Larch Trees

During the last few hikes I have been enjoying the fall colours of the larch trees, one of the few coniferous trees that change colour and lose their needles in the fall. To save nutrients for later, the plant turn colour in the fall as the days get shorter and the temperatures started cooling. The part in the needles that photosynthesize or another way to put it, create sugars from carbon dioxide, water and sunlight. Starts to break up and the chemicals get stored in the tree. At this time the needles become beautiful golden yellow. This fall with the added bonus of few early snowfalls in the mountains, the larch trees were sparking under the sun.

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93 North

Few weeks ago the fall colours started to appear. With the overcast weather and rain it has been a challenge getting pictures of the colours. That changed couple of days ago and more opportunities to come.

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Floe Lake

Around this time all hikes for me have  to do with fall colours, here in the mountains, it's all about the golden yellow colour of the larch tree needles. We had decided to head for Floe Lake in Kootenay National Park. The vegetation along the trail was showing their beautiful fall colours, we kept our fingers crossed that  the clouds we were seeing above the lake from our approach would move on. It was not meant to be, light rain was falling at  the lake, after locating shelter we put on layers and ate. Soon joined by another hiker, we sat and talked as her dog Mena took turns licking our faces as the rain fell around us. I decided I was not leaving before getting one good picture of the larch, the lake and the famous limestone rockwall, few minutes before we headed back to the trail head, I had the picture.

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Fall Colours

I have been busy taking picture of the fall colours, here are the colours produced by a trembling aspen leaves. I can never get enough of the colours, where ever I go I'm looking out for them. In this case I was hiking to a lake and when I spotted this small aspen tree with beautiful colours on the leaves. Took my camera to take few pictures and then I was on my way.

Until next moment,

Amar

Fall Colours

Aspen Leaves

Since last week I have been trying to take pictures of fall colours whenever I'm outside. There are three ways for me to do that. One, take pictures of subject surrounded by fall colours. Two, take a landscape picture with fall colours included and third, isolate few leaves showing their fall colours.

Until next moment,

Amar

Fall Colours

I have been busy or should I say I have been enjoying the fall colours. But the days are numbered, everyday there is less to see as we get closer and closer to winter. Here's a picture I got while visiting Jasper.

Until next moment,

Amar

Fall Colours

Have been able to sneak away from the crazy part of my life and be among the beautiful fall colours. It's a feast for the eyes and can't stop taking pictures of the leaves. Moving around them until I like the colour or colours in the background. Treating the leaves the same way as I treat the flowers when taking their pictures. Hoping to be out there again before the fall colours disappear for the year.

Until next moment,

Amar

Civilization and Nature

Every now and then I like to take pictures of civilization and nature together, especially when they work together to create interesting images. The Rocky Mountaineer was heading west through Morant's Curve, named after Nicholas Morant, made famous by the photos he took at this location. Mountaineer's two colourful car added to the image.

Another photo taken at the Admin. grounds. Robin ready to eat the fruit produced on the colourful Mountain Ash standing along the Banff National Park's Administration building.

Finally, this bench and the deck covered by the fallen leaves from the Balsam Popular tree. With the beautiful golden colour from the leaves brightly lit up by the sunlight, the image was meant to be taken. 

Until next moment,

Amar

 

Mount Ishbel and Colours

The last few weeks I have been taking pictures of the fall colours, for a short period each year the mountains explodes with burst of colour. I like to take pictures of leaves on their own, whether they are on trees or on shrubs. Isolating the leaves from the surroundings, making the leaves and their colours pop. Moving around the leaves to control the background colour.  Entertaining myself with different colour combination, keeping onlookers wondering what I'm up to. During early or late light of the day, I have been combining the fall colours with the mountains in the backgrounds. Fall colours, nature's own version of Indian festival of colours, Holi.

Until next moment,

Amar

Larch Valley

We seem to spend too much time thinking about what we don't have and less time about what we do have. Having grown up in Ontario, I often think about the beautiful fall colours created by the maple leaf trees in the east. But having spend a day in the Larch Valley with friends hiking, beautiful golden coloured Larch Trees surrounded by snow covered mountains. I was in the right place. As beauty is created by nature in the east, different but just as unique beauty is created by nature in the Rockies Mountians. 

Literally hundreds were out on the Larch Valley trail, taking in the fall colours on a sunny day in the Rockies. That with friends and chocolate, what else one can want on a great fall day.

Until next moment,

Amar

Morning of Sunshine

After spending the early morning taking pictures of 93 North in Banff National Park, I then found an area for place to take pictures of fall colours. It was a cool morning, temperature as low as minus three, leaves were falling off the trees under the sunlight. The warm light was also melting away the heavy frost that covered all that was around me. 

Temperature was starting to go up as I walked around small wetland created by Rampart Creek, quickly two coyotes ran by. Not able to get a clear picture, as they were on a quick move. Decided to post this out of focus picture, which seems to give a better sense the speed they were moving with.

Soon my eyes turned toward the birds that were coming into the area. Few Yellow rumped Warblers,  two White throated Sparrows and also sighted a Northern Harrier.

It was a fun morning, after resting and having a snack, took more pictures of the fall colours and made my way home.

until next moment,

Amar

Fall Colours

Fall sure is pushing its way through. The fall colours are in the mountains and few days ago I was on 93 North taking in the colours.Hope to be back before the colours pushed out by winter. Part of the time I was out there rain was coming down, but it created unique opportunities with mist clinging to the mountains. Along Bow Lake I was able to get close-ups with the sunlight reaching the ground.

Until next moment,

Amar