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Summer sunset at Peyto Lake. 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). Mountain Scenics - Nature Beauty In Nature Mountain Range Tranquil Scene Sky Tranquility Nature Cloud - Sky Idyllic Sunset Environment Water No People Landscape Mountain Peak Pine Tree Coniferous Tree Formation Snowcapped Mountain Peyto Lake The Fox Bow Summit Banff National Park  Canadian Rockies
Spahats Creek Falls make for an impressive sight as it plunges 73m (240ft) down to the canyon floor below. The canyon formed due to large volumes of glacial meltwaters pouring over the edge of the Clearwater Valley at the end of the last ice age 11,000 years ago. Spahats is an indigenous term for bear and the stream is also known as Bear Creek. Wells Gray Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada. Scenics - Nature Long Exposure Forest Waterfall Rock Nature Water Motion Rock - Object Flowing Water Day Non-urban Scene Beauty In Nature Mountain No People Outdoors Flowing Power In Nature Falling Water Formation Spahats Creek Falls Plunging Canyon Clearwater Valley Wells Gray Provincial Park
A baby Eastern Gray Kangaroo (Macropus giganteus) after a rainstorm in the Warrumbungle National Park, NSW, Australia Animal Wildlife Animals In The Wild One Animal Mammal Field Land Portrait Vertebrate Nature Plant Day Grass No People Standing Looking At Camera Selective Focus Outdoors Herbivorous Macropus Giganteus Eastern Gray Kangaroo Baby Australian Wildlife Wet Rain
A shot on a windblown Ness lake from two weeks ago. I think this has to be the coldest photo shoot I have ever done; it got down to -36C (-33F) and with wind-chill it was below -45C (-49F). The wind picked up significantly when I was out there and I had to abandon the shoot and snowshoe home at about 1 AM. Trudging back alone the wind seemed to be sandblasting my face, the 500m seemed to feel more like 2km, and quite disconcertingly my eyelids started freezing shut at the edges every time I blinked. A little too cold for this Australian. Let’s just say I was glad to get back to our warm house. Winter Cold Temperature Snow Tree Beauty In Nature Scenics - Nature Sky Tranquil Scene Nature No People Night Non-urban Scene Frozen Environment Idyllic Green Color Landscape Astronomy Coniferous Tree Purple Island Frozen Lake Ness Lake, Northern British Columbia, Canada Aurora Borealis Northern Lights
Little Hells Gate on the North Thomson River. Stopped by here on one of our crazy road trips this past autumn. Upper North Thompson Valley, British Columbia, Canada. Scenics - Nature Water Land Rock Beauty In Nature Long Exposure Forest Blurred Motion Motion Solid Waterfall No People Non-urban Scene Nature Tranquil Scene Flowing Water Outdoors Power In Nature Flowing Eroded Formation Little Hells Gate North Thomson River Trees Canyon
I have finally bitten the bullet and bought a Mavic 2 Pro Drone! Took this shot last weekend at sunset looking down over the ski village at Hudson Bay Mountain just outside of Smithers in Northern British Columbia, Canada. We have only a few months left in Canada and then will be moving on to the next phase of the endless adventure that is life. Winter Snow Cold Temperature Beauty In Nature Scenics - Nature Mountain Sky Sun Tranquility Sunset Tranquil Scene Nature Environment Sunlight Landscape Plant No People Mountain Range Outdoors Snowcapped Mountain Drone  Sun Star Aerial View Ski Resort  Hudson Bay Mountain
The mountains have a way of keeping you humble. A friend of mine taking some photos one ridge across. One for the big screen. Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada. Mountain Scenics - Nature Beauty In Nature Mountain Range Tranquil Scene Tranquility Sky Non-urban Scene Environment Landscape Idyllic Rock Sunset Nature Physical Geography No People Geology Solid Rock - Object Remote Outdoors Formation Mountain Peak Climate Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park
A shot I took in 2016 of the dolerite cliffs on the south end of the Guardian Massif (1394m, 4573 ft) that form an impressive escarpment about 1.5km long. The Guardians are in the Du Cane Range, Lake St Clair National Park, Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, Tasmania, Australia. Lake St Clair National Park Mountain Scenics - Nature Beauty In Nature Sky Cloud - Sky Environment Mountain Range Nature Non-urban Scene Tranquil Scene Tranquility Landscape Geology Rock Remote Idyllic Outdoors Power In Nature Mountain Peak Snowcapped Mountain Tasmania Wilderness Australian Landscape Guardian Massif Escarpment
Dawn reflection of Mount Assiniboine (3,618m or 11,870ft) over Magog Lake. I took this shot after spending most of the night up on Nub Peak and descending with head torches. Somehow still awake thanks to a delirious mix of caffeine and adrenalin. The landscapes around Mt Assiniboine have to be one of the most beautiful parts of the world I have shot in. Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada. Water Mountain Scenics - Nature Beauty In Nature Tranquil Scene Lake Tranquility Reflection Mountain Range Environment Nature Cold Temperature Sky No People Waterfront Winter Snowcapped Mountain Outdoors Mountain Peak Mount Assiniboine Magog Lake Dawn Of A New Day Glacier Sunrise Alpine Landscape
Dawn reflection of Mount Assiniboine (3,618m or 11,870ft) over Magog Lake. I took this shot after spending most of the night up on Nub Peak and descending with head torches. Somehow still awake thanks to a delirious mix of caffeine and adrenalin. The landscapes around Mt Assiniboine have to be one of the most beautiful parts of the world I have shot in. Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada. Water Mountain Scenics - Nature Beauty In Nature Tranquil Scene Lake Tranquility Reflection Mountain Range Environment Nature Cold Temperature Sky No People Waterfront Winter Snowcapped Mountain Outdoors Mountain Peak Mount Assiniboine Magog Lake Dawn Of A New Day Glacier Sunrise Alpine Landscape
‘The wind howls, but the mountain remains still’ Japanese proverb Taking a moment to pause and soak up the view. There is a certain sense of peace in wild places which is hard to obtain elsewhere. Spent some time on the Iceline trail this past summer. Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada. Mountain Sky Cloud - Sky Leisure Activity Beauty In Nature Adventure Nature Scenics - Nature Mountain Range One Person Hiking Activity Mountain Peak Standing Real People Tranquility Tranquil Scene Lifestyles Outdoors Formation Trekking Alpine Landscape Climbing A Mountain Ridgeline Stormy Weather
An American Marten (Martes americana), also known as a Pine Marten, in the snow on Hudson Bay Mountain near Smithers in Northern British Columbia. Martens normally eat small mammals such as squirrels and rodents. They are however related to the wolverine and capable of hunting much larger snowshoe hares and marmots. I was lucky enough to see this guy out of the corner of my eye while I was snowboarding. He ran down a tree well; so I boarded over, took my backpack off, got my camera out, changed out the wide angle lens for the 400mm, and waited. After sitting there quietly for a few minutes he then popped his head up again. Northern British Columbia, Canada. Snow Winter One Animal Animal Themes Cold Temperature Animal Looking At Camera Animal Wildlife Mammal Portrait No People Animals In The Wild Cute Nature Studio Shot Rodent Full Length Vertebrate White Color Small American Marten Pine Marten Martes Americana Hudson Bay Mountain Wildlife
Don’t you just love roads like this ? A double rainbow and summer rain storm on the road next to our camp in a remote upper stretch of the North Thomson River. I drove around these forestry roads for three days without seeing another person or vehicle. Nice to feel outnumbered by the bears ;-) . This is the same location that I took the shot of the ridge next to the Metis Peak massifs (nine shots ago in my feed). British Columbia, Canada Beauty In Nature Rainbow Plant Tree Scenics - Nature No People Nature Tranquil Scene Double Rainbow Tranquility Sky Multi Colored Non-urban Scene Idyllic Environment Land Direction Landscape The Way Forward Outdoors Road Dirt Road Adventre Northern British Columbia Remote
Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park back when things were a little bit warmer. Built in 1927 it was one of the largest fountains in the world at the time and was inspired by the Latona Fountain at the Palace of Versailles. Chicago, Illinois, USA. Building Exterior Architecture Built Structure Illuminated City Sky Water Office Building Exterior Building Night Nature Skyscraper Reflection Urban Skyline City Life No People Tall - High Landscape Cityscape Outdoors Modern Chicago Chicago Architecture Fountain Buckingham Fountain
“Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable” Mary Oliver Spent most of the night just below Nub Peak (2,755 m or 9,039 ft) to get this shot. I like the perspective higher up as Mount Assiniboine (3,618m or 11,870ft) rightfully towers over Sunburst Peak (2,849 m or 9,347 ft) in the foreground which you don’t appreciate at the nublet far below. Was a wee bit chilly up there at night. However between a warm dinner and our portable espresso machine, which we lugged up there, we were warm and awake. Lucky to have a particularly large Mars thanks to its close 2018 approach and managed to line it up nicely with the top of Assiniboine. Made for an interesting decent with our head torches but we eventually made it back down to the tent just ahead of dawn, for a brief rest before getting up somewhat deliriously to shoot the sunrise at Magog Lake. Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada. Astronomy Space Sky Night Star - Space Mountain Galaxy Tranquil Scene Tranquility Mountain Range Nature No People Star Non-urban Scene Landscape Milky Way Idyllic Star Field Outdoors Snowcapped Mountain Mountain Peak Mount Assiniboine Sunburst Peak Magog Lake Mars
Angel Glacier on the north face of Mount Edith Cavell . Originally named due to its distinctive appearance in the form of an angel it is melting rapidly and no longer connected to the lake below. It will eventually disappear completely from the face of Mount Edith Cavell. Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada. Mountain Rock Nature Glacier Rock - Object Scenics - Nature Environment Landscape Beauty In Nature No People Ice Outdoors Solid Cold Temperature Formation Geology Day Mountain Range Remote Eroded Purity Global Warming Mount Edith Cavell Angel Glacier Ice
Angel Glacier on the north face of Mount Edith Cavell . Originally named due to its distinctive appearance in the form of an angel it is melting rapidly and no longer connected to the lake below. It will eventually disappear completely from the face of Mount Edith Cavel. Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada. Glacier Environment Ice Blue Cold Temperature Nature Rock No People Outdoors Landscape Solid Winter Day Scenics - Nature Beauty In Nature Rock - Object Textured  Mountain Climate Change Layered Eroded Mount Edith Cavell Angel Glacier Melting Global Warming
We were fortunate enough to see a few of the last remaining grey ghosts while hiking up in the Tonquin valley. This Mountain Caribou bull had a fresh set of antlers still bright from the recent removal of their velvet covering. It seems increasingly likely that unless the populations stabilise in the next couple of years, we will see the Mountain Caribou disappear from the Canadian Rockies in a similar way to its disappearance in the lower 48 states of the US. Classified as endangered in Canada, 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. The Tonquin herd was counted at 30-40 animals in 2016; down from approximately 110 in 2006. Small populations are particularly vulnerable to stochastic events, which has led to several assessments of the Tonquin caribou range as non-self-sustaining. The Tonquin herd is the largest in Southern Japser, the other two herds, Maligne and Brazeau, have both collapsed down to fragments of their former numbers and are considered functionally extinct. The Maligne herd has dropped from over 100 animals down to just 3 in the same period of time. A complex issue with no easy solutions. Animal Themes Animal Animal Wildlife Animals In The Wild Mammal Antler Field Plant Vertebrate Deer No People Nature Day Land Horned Grass Male Animal Outdoors Herbivorous Tonquin Valley Mountain Caribou Endangered Species Central Mountain Caribou Northern Caribou Ecotype Rangifer Tarandus
Some bald eagles (haliaeetus leucocephalus) building their nest as winter sets in. They were setting this nest up near Medicine Lake in Jasper National Park which is an area where it regularly gets to -35C (-31 F) in the winter. Hard to imagine anything nesting that high up in the Canadian Rockies. Love Life, Love Photography Bird Animals In The Wild Animal Themes Animal Vertebrate Animal Wildlife Flying One Animal Bird Of Prey No People Nature Day Spread Wings Animal Nest Focus On Foreground Eagle - Bird Eagle Tree Bald Eagle Plant Outdoors Bald Eagle In Flight Nesting Birds Haliaeetus Leucocephalus Wildlife & Nature
The waterfall near the first bridge at Maligne Canyon just before winter set in. It was actually lightly snowing when I took this shot which helped to reduce the dynamic range and allow this to be taken as a single image. The snow was rendered invisible as it’s a 20 second exposure at f/16. It is a very deep canyon and I wanted to get a large depth of field with the f/16 without having to spend all day focus stacking. It is much deeper than it looks; if you scroll right back in my feed I have some shots of people ice climbing on this waterfall from the previous winter which provide a sense of scale. Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada Rock Waterfall Rock - Object Scenics - Nature Water Motion Solid Long Exposure Beauty In Nature Blurred Motion Flowing Water Rock Formation Land Nature Environment Tree Non-urban Scene Power Flowing Power In Nature No People Outdoors Stream - Flowing Water Canyon Maligne Canyon, Jasper National Park, Canada
Looking across Outpost Lake in the Tonquin Valley. We stayed a night at Wates-Gibson Hut in the torrential rain so 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 that morning ; 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. Love Life, Love Photography Tonquin Valley Beauty In Nature Sky Scenics - Nature Mountain Sunset Tranquil Scene Cloud - Sky Tranquility Plant Cold Temperature Mountain Range Nature Environment Non-urban Scene Snow Idyllic No People Snowcapped Mountain Pine Tree Mountain Peak Coniferous Tree Lake View Jasper Alberta Canada Layers And Textures
Sunrise from a couple of mornings ago over the island with a freezing fog at Ness Lake. I was frustrated at these clouds from blocking the aurora the night before but they did somewhat redeem themselves the next morning. Ness Lake, British Columbia, Canada Life, Love Photography Frozen Lake Sunset Scenics - Nature Beauty In Nature Sky Tree Orange Color Tranquil Scene Tranquility Cloud - Sky Plant Idyllic Silhouette Nature No People Fog Environment Forest Outdoors Ness Lake, Northern British Columbia, Canada Sunrise Clouds And Sky Island Winter Misty Morning
A stormy sunset up in a remote stretch of the North Thomson River. Summer seems such a long time ago now as we are in the grip of winter. We have not had any super cold (sub -30oC/-22oF) yet this season, although it did dip briefly down to -22oC (-7.6oF ) this past week. I took this shot while solo camping up along the North Thomson River last summer when the rest of the family was down in the US visiting some relativities. Sometimes you just need to get away from everything; or at least I do. To me isolation, both physical and mental, provokes a much deeper level of thought. Clearing out the noise creates room for creativity. Political systems dominated by candidates who can speak the loudest tend to favour school and social systems that encourage extrovertism, this is despite the evidence that this does not necessarily make the best leaders and decision makers. Quiet reflective thought seems to be a lost art from a bygone era. It does not have to be this way; check out some of the work by Susan Cain about the Quiet Revolution. Despite being taken from the upper stretches of the North Thomson River, the peak in the photo actually lies in the North Eastern Section of Wells Gray Provincial Park. It sits at 2480m (8140ft) high and seems to be unnamed despite its obvious prominence lying between the Ojibwa NE4 and Metis Peak massifs. British Columbia, Canada Love Life, Love Photography Mountain Sky Cloud - Sky Scenics - Nature Beauty In Nature Tree Tranquil Scene Tranquility Plant Nature Non-urban Scene Mountain Peak Mountain Range Environment No People Landscape Idyllic Winter Snow Outdoors Snowcapped Mountain Formation Coniferous Tree British Columbia, Canada Wells Gray Provincial Park.
Love him or hate him; Trump is certainly impossible to avoid. This shot is looking down over the Chicago, "L" which is the second-oldest rapid transit system in the Americas dating back to 1892. The “L” is derived from the elevated nature of the system above the streets which make it such a distinctive part of the city. Taken with a 150mm focal length to get some perspective compression. Built Structure Architecture Building Exterior Track City Rail Transportation Railroad Track Transportation Building Mode Of Transportation Public Transportation Day City Life High Angle View on the move Travel Train Street Car Office Building Exterior Outdoors Skyscraper Trump Chicago Architecture Chicago, L
Anyone that knows me knows how much I love both storms and mountains. So when the two come together it is hard for me not to get excited! This shot is looking across at a stormy Mt Tekarra (2694 m or 8838 ft ) in Jasper National Park. Mountain Scenics - Nature Cloud - Sky Sky Environment Snow Beauty In Nature Non-urban Scene Winter Tranquil Scene Landscape No People Tranquility Cold Temperature Nature Day Mountain Range Geology Snowcapped Mountain Outdoors Mountain Peak Formation Storm Cloud Stormy Weather Jasper National Park
Powder day in the Canadian Rockies. We had crazy amounts of snow on this trip with the peak of the snowstorm culminating in Lake Louise getting 71cm (2.3 feet) of snow in 24 hours creating epic champagne powder conditions for snowboarding. The snowstorm did however close the roads heading both North and West and result in our 8 hour drive home turning into 15 hours. Lake Louise, Banff National Park. Snow Winter Cold Temperature White Color Nature Beauty In Nature Day No People Tree Plant Land Frozen Motion Environment Outdoors Covering Snowing Field Tranquility Blizzard Powder Snow Powder Hound Snowboarding Skiing Powder Day
Helmcken Falls at the end of summer. The falls are home to the world’s hardest ice climbs, which ascend up the overhanging spray ice in the cavern behind the waterfall in winter. The Murtle River plunges down a spectacular 141 m (or 463 ft) in a single drop. To put this in some perspective this is nearly three times as high as Niagara Falls with the winter 'ice cone' that grows around the base of the waterfall reaching similar heights to Niagara itself (51m or 165ft). In an example of how recently the colonial exploration of a lot of British Columbia was undertaken, the waterfall was not known to exist outside of the indigenous communities until it was discovered during a land survey by Robert Henry Lee in 1913. The Murtle river drops over the western escarpment of the Murtle Pleatu which was formed from lava deposited as part of the Wells Gray-Clearwater volcanic field 200,000 years ago. The falls themselves however did not form until the wide scale erosion and flooding that occurred in Canada after the massive glacial melting period at the end of the last ice age a mere 10,000 years ago. Wells Gray Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada. Scenics - Nature Tree Waterfall Beauty In Nature Long Exposure Water Plant Motion Blurred Motion Forest Non-urban Scene Flowing Water Nature Land Environment Power Travel Destinations Power In Nature Rock No People Outdoors Flowing Formation British Columbia, Canada
Autumn Days. Looking up at some cottonwood trees in the Forests for the World park in Prince George. Northern British Columbia, Canada Tree Autumn Yellow Change Plant Beauty In Nature Nature Low Angle View Day Leaf Plant Part Growth Branch No People Tranquility Scenics - Nature Sky Land Outdoors Orange Color Autumn Collection Natural Condition Tree Canopy  Fall Prince George Bc
Throwback to summer dandelions and bears. Taken in 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 Love Life, Love Photography Animal Animal Themes Animal Wildlife Mammal Animals In The Wild One Animal Bear Nature Plant No People Grass Vertebrate Land Day Outdoors Survival Field Hunting Non-urban Scene Profile View Aggression  Dandelions Nisga’a Memorial Lava Bed Park Northern British Columbia, Canada
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