photography Canada Eskimo Frozen Home Ice Lights Bed In Style Blue Blue Background Cold Cusions Fairy Lights Frozen Nature Frozen Water Great White North Home Interior Ice Bar Igloo Inuit Culture Ness Lake Northern British Columbia Winter
There was a severe lightning storm over Prince George in the distance. We had a beautiful display looking back towards it out at Ness Lake although we lost power for a couple of hours. Love Life, Love Photography British Columbia, Canada Beauty In Nature Cloud - Sky Dusk Forked Lightning Lake Lake View Lightning Nature Ness Lake No People Outdoors Plant Power Power In Nature Purple Scary Scenics - Nature Sky Storm Storm Cloud Thunderstorm Tree Water Waterfront
Stillness descends over Maligne Lake and Spirit Island after a stormy day of canoeing in which we had a mix of rain, hail, sunshine, and snow. Kodak used a picture of Spirit Island taken by Peter Gales as part of a showcase for Kodack Colorama, that was displayed prominently in New York City’s Grand Central Terminal in 1960. Kodack Colorama was leading the new phenomenon of consumer colour film at the time and since then the island has become one of the iconic vistas of the Canadian Rockies. The ‘island’ is in fact a small peninsula which is only cut off by water briefly after large spring snowmelts. We spent three days canoe camping around the lake, and the colour of the water in the southern end of the lake really needs to be seen to be believed. Being one of the most popular back country trips in the Rockies, it can be notoriously difficult to book a camping spot on the lake. We were lucky that the ice melted off the lake a couple of weeks early this year and Parks Canada released an extra week of bookings which were previously withheld. We quickly booked at the last minute, and were amazingly the only people in the campsite near Spirit Island on the first night we camped. With the ice having only been off the lake for a week, we were able experience Spirit Island all to ourselves. The next morning as we paddled to explore the southern end of the lake we did not see another vessel. Maligne Lake sits at an elevation of 1,675 metres (5,495 feet), and has a maximum depth of 97 metres (318 feet). The deep water temperatures in the lake never rise above 4°C (39°F) even at the peak of summer; so it’s not a lake you can afford to capsize your canoe in. This shot was taken just after sunset. Jasper National Park. Alberta, Canada Love Life, Love Photography Alberta, Canada Canadian Rockies  Reflection Beauty In Nature Cloud - Sky Idyllic Jasper National Park Lake Mountain Mountain Range Nature No People Non-urban Scene Plant Purple Reflection Sky Snowcapped Mountain Spirit Island Teal Water Tranquil Scene Tranquility Tree Water Waterfront