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This is a shot from 2017 of the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights in Mt Robson Provincial Park. This was the night I took my shots of STEVE to the south over Berg Lake and Mt Robson from the same position (this shot looks north). The red/pink band of forms at around 250 – 500 km altitude 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 altitude by excited oxygen atoms emitting light at 557.7 nano-metres. Night Scenics - Nature Space Star - Space Sky Astronomy Tranquil Scene Tranquility No People Silhouette Idyllic Nature Mountain Green Color Non-urban Scene Majestic Illuminated Outdoors Aurora Polaris Purple Power In Nature Aurora Borealis Northern Lights Skyline British Columbia, Canada
Looking at downtown Seattle and the iconic Space Needle with Mount Rainier in the background. The space needle was built for the 1962 World's Fair which drew over 2.3 million visitors. Mount Rainier is the highest mountain of the Cascade Range of the Pacific Northwest at 4,392 m or 14,411 ft. Seattle is the largest city in Washington State in the USA with a population of around 4.5 million when the surrounding metropolitan areas are included. Building Exterior Architecture Built Structure Building City Mountain Sky Illuminated Cityscape Travel Destinations Nature No People Night Landscape Outdoors Office Building Exterior Skyscraper Tall - High Mountain Peak Downtown CBD Seattle, Washington Mt Rainier Cityscape Space Needle Seattle WA.
Ness Lake froze perfectly this year without wind or snow, turning it into one large transparent ice rink for a few amazing days of skating. The ice was clear enough to see submersed logs and schools of fish below your feet as you skated. This shot is looking east towards the island and I used a high intensity led flashlight to light up some of the foreground cracks in the ice. The fractured ice reflects the light down the cracks much in the same way light travels down optic fiber. Any light which escapes the primary fracture travels away sideways though the ice without being visible to the observer above unless picked up by another crack and reflected upwards. Reflection Lake Water Sky Beauty In Nature Tranquility Tranquil Scene Nature Scenics - Nature No People Idyllic Non-urban Scene Outdoors Illuminated Waterfront Reflection Lake Frozen Lake Ice Ice Cracks Ice Fractures Night Photography Ness Lake, Northern British Columbia, Canada Frozen Trees Island
We stayed a night at the Wates-Gibson Hut on Outpost Lake while hiking the Tonquin Valley. Given the torrential rain we had all night it was nice to be able to walk out in the morning without packing up our tents in the mud. The clouds parted a little at sunrise; just enough to let a few rays of sun through and give us some hope that it would not rain continuously for the remaining three days of the hike. This shot was taken of Blackhorn Peak (3000m or 9843ft ). Sky Mountain Beauty In Nature Cloud - Sky Scenics - Nature Tranquil Scene Tranquility Sunset Mountain Range Silhouette Nature Idyllic Non-urban Scene No People Environment Mountain Peak Majestic Outdoors Formation Trees Light And Shadow Light Rays Crepuscular Rays Tonquin Valley Blackhorn Peak
A cold crisp morning at Dennis Lake with the sun just about to break over Hudson Bay Mountain 2859m (8495ft). Dennis Lake is located near Smithers in Northern British Columbia, Canada. Lake Tranquil Scene Scenics - Nature Beauty In Nature Tranquility Water Reflection Mountain Sky Non-urban Scene Idyllic Wood - Material Pier Nature Mountain Range No People The Way Forward Direction Snowcapped Mountain Dock Jetty Sunrise Dennis Lake Hudson Bay Mountain Reflections In The Water
“There is peace even in the storm” Vincent van Gogh The Tonquin valley is like a throwback in time. It gives you an idea of what it must have felt like to see Banff or Jasper before there was any development other than a few horse trails. The trail here is infamous for its mud; and it did not disappoint. Over the course of the hike we had our fair share of particularly cold rain, and it often felt more like wading through a swamp than hiking. Despite this there were numerous moments of serene beauty where the mountains cleared and we had spectacular light. This shot was a 30 second exposure (f7.1, ISO 100) of the Ramparts from Amethyst Lake. Rising to a height of 3,313m (10,869ft) and straddling the continental divide they fall partly within Jasper National Park in Alberta and Mount Robson Provincial Park in British Columbia. Amethyst lake sits at height of 1,975m (6,479ft) so the wall rises dramatically over 1,300m (4,265ft) in front of you. On the third day with the temperatures continuing to drop the rain started turning to snow on the pass; so we hiked out in a single day and skipped our planned forth day. We were extremely lucky to be able to see some endangered mountain Caribou bulls; but I will save that for another post. Jasper National Park. Alberta, Canada Water Sky Beauty In Nature Mountain Scenics - Nature Rock Tranquil Scene Cloud - Sky Tranquility Rock - Object Mountain Range Nature Winter Idyllic Cold Temperature Non-urban Scene No People Outdoors Snowcapped Mountain Mountain Peak Tonquin Valley The Ramparts Amethyst Lake Lake Stormy Weather
Fall has came and faded from Ness Lake in a period of about 14 days. It seems impossible to tell the peak in colours until after is has passed, so you just have to continually shoot though it. I never appreciated how short this season is, and how beautiful, until moving to Canada. Australia has almost no native deciduous tress which change colour, although it does have other bursts of colour like the Wattle wildflower season. Northern British Columbia, Canada. Tree Reflection Water Beauty In Nature Plant Lake Tranquility Autumn Scenics - Nature Change Waterfront No People Tranquil Scene Nature Orange Color Sky Non-urban Scene Idyllic Outdoors Reflection Lake Ness Lake Prince George Bc Northern British Columbia, Canada Autumn colors Fall Colors
Snow has arrived in the Rockies and a young moose calf starts to experience its first taste of winter. Moose are the largest of the deer family by some margin; they stand up to 2.1 m (6.9 ft) high at the shoulder and the males can weigh up to 700kg. I have also included a shot of its mother. Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada Tree Snow Mammal Animal Wildlife Winter Animal Themes Animal Cold Temperature Land Animals In The Wild Forest Plant One Animal Moose No People Nature Day Vertebrate Outdoors WoodLand Herbivorous Jasper National Park Winter Moose Calf Snow Forest
A moose wanders though the first snow of the season in the Rockies. Moose are the largest of the deer family by some margin; they stand up to 2.1 m (6.9 ft) high at the shoulder and the males can weigh up to 700kg. I have also included a shot of its mother. Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada Snow Winter Animal Mammal Cold Temperature Animal Wildlife Land Tree One Animal Forest Plant Animals In The Wild Nature Vertebrate Moose Day Beauty In Nature Outdoors Herbivorous WoodLand Snowing Pine Tree Coniferous Tree Winter Alces Alces
Who is looking forward to hitting the slopes this winter? Hopefully the white stuff is not too far away. Fresh powder 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. The shot was taken on Hudson Bay Mountain just outside of Smithers in Northern British Columbia, Canada. Cold Temperature Winter Snow Beauty In Nature Tranquility Nature Tranquil Scene No People White Color Day Scenics - Nature Frozen Environment Idyllic Covering Landscape Extreme Weather Hudson Bay Mountain Smithers Bc Powder Snow Snow Ghost Trees Frozen Deep Snow Powder Hound British Columbia, Canada
Looking down over the spectacular Icefields Parkway from the top of Big Bend. A beautiful U shaped valley formed during the last ice age. This is a long stretch of road and the cars for the light trails took several minutes to reach the end of the frame. Canadian Rockies, Banff National Park. Scenics - Nature Beauty In Nature Tranquil Scene Plant Tranquility Cloud - Sky Environment Mountain Range Landscape Nature Land Idyllic Day Outdoors U Shaped Valley Glaciated Valley Big Landscape Road Icefields Parkway, Alberta, Canada Canadian Rockies  Big Country Clouds And Sky Forest Bridge Light Trails On Highway
There is nothing quite like a morning soak after a few days of strenuous backcountry hiking. On this occasion we had the Lussier Hot Springs all to ourselves. The top pool sits at around 43 deg C (109.4 F) which makes for quite the contrast for a plunge into the icy Lussier River running beside it. Whiteswan Lake Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada. Water Rock Solid Rock - Object Nature River Forest Beauty In Nature Scenics - Nature Tranquility Outdoors High Angle View One Person Stream - Flowing Water Flowing Water Flowing Hot Springs Wild River Rainforest Hot Tub Relaxing British Columbia, Canada Whiteswan Lake Provincial Park Lussier Hot Springs Pools
“Who are we? We find that we live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are far more galaxies than people.” Carl Sagan
 Few things make the mighty Mount Assiniboine (3,618 m or 11,870 ft) seem small; but the milky way has to be one of them. This is a ten shot stack with all shots taken using a 50mm f1.8 prime at ISO 6400 and a 10 second exposure time. Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada. Scenics - Nature Mountain Astronomy Sky Galaxy Beauty In Nature Star - Space Space Night Snow Winter Cold Temperature Tranquil Scene Tranquility No People Mountain Range Snowcapped Mountain Milky Way Nature Mountain Peak Milky Way Galaxy Mount Assiniboine Alpine Landscape Glacier Astrophotography
The tail end of a recent coronal hole solar wind stream at about KP4. Standing on the edge of a cold Ness Lake at about 3am. Northern British Columbia, Canada. Scenics - Nature Sky Night Beauty In Nature Tranquil Scene Tranquility Lake Water Tree Star - Space Astronomy Idyllic Space Nature Plant Star Non-urban Scene Silhouette Star Field Outdoors Space And Astronomy Silhouette Aurora Borealis Astrophotography Northern Lights
A Rocky Mountain goat (Oreamnos americanus) high up on Gimili ridge. These goats were covering themselves with dirt to try and keep the bugs from biting which is why the coat is such a golden colour rather than the normal white. Valhalla Provincial Park. British Columbia, Canada. Animal Themes Animal Animal Wildlife One Animal Mammal Animals In The Wild Vertebrate Land Focus On Foreground No People Field Nature Day Outdoors Herbivorous Relaxation Horned Brown Animal Head  Arid Climate Valhalla Provincial Park Rocky Mountain Goat Oreamnos Americanus Gimili Ridge
Out searching for wild grizzlies in the Great Bear Rainforest. Amazing to see these guys swimming to catch and eat salmon. Once you see them up close you start to think that an 800mm lens might be a better alternative to physically halving the distance between the bear and your 400mm lens ! Shot late in the day in Tweedsmuir South Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada Animal Animal Themes Water One Animal Animal Wildlife Waterfront Mammal Vertebrate Nature Animals In The Wild Day Plant Outdoors No People Tree Swimming Wood - Material Animal Head  Logs Pile Grizzly Bear Ursus Arctos Horribilis Wild Bear Salmon Eating Tweedsmuir South Provincial Park
Some fresh snow coming down over a bighorn ram. You wonder what goes through their minds as winter approaches. The bighorn sheep are one of the few animals that come together to survive the harsh winter roaming in mixed herds of males and females. The rams then segregate themselves for the summer . 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) . This is about one and a half times as large as a domestic sheep. Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada. Animal Themes Animal Mammal Snow One Animal Animal Wildlife Cold Temperature Winter Snowing Animals In The Wild No People Focus On Foreground Nature Herbivorous Profile View Winter Ovis Canadensis Bighorn Sheep Rocky Mountains Sheep Wildlife Wild Sheep Horned Rams Bighorn Ram
A throwback to Independence Day in Chicago. The giant 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 back when Newspapers were large revenue earners. Built Structure Architecture Building Exterior City Building Office Building Exterior Skyscraper Sky Tall - High Water Cityscape Tower Modern Cloud - Sky Day Nature No People Office Travel Destinations Outdoors Financial District  Gothic Gothic Architecture Chicago Architecture Cityscape
Having lived with the constant risk of fires on our rural property in Australia, and recently living though two of British Columbia’s worst fire seasons on record since moving to Canada I am grateful that my family has never had to experience the worst of what nature has to offer. I don’t have any shots from California, but I took this shot this past summer in Northern BC when we were smothered in smoke for weeks on end as fires raged about 50km away from us. It is a single exposure taken with a 400mm lens and 2x teliconverter. The smoke was so thick that I did not need to recover any highlights from bracketed shots even looking directly into the sun at 800mm ! Fires are a natural phenomenon, however with a warming climate resulting in more frequent droughts and extreme heat waves, will need to adapt to their increasing frequency and intensity. Northern British Columbia, Canada Tree Beauty In Nature Sky Tranquility Tranquil Scene Scenics - Nature Plant Cloud - Sky Silhouette Sunset Nature No People Orange Color Non-urban Scene Growth Forest Outdoors Majestic Coniferous Tree Sun Sunrise Wildfire Wildfire Smoke Bushfire Northern British Columbia, Canada
Maligne Canyon just before it was gripped by winter. I have been in this canyon on numerous occasions but the light is frequently difficult down these slot canyons and it is hard to get a realistic final image without it looking overworked. On this occasion we were there just after midday however it was quite dark with passing snowstorms and not quite cold enough for the snow to stick. The light was soft enough to fit the entire dynamic range into a single image which was then edited in lightroom. This is in contrast to the normal time consuming layering that is often required for high dynamic range canyon shots. Looking forward to some ice hiking up this canyon this winter. Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada Rock Water Rock - Object Solid Rock Formation Waterfall Scenics - Nature Nature Beauty In Nature No People Long Exposure Motion Cliff Outdoors Day Flowing Water Flowing Power In Nature Eroded Formation Slot Canyon Canyon Cliffs Maligne Canyon, Alberta, Canada Jasper National Park
The first snowfalls of the year always seem the most beautiful; like your brain has forgotten how transformative it is. This is a cloudy sunrise at Sunwapta falls after the first snow of the season. It sits on the Athabasca River that is fed by the Athabasca Glacier. Sunwapta is said to mean "turbulent water" in the Stoney language. Jasper National Park, Albeta, Canada. Make sure you have some snowshoes or crampons when trying to get this shot in the winter. We almost saw someone slide into the canyon scrambling down the ice in runners. Beauty In Nature Water Waterfall Tree Long Exposure Flowing Water Motion Blurred Motion Mountain Rock Nature Cold Temperature Rock - Object Winter Forest No People Flowing Mountain Range Outdoors Stream - Flowing Water Power In Nature Snowcapped Mountain Island Sunwapta Falls
Beaupre Falls in the Nisga’a Memorial Lava Bed Park (Anhluut’ukwsim Laxmihl Angwinga’asanskwhl Nisga’a). The park is included in the landmark treaty, the “Nisga’a Final Agreement”, between the Government of Canada and the Nisga’a Nation. Nisga’a Memorial Lava Bed Park is also the first provincial park to be jointly managed by a First Nation and BC Parks. Northern British Columbia, Canada Waterfall Motion Forest Scenics - Nature Long Exposure Water Beauty In Nature Blurred Motion Tree Land Flowing Water Green Color Environment Rock Rock - Object Nature Solid No People Power In Nature Outdoors Flowing Rainforest Falling Water Purity Beaupre Falls
After a couple of days of mixed snow and rain with stormy and overcast skies we were finally greeted by this frosty pink fox! It was a little chilly for sunrise at -14 C (6.8F); it seems winter has arrived in the Canadian Rockies. There is such a short time window to catch Peyto with snow on the ground before the lake freezes over so we were super fortunate to have the chance to experience it like this. The lake was named after Bill Peyto, who was an early trail guide and trapper in the Banff area. It sits at an elevation of 1,860 m (6,100 ft) in the Waputik Range of the Canadian Rockies, Banff National Park. The shot was taken near Bow Summit at 2132m (or 6994ft). Bow Summit Beauty In Nature Scenics - Nature Tranquil Scene Winter Cold Temperature Snow Tranquility Mountain Mountain Range Non-urban Scene Nature Cloud - Sky Environment Snowcapped Mountain Idyllic Outdoors Mountain Peak Sunrise Peyto Lake Pink Fox Sunrise Colors Canadian Rockies  Rocky Mountains Alberta, Canada
“Hang on to your youthful enthusiasms, you’ll be able to use them better when you’re older.” Seneca One of the most iconic scenes in the Canadian rockies. Mt Assiniboine (the pyramid shaped mountain in the back left) and Sunburst Peak tower over Sunburst Lake and Cerulean Lake. It is hard to convey how big this vista actually is with a simple photograph. At 3,618 m (11,870 ft), Mt Assiniboine is the highest peak in the Southern Continental Ranges of the Canadian Rockies and rises over 1,500 m (5,000 ft) above the lakes at its base. Clear skies in this region have been a rarity these last two seasons with the smoke from the wildfires which have raged BC. I was fortunate to be able to get an opportunity to explore the remote areas around Assiniboine this summer during a small window after the smoke had cleared but before the snow came. Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada. Mountain Scenics - Nature Mountain Range Beauty In Nature Sky Tranquility Nature Environment Non-urban Scene Idyllic Landscape No People Water Tree Rock Mountain Peak Outdoors Formation Snowcapped Mountain Assiniboine Provincial Park Mt Assiniboine British Columbia, Canada Canadian Rockies  Forest Lake View
“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
Steve made a spectacular appearance running east/west right above Ness Lake! While related to the aurora borealis (or Northen Lights) ‘Steve’ is a discrete optical phenomenon that was only formally discovered in 2017 by aurora watchers from Alberta. It was subsequently 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. "Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement" was suggested as a backronym of Steve which has since been adopted by the team at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center studying Steve. The shot shows Steve on the right (light pink) with a picket fence aurora (green) on the left. There an unknown interaction with Steve that often causes the picket fence aurora along the side of it. Ness Lake, Northern British Columbia, Canada Aurora Borealis Frozen Lake Picket Fence Steve Astronomy Astrophotography Beauty In Nature Cold Temperature Green Color Idyllic Land Nature Night No People Non-urban Scene Picket Fence Aurora Plant Scenics - Nature Sky Space Star Star - Space Star Field Tranquil Scene Tranquility Tree
Winter conditions up in a mountain pass This shot was taken driving west down from the Rockies heading back to BC. Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada Love Life, Love Photography Frozen Ice Truck Beauty In Nature Canada Cloud - Sky Cold Temperature Day Land Vehicle Mode Of Transportation Mountain Mountain Range Nature No People Plant Road Scenics - Nature Sky Snow Snowcapped Mountain The Way Forward Transportation Tree Truck Trucking Winter
Spooky outlook over a very old graveyard at an abandoned medieval Augustinian Prior’s Tower (middle of the frame), known as Black Castle, that was built in 1210. The medieval tower house, or belfry tower, to the right of frame dates from 1525 and is sometimes referred to as the White Castle. It was attached to the entrance of the Saint Mary's Church that was built in 1824. In front of the belfry tower is the abandoned remains of the ‘Lady's Chapel’. A Lady chapel or lady chapel is a traditional British term for a Christian chapel dedicated to ‘Our Lady’, the Blessed Virgin Mary. Inistioge, County Kilkenny, Ireland. Ireland Ruins The Balck Castle Ancient Architecture Building Building Exterior Built Structure Cemetery Cloud - Sky Europe Grave History Memorial No People Old Photography Religion Ruined Ruins Architecture Sky Stone Stone Material The Past Tombstone
Wallaman Falls is the largest single drop waterfall in Australia. Stony Creek flows off the escarpment falling 305m (1,001 ft) , with the main single drop tumbling 268 metres (879 ft) through a rainbow-fringed cloud of mist to a large pool. Girringun National Park, Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, Far North Queensland, Australia. Photo taken from a helicopter. Girringun National Park Wet Tropics World Heritage Area Aerial View Beauty In Nature Day Environment Far North Queensland Flowing Flowing Water High Angle View Land Landscape Motion Nature No People Non-urban Scene Outdoors Plant Power In Nature Rainforest Rock Tranquil Scene Wallaman Falls Water Waterfall
Winter is yet to come to Northern BC apparently. In contrast it’s forecast to be 38 deg C (100 F) this Friday at our property in the Wollombi Valley, Australia. Some letters home from another world. Wells, British Columbia, Canada. Frozen Frozen Lake Trees Winter Beauty In Nature Canada Cold Cold Temperature Day Environment Nature No People Non-urban Scene Northern British Columbia Outdoors Plant Scenics - Nature Sky Snow Snow Covered Snowcapped Mountain Tranquil Scene Tranquility White Color Winter
Wild back Black Caiman (Melanosuchus niger) hiding in the swamp, Pampas De Yacumo, Bolivia Alligator Bolivia Melanosuchus Niger Pampas De Yacumo Swamp Animal Animal Head  Animal Themes Animal Wildlife Animals In The Wild Black Caiman Caiman Crocodile Day Green Color Growth Leaf Nature No People One Animal Outdoors Plant Plant Part Reptile Water
Stormy morning over one of the 20th century's most distinctive buildings. The Sydney Opera House hosts well over 1,500 performances annually, attended by more than 1.2 million people. The shot is a slow exposure taken with a 10 stop ND filter to smooth out the stormy chop in the harbour. Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Blue Hour Harbour View Storm Stormy Weather Sydney Opera House Sydney Harbour  Sydney, Australia Architecture Bleak Blue Building Exterior Built Structure City Cloud - Sky Day Dusk Long Exposure Nature No People Outdoors Sky Travel Travel Destinations Water Waterfront
Prehistoric stone circle dating back apoxiamtly 3000 years or more sitting atop one of the numurous picturesque rolling green hills in County Kilkenny, Ireland. Green Ireland Ancient Ancient Civilization Ancient History Archaeology Architecture Cloud - Sky Environment Field Grass History Land Landscape No People Outdoors Rock Rock - Object Ruined Scenics - Nature Sky Solid Stone Circle The Past Tranquil Scene
Surreal predawn light fills the sky over the Watagan mountains. Mount Warrawolong, the highest peak in the Watagans at 641m, is capped with an orographic cloud. The Watagan Mountains are a wilderness area that forms part of the Great Dividing Range, located in the Hunter region of New South Wales, Australia. Mount Warrawolong NSW Australia Beauty In Nature Cloud - Sky Dramatic Sky Environment Idyllic Landscape Majestic Mountain Mountain Peak Mountain Range Nature No People Non-urban Scene Outdoors Predawn Scenics - Nature Sky Sunrise Sunset Surreal Tranquil Scene Tranquility Watagan Mountains
A view south over the moonlit oyster covered rocks and city lights in North West Bay at low tide. Stars, clouds and a touch of the Aurora Australis dancing in the background. Howden, Tasmania. Australia. Aurora Australis Howden, Tasmania North West Bay Astronomy Beauty In Nature Cloud - Sky Hobart Tasmania Idyllic Moonlight Nature Night No People Outdoors Oyster Covered Rocks Rock Rock - Object Scenics - Nature Sea Sky Solid Space Star - Space Tranquil Scene Tranquility Water
Some days nature just astounds you. Milford Sound, New Zealand. Milford Sound Nature New Zealand Scenery Animal Animal Themes Animal Wildlife Animals In The Wild Beauty In Nature Day Dolphin Flowing Water Lake Marine Motion Mountain Nature No People One Animal Outdoors Plant Scenics - Nature Tree Vertebrate Water Waterfront
Towering dolerite columns at Devils Gullet plunge into the Fisher River valley and the remote Tasmanian central plateau. The storm engulfing Clumner Bluff (1559m) was directly overhead a few minutes earlier with white out conditions and summer snow. The dolerite columns are over 220m high and form part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, on the northern rim of the Great Western Tiers. Tasmania, Australia. Devils Gullet Fisher River Valley Great Western Tiers Tasmanian Central Plateau Cloud - Sky Dolerite Columns Environment Formation High Idyllic Landscape Mountain Mountain Peak Mountain Range Nature No People Non-urban Scene Outdoors Remote Rock Rock - Object Rock Formation Scenics - Nature Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area Wilderness
Dry scrubland west of Cobar, NSW, Australia Outback NSW Arid Climate Arid Landscape Climate Clothing Crouching Day Desert Dry Environment Field Full Length Hat Land Landscape Lifestyles Nature Occupation One Person Outback Australia Outdoors Red Earth Scrubland Side View Sitting
“What does a person need - really need? A few pounds of food each day, heat and shelter, six feet to lie down in - and some form of working activity that will yield a sense of accomplishment. That's all - in the material sense. And we know it. But we are brainwashed by our economic system until we end up in a tomb beneath a pyramid of time payments, mortgages, preposterous gadgetry, playthings that divert our attention from the sheer idiocy of the charade. The years thunder by. The dreams of youth grow dim where they lie caked in dust on the shelves of patience. Before we know it, the tomb is sealed.” Sterling Hayden in 1963. I wonder what Sterling would think now given how idiotic the charade has become, and how amazing the gadgets are! Isolated in a sea of eerie stillness under endless Alaskan twilight, its hard not to contemplate such thoughts. At anchor on S/V BOB in Chapin Bay. South East Alaska. USA. Chapin Bay Stillness Alaska Beauty In Nature Cloud - Sky Fjord Idyllic Mored Mountain Nature No People Non-urban Scene Outdoors Reflection Sailing Scenics - Nature Silhouette Sky South East Alaska Still Symmetry Tranquility Tree Water Waterfront
A maze of colour and texture Changdeokgung Palace was the second royal villa built following the construction of Gyeongbukgung Palace in 1405. It was the principal palace for many kings of the Joseon Dynasty, and is the most well-preserved of the five remaining royal Joseon palaces. Construction began in 1405, and was completed in 1412. The palace was burned down by an angry mob in 1592 when the royal family fled their abode during the Japanese invasion of Korea. It was reconstructed in 1609 by King Seonjo and King Gwanghaegun however burnt back down in 1623 because of political Revolt by King Injo. The palace was also attacked by the Manchu Qing but throughout its history of reconstruction and repair has remained faithful to its original design. It was heavily damaged during the Japanese occupation of Korea (1910-1945) and, only about 30% of the pre-Japanese structures survive. Seoul, Korea Green Color Seoul, Korea Architectural Column Architecture Building Building Exterior Built Structure Changdeokgung Palace City Communication Day Door Entrance Façade Footpath History No People Old Old Buildings Outdoors Religion Text The Past Travel Destinations Wood Doors
Sunrise from within a cave at Caves Beach, New South Wales, Australia. Caves Beach NSW Beach Beauty In Nature Cave Cavern Caves Photography Cloud - Sky Horizon Over Water Idyllic Land Nature No People Ocean Orange Color Rock Rock - Object Scenics - Nature Sea Seascape Silhouette Sky Sunrise Sunset Tranquil Scene Water
Collecting Fodder by bullock and cart, Okara, Pakistan Bullock Bullock And Cart Old Fashioned Animal Wildlife Casual Clothing Day Domestic Domestic Animals Fodder Full Length Herbivorous Land Livestock Mammal Men Nature Old Ways One Person Outdoors Plant Real People Riding Standing Tree Vertebrate
Bonfire on a property at Laguna, north of Sydney, Australia Fireball NSW Australia Nightphotography Bonfire Burning Field Fire Fire - Natural Phenomenon Flame Forest Glowing Group Of People Heat - Temperature Land Lifestyles Men Motion Nature Night Orange Color Outdoors Plant Real People Tree Wollombi
Red-tailed black cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus banksii) on the banks of the Darling River. Also known as Banksian or Banks' black cockatoo the populations in southeastern Australia are threatened by deforestation and other habitat alterations. Paroo-Darling National Park, New South Wales, Australia. Darling River Outback NSW Paroo-Darling National Park Red-tailed Black Cockatoos Animal Animal Themes Animal Wildlife Animals In The Wild Beauty In Nature Bird Birds In Flight Day Flying Group Of Animals Lake Nature No People Outback Australia Outdoors Reflection River Spread Wings Vertebrate Water Waterfront
A Bennetts Wallaby (Macropus rufogriseus) with its thick winter coat in preparation for a snowy winter in Mount Field National Park which forms part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The predominately solitary and nocturnal creatures can occasionally gather together for food, water or shelter. The wallaby is sometimes known on the mainland as a Red-necked Wallaby however the Tasmanian form (Macropus rufogriseus rufogriseus) is predominately referred to as the Bennett's wallaby. It is much smaller and has dark thick long shaggy fur to deal with the harsher winters in contrast to the lighter thinner fur of its mainland relatives. Throughout nature it is common for island species to shrink in size relative to their continental cousins. Tasmania, Australia Bennetts Wallaby Hopping Animal Wildlife Animals In The Wild Day Focus On Foreground Full Length Jumping Macropus Rufogriseus Mammal Mount Field National Park Nature No People One Animal Outdoors Red-necked Wallaby Rock Rock - Object Solid Standing Tasmania, Australia Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area Tree Vertebrate Young Animal
Kayaking the waters of the Queen Charlotte Straight in the hope of seeing some Orcas. The shot was taken outside of Telegraph Cove on the east coast of Vancouver Island looking east towards the Coastal Mountains of mainland British Columbia, Canada Love Life, Love Photography Charlotte Straight Kayaking Telegraph Cove Adventure Beauty In Nature British Columbia Canada Cloud - Sky Group Of People Mode Of Transportation Mountain Mountain Range Nature Nautical Vessel Outdoors Real People Scenics - Nature Sky Snowcapped Mountain Sunset Tranquil Scene Transportation Vancouver Island Water Waterfront
A shot taken a week before Ness Lake froze of some Trumpeter Swans who were passing though on their annual migration. Interestingly these swans are actually flying 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 Swans Swiming Trees Winter Is Coming Animal Beauty In Nature Bird Birds Cabin Canada Cold Temperature Day Lake Lake View Nature No People Non-urban Scene Northern British Columbia Plant Scenics - Nature Swans On The Lake Tranquility Trumpeter Swans Water Waterfront
This shot is taken looking back towards Mount Harold (1,126 meters or 3,694 feet) from the Surprise Valley in King William region of the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park in Tasmania, Australia Love Life, Love Photography Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park Diabase Australia Panorama Alpine Landscape Beauty In Nature Cold Temperature Day Dolerite Landscape Low Angle View Mountain Mountain Range Nature No People Outdoors Physical Geography Scenics Sky Snow Snowcapped Mountain Tasmania Tranquil Scene Tranquility Winter
The Canadian Rockies locked in the grip of winter. Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada Alberta Canada Canadian Rockies  Frozen Winter Landscape Beauty In Nature Cold Temperature Day Forest Jasper National Park Landscape Low Clouds Under Mountain Mist Mountain Mountain Range Nature No People Outdoors Remote Scenics Sky Snow Snowcapped Mountain Tranquil Scene Tranquility Winter
Mountain Caribou lock antlers in a mock fight. Sadly I found out that two of these amazing animals were shot dead a few weeks after I took this shot from the same small herd in Northern BC. The situation has been described as dire for the Central Mountain Caribou population by the Federal Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC). Numbers of Central Mountain Caribou across Alberta and B.C declined by 60 per cent between 2004 and 2014 to just over 500 mature individuals in 11 herds. Its so sad that we are not that far from a future of having no Mountain Caribou anywhere in the rocky mountains. The mountain caribou have evolved to deal with deep snow-packs and a complex life high in the mountains and are physically quite different from their northern arctic cousins and European reindeer who roam the vast frozen plains. Makes you wonder how you can control poaching in places like Africa if you can’t even stop shooting of endangered animals in a highly educated first world country like Canada. Endangered  Reindeer Animal Themes Animal Wildlife Animals In The Wild Antler Buck Canada Caribou Cold Temperature Day Deer Forest Low Angle View Mammal Nature No People Northern British Columbia Outdoors Snow Snowing Stag Tree Two Animals Winter