Cascade Mountain

Each winter is different, it plays a role where, when and if I’ll get a certain picture. We received early snow in September and October, then there was a long pause before the next snow storm. It was slowly getting colder and my thought was there would be plenty of places to skate and for me places to take pictures on frozen lakes and rivers. But nature is never that easy to predict, the places I was hoping to take pictures at froze later than I hoped and were soon covered by snow. But for this location there was still an opportunity, I just had to wait. The winds coming around this bend of the river are strong, it was just a matter of time, as long as no large amount of snow fell. On my hikes I would check the area, on a recent visit I came across the methane ice bubbles I was waiting for. Much of the snow had blown off by the wind, except for few patches and the cross country ski tracks. For me it was enough for a picture, bubbles starting the pictures and the tracks taking the viewer’s eyes into the picture toward Cascade Mtn surrounded by clouds on a windy day.

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Cascade Mountain

I got this picture when it still felt like winter, the morning Sun was hitting the south side of Cascade Mtn.. Now I have to wait until next winter to get a similar picture as Earth changes it relationship toward the Sun. The Sun, the clouds and other weather factors play a big role determining what the picture I'll get and what it will look like. As so often said by photographers, you can never get the same picture twice. Even the mountain is changing, might be hard to see from a distance, unless something dramatic happens like it did in 2013 when large amounts of rain fell and at the same time heavy snow pack melted. Get close enough to Cascade Mtn or sit on top of it and listen to the sound of small rocks and sometimes larger rocks making their way down the mountain every now and then. Nature is dynamic, at smaller and at large scale.

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Cascade Mountain

When driving through the mountains I often comes across beautiful views from the road, I would tell myself I'll take that picture another time. I stop waiting for the next time and started taking those pictures as the opportunities come. I was returning on the Minnewanka Lake Road loop, Cascade Mtn and the surrounding looked great with the snow that fell the night before.

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Cascade Mountain

Many parts of the Bow Valley open water has been covered with ice and due to lack of snow, I have been busy looking for ice bubbles to take pictures of. Checking to make sure the ice was safe enough to stand on and to walk on. Any where organic matter was decomposing releasing methane gas, bubbles were to be found. I found many places, but only few gave me the pictures I wanted. 

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Cascade Mtn

During the falls the larch trees seem to get all the attention when it comes to fall colours in the mountains. There are other trees and shrubs that add to the colours during the fall, one of those are the trembling aspen trees. Normally aspen propagates through root sprouts, which can create a very large clonal colonies with a single root system. By mass a aspen colony is considered to be the largest organism on earth. Each colony is its own clone, all the trees in a clone will have similar characteristics, for example producing a wonderful bright tone of yellow at the same time with the occasional red colour showing up.

Cascade Mtn

Cascade Mountain

With nature you take what you get. I was expecting with the sun setting behind me to light up the top of Cascade Mountain. But nature had other plans, the low clouds behind me came into play. Blocking the light from hitting the peak but soon after the clouds above Cascade lit up. In the end I got my picture.

Until next moment,

Amar

Cascade Mountain

Cascade Mountain

During the short days of the winter, the south facing side of Cascade Mountain sees the first light every morning. Giving the peak a beautiful glow. With the peak's physical location to the town of Banff, most pictures of the mountain are taken from the town's roads. One of my favourite place to take pictures of Cascade is just west of the town. In this case around the Marsh Loop trail.

Until next moment,

Amar

Cascade Mountain

Cascade Mountain

It was very windy this morning, so I decided not to look for water for the reflection of the beautiful sunrise. Instead I stood over the frozen snow covered Bow River with ski tracks from the day before. For about ten minutes the sky lit up and I kept taking pictures until the fire went out.

Until next moment,

Amar

Cascade Mtn

Cascade Mountain

When your home is in a beautiful national park, you don't have far to see the beauty.  It had been snowing on the mountains and raining in the valley. I woke up to overcast weather and low clouds moving through the valley, soon with the rising sun things started to clear. I left home early, to make my way to work and having enough time in hand in case I needed to stop to take pictures. The sunlight was now lighting up the fall colours in the Central Park. Having my gear in the back-pack, within few minutes only few hundred meters from home,  I got  busy taking pictures. Home sweet home.

Until next moment,

Amar

Cascade Mountain

Cascade Mountain

Its always good to get back to landscape photography, that's where it all started for me many years ago.  Around the town of Banff there are two mountains that get most of the attention for landscape photography, Mount Rundle and Cascade. I have hundreds of pictures of Rundle but only in the tens for Cascade. In my effort to change that balance, I have been looking at different ways I can take pictures of Cascade. Cascade Mountain always looks better in winter, this one is during a sunrise

 

Until next moment, 

Amar

Cascade Mountain

Cascade Mountain

I was making my way home from work, getting closer to the bridge I needed to cross to get over the Bow River. The crossing was delayed, when I looked to my left, a picture was waiting to be taken. The beautiful mountain blue sky with scattered clouds, the colours of the fall, the fall light on Cascade Mountain and the calm water of the Bow River all playing a part to provide the beautiful view. 

Until next moment, 

Amar

Cascade Mountain