Ice Bubbles

I can honestly say I have never gotten tired of nature photography, with so much to choose from, there is always something to take pictures of and each season brings different opportunities. But I also want to keep growing as a photographer. So over the winter I started to look for the smaller pictures I was passing by. It’s hard at first, but it has and will get easier trying to find a picture with just some rocks and ice and snow, or instead of the whole forest from a distance, getting close and having only just few trees in the picture, or a single one from a distance. 

A couple of days before warm weather arrived I was on a small patch of open ice on the Bow River. The section was roughly 3 meters by 6, the ice was full of cracks with various shapes of ice bubbles.  Again, where ever below the water organic material is breaking down, there is a good chance methane gas is bubbling up and during winter getting trapped. It was very relaxing hour spend looking down at the ice and coming up with what I thought would make a good abstract image. Knowing the ice was solid, I was relaxed and spent a good hour getting different compositions, attached is my favorite. Art by nature, photo my moi.

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Bow Valley

Just a couple of weeks ago the leaves belonging to Trembling Aspen and Balsam Poplar were starting to turn colour. Since then we had a few snow storms and several minus temperature nights, resulting in many of the leaves ending up on the ground.

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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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Northern Lights

Last week Wednesday night the bright Northern Lights covered much of the sky for a short period of time. As soon as I stepped outside, the lights were clearly visible in town, even with the Banff street lights. I decided that was the night I was going to take pictures of the Northern Light from town. Went to few location including next to the Bow River. The brightness from the town lights  made it difficult getting the reflection on the water of the lightsbut I was able to for some of the stars, including the  big dipper. It was a night losing some sleep over.

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Cascade to Rundle

When you live in the town of Banff and can't get away, beautiful sunrises are  not far away. I was in between things and decided to take a break and watch the sunset from the town. I was standing on the frozen Bow River trying to come up with a interesting composition, front of me the sky was on fire. So I decided to capture as much of the view as possible. Took several pictures from left to right and then created this panorama of a beautiful sunrise.  

 

Until next moment, 
Amar

Cascade to Rundle

Johnston Canyon

Johnston Canyon is one of the busier place in Banff NP, but being there early in the morning I had more for less the place to myself. I was out there to take pictures of the falls, here is the lower falls.

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Amar

Johnston Canyon

Mount Rundle

I spent very little time in 2015 taking pictures of the sunrises and sunsets from the Vermilion Lakes, 2016 is about making up that time. This pictures of a sunset from few days ago.

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Amar

Mount Rundle

Moon

It was a cold morning and I was waiting for the moon to just get into the position when it was just starting to go back of the Sawback Range. As I waited I was deciding how to compose the images, what to include and what not to. Then took I took the picture when the moon was in the position.

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Amar

Moon

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

Great Blue Heron

It was one of those fun morning, when you get up at 4am on your day off and be out before the sunrise looking for birds. By the time the light was in the sky, I had a Great Blue Heron to the right of me, various water fowls in front and warblers, sparrows and flycatchers behind me. I was being entertained by their calls and by their movements. With no bird blind, it helped I was out there along, after few minutes they all ignored me and they went about their morning business. After less then an hour I had several hundred images, I was in the zone. The hard part was deciding what picture to take first, birds in air, perched or in water. Kept taking all the possible images until the memory card felt heavy from all those bird pictures. 

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Amar

 

 

Ring-necked Duck

I do have lot of fun when I am taking pictures of birds. They come in so many shape and sizes and in so many colours. When I take their picture, I want to show their beauty and the wonderful surrounding they are found in.

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Amar

Morant's Curve

 

Spent way to much of November away from home, so its was great to be back exploring Banff National Park. In the last few days spent several hours moving all that snow that came down, so it was good to take pictures of it as well. This one was taken in the Lake Louise area, all the trees and mountains looked beautiful with the snow.

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Amar

Castle Mountain

With the light coming from a more southernly direction, the evening light really lights up Castle Mountain. I'll be spending more time taking pictures late in the day and hopefully more in the morning as well of castle.

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Amar

Bow Lake

The Bow Lake should be frozen over with the cold temperatures this week. But couple of weeks ago the water was still open. With the cold weather I had the whole area to myself as I explored the shores and took pictures. 

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Amar

Gray Wolf

I got to watch this wolf trying to hunt. It was going after a small heard of bighorn sheep, trying to isolate the weak one. It gave a good chase, but the luck was on the sheep side that day. Maybe the wolf tried again toward end of the day, when low light would give it a better chance.

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Amar

Ring-billed Gull

Gulls are good birds to practice taking picture of birds in flight. You can get close enough for you to isolate them from the background. In this case, this gull looked as if was going to fly into me, it turned way before that happened.

Until next moment,

Amar