Lake Louise

I avoid busy places on my days off, or I'm in early and leaving when the crowds move in. A few weeks ago I had found myself on the shores of the busy Lake Louise during one evening. I was sitting to the side, watching an Osprey flying along the shore when not perched top of the trees. Just a hundred meters from me a large group was singing away, lasted about half an hour. Two guys moved near me and one asked his phone why the lake's water was green. Four hikers stopped after hiking in the back of the lake, some took pictures while one stretched and sang few words. Others moved next to me to take their pictures with the lake behind them, they were amazed how beautiful the lake looked on their phones. I kept waiting, taking my camera out a couple of times when the combination or light and shadows were to my liking.

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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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Herbert Lake

So many times this summer it felt and looked as if rain was going to fall, the clouds moved on with not even a rain drop. For this picture I was at Herbert Lake, liking the clouds, got the camera out quickly. The water was calm, but for how long, you have to take advantage of the situation before the sky changes and before the wind picks up.

Herbert Lake

Peyto Lake

After watching a beautiful sunset at Peyto lake, I then decided to sit down among the rocks and watch the sky get darker and the stars make an appearance. Only sounds I could hear as the brighter stars were making their appearance, was of the vehicles when they would go over the rumble strips on the road in the distance, the water making its way down from Peyto Glacier and more then likely a pika moving among the rocks near me in the dark. I was still able to see some of the warm colours from the setting sun in the distance, in the clouds and in the fire smoke from the west. In the sky I could also see a glow, just a hint of  northern lights. Once my camera had taken the pictures I had planned, I packed up and and made my way to the car. Half way there, a small owl flew front of me. Nice way to end the trip. 

Peyto Lake

Peyto Lake

I started out taking picture at Bow Lake when i saw the sky changing toward Peyto Lake. Got into the car and headed in that direction, got there just in time. No one was there, set up the gear and started taking pictures of the sunset. Sometimes it's that easy.

Peyto Lake

Moraine Lake Area

After dinner I made my way to Moraine Lake area , with the hope of getting a sunset picture form the shore of the lake. But the wind changed that, the water was just not calm enough for a reflective water surface. I was about a km away as I was making my way to the lake, the scenery looked not too bad for a picture. So after reaching the lake I decided to head back to that location and that's where i got this picture from. 

Moraine Lake

Bow Lake

It's rare I'm out, away, hour from home at the end of the day. Standing next to the Bow Lake, waiting for the sun to set. Hoping the sky would lit up little and the water would go calm. I got little of both, giving me the picture.

Bow Lake

Sunset

 It's never just about the picture, I get out to enjoy nature and occasionally I come back with an interesting image. When I was out last month, I just wanted to get out and explore the trails, after the hike I was driving  by a small lake next to the road, noticed the water was calm and about half an hour away from a possible bright  sunset. So I found a place away from the road, sat down on a rock and took in the surroundings. I could hear few birds on the opposite side of the lake and near me  insects were busy on ground and on the water. Time quickly passed, when I noticed a little bit of red in the clouds. Few  minutes later the clouds were on fire. For about ten minutes I got to watch a beautiful sunset and take pictures along the way. A good ending to the day. 

Until next moment, 

Amar

Sunset

Floe Lake

There are lot of great places in the Rocky Mountains to see the beautiful larch trees in their golden fall colours. This year I visited the beautiful Floe Lake in Kootenay National Park. A few hour hike to the lake, on one side the towering limestone cliffs and on the other surrounded by the larch forest and at this time in their fall colours. Many hikes offer a reward at the end of the trip, in this case any of the elements that make up the landscape would be a great reward. Put the items together, there is no second.

Until next moment,

Amar 

Floe Lake

Herbert Lake

Daylight was coming to an end when I had arrived to the shores of Herbert Lake. The water calmed down and the sky and the land started to reflect off the water. The sky was crazy, filled with clouds, in the distance on the slopes of the mountains the golden yellow larches could be seen and as well the fall colours were present along the shores of the lake. The lake sits next to a road, I looked ahead at the beautiful view, forgetting the vehicles passing just meters from me.

Until next moment,

Amar

Herbert Lake

Upper Waterfowl Lake

I have spent my share of time on the either side of the Upper Waterfowl Lake, exploring the trails to Cirque and Chephren Lakes, as well walking up and down Mistaya River.  It's a beautiful area and there is always something to find and come across. I like to get out there before the sunrise, no sound from the road making its way to the lake, just the calls of the various waterfowls I have come across over the years.  And what better way to start the day then to watch the towering peaks front of me light up with the first light of the day. 

 

Until next moment, 
Amar

Upper Waterfowl Lake

Lake Louise

I like to add my black and white image of Lake Louise to the thousands that came  before it. Spring has spread through out the mountains,  I though I better get this winter image out before its was too late. I got there later part of a morning, people were skating, cross country skiing, ice climbing, hiking, snowman building, and most of all taking pictures. As soon as I arrived to the shores of the lake, I could see the picture I wanted and it was going to be in black and white. Yes, those are people in the picture, a rarity in my images. I tried to get them out of the picture, but as soon as I got one out, another would walk in. In the end  I decided to leave them in, after all some of my friends are people. 

Until next moment,

Amar

Lake Louise

Lake Minnewanka

Still lot of ice on and as well on the shores of Lake Minnewanka. I was out there few days ago taking pictures of the sunrise with big chunk of ice front of me. The way the large ice pieces were pilled on top of each other, they seem to be mirroring the mountains in the background.

Until next moment,

Amar

Lake Minnewanka

Hector Lake

It seem like a distance memory when it looked like winter wonderland in the Canadian Rockies, when everything was covered with snow. The attached picture was taken last month of the frozen Hector Lake in the distance. all covered with snow, surrounded by peaks and forest. Soon after the picture was taken, the temperatures went up, for the lows and the highs. Most of the snow has gone from the trees, the mountains are little more exposed and for the lake, it still has ice and snow but if this weather pattern continues, the water might be opening earlier than normal. Time will tell, for now I have the pictures to remind me what winter looked like at the start of this season. 

 


Until next moment, 

Amar

Hector Lake

Lake Minnewanka

I had a little hike walking along Lake Minnewanka's shore, came across broken up ice. After exploring it for a while I found a place to take a picture on a warm February afternoon. In this case it was the happy winter blues.

Until next moment,

Amar

Lake Minnewanka

Moraine Lake

Weather more then anything else plays a big role how a picture will turn out, and its more then just about the light. We all woke up to fallen snow, not only on the peaks but it also made its way to the ground.. As well the valley was filled with low clouds, photography was going to be a challenge but at the same time an opportunity to get interesting pictures. I had couple of places in mind, one of those was Moraine Lake, photos of which have been taken by photographers from around the world. The area has raw beauty second to none,  with fresh snow, low clouds and open water, it was hard not to get a good picture. Soon on my arrival, I knew the picture I wanted, afterwards  I watched others capturing their moments. 

Until next moment, 

Amar

Moraine Lake

Peyto Lake

For me its hard to sleep in, just wondering what I might be missing  gets me up and gets me outside. So it always feels better just to get out there,  and since I like taking pictures of everything that falls under nature, I rarely come home empty handed and always come back feeling better. It feels great just walking in the woods going to work and coming back from work,  let along when taking picture of Northern Lights during the night and then deciding to stay out there to catch the  sunrise at one of the most beautiful place in the world. That`s the effect of nature. 

Until next moment, 

Amar

Peyto Lake

Bow Lake

The morning started with a clear sky, but soon the clouds were moving in. The timing was on my side, the water of Bow Lake was still relatively calm as the clouds starting adding drama in the sky. I grabbed the picture I wanted and half an hour later overcast weather moved in.

Until next moment,

Amar

Northern Lights over Peyto Lake

It was a good thing I had the following day off, because the night was short the northern lights did not become visible until well after mid-night and few hours later dawn was on its way. But before that took place, many of us got to see a beautiful light show in the sky, thanks to the Northern lights. One of the brightest moment was seeing a very bright shooting  star, did not get a picture of it, but something my brain will never let me forget. Once I was finish shooting the lights, I though I get an hour of rest before getting pictures of the sunrise. I was too excited to get any rest, before I knew it I was looking for a different spot to take pictures of the sunrise around Peyto Lake. The sunrise was great as well, picture of that a  another time. 

Until next moment, 

Amar