Bow River, Banff National Park

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Bow River, Banff National Park

There is nothing as beautiful as the mist rising like wildfire smoke over a river on a very chilly Canadian Rocky Mountain winter sunrise This morning was no different than any other on the slippery edge of the hoarfrost-crusted Bow River just west of Calgary, Alberta. ~ click on any image to enlarge ~ Bow River, Banff

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Abstract: Tresses of Pure Light

This is something very different from me, and vastly different from my normal style, but I have to give credit where credit is due. I’ve decided to call this piece “Tresses of Pure Light”. Amazingly talented professional photographer, consummate outdoorsman and longtime childhood friend since middle school/junior high Brian Merry (follow him here!) gets all the credit for this

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Reflections on Mount Rundle and Vermillion Lakes

So far as I continue to edit and prepare my landscape images from my recent trip to Banff National Park where I attended the HIGHLY recommended International Landscape Photographers’ Association Summit last month, this image on Mount Rundle is my favorite so far. ~ click image to enlarge ~ Mount Rundle and Vermillion Lakes This insanely colorful sunrise

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Moose Meadows and the Canadian Rockies in Winter!

If you ever feel the urge to stand between two incredible major North American mountain ranges in the Canadian Rockies in the most beautiful light in the middle of winter, this is the best spot: Moose Meadows in Banff National Park. This valley of the Bow River is home to healthy populations of elk, grizzlies,

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At First Light – Banff’s Cascade Mountain

Finally! My first image of Banff’s Cascade Mountain. Nearly three weeks after I attended the International Landscape Photographers’ Association Summit in Banff, Alberta last week, I’m finally getting a chance to start work on the images from my trip north of the border. If you haven’t heard of it, I highly recommend clicking on the highlighted link

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Saskatoons! One of the Best and Tastiest Wild Mountain Berries!

WARNING! ALL DELICIOUS, RIPE BERRIES WERE DEFINITELY HARMED AND EATEN AFTER PHOTOGRAPHING THESE IMAGES Saskatoons, also known as western serviceberries  are apple-like fruits (or “pomes” in botanical terms) that look very similar to salal berries and are one of my favorite foraged berries in the Pacific Northwest and Rocky Mountains. Distantly related to apples, they taste like

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Reverence and Wild Shrieking Animals

There is something so wondrous about the summer evening as it fades to dusk when the golden hour lights up the mountains in a warm serene bath of vibrant light and color, and watching the entire horizon transform itself as the light swiftly changes into cooler blues, pinks and violets as the shadows lengthen and as one’s

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Native Orchids of the Rocky Mountains – Western Rattlesnake Plantain

Last month I was in Alberta and Montana unsuccessfully trying to get grizzly bears on camera, but I did bring home some beautiful botanical images. Here are the first of them! ~ click on any image to enlarge or find location information ~ Western Rattlesnake Plantain Orchid (Goodyera oblongifolia) The western rattlesnake plantain orchid is

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Cameron Falls! An Incredible Waterfall and Geological Marvel!

Cameron Falls! Last week I made a sort of unplanned hop over the border into Alberta, Canada as I was spending part of my week photographing the landscapes and wilderness of the incredible Glacier National Park in Montana’s Rocky Mountains. Excessive crowds and inability to get close to the places I wanted to photograph due

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