Fall

Once again, to continue with my fog phase I seem to be having is Crowfoot Mountain. The fog clouds slowly start to rise as the morning sun rises.

This little stream will run along to Bow Lake which sits at the base of Crowfoot Mountain. The lake is one of many that sit along the Icefields Parkway.


The Larches are an extremely popular sight in Alberta during the fall. For those of you who don’t know what a Larch is… don’t worry, I didn’t know myself until I moved to Calgary. They are conifers, like a spruce, a fur or a pine but this time of year, they turn a stunning yellow before their needles fall in preparation for winter. Most conifers are evergreen. They look absolutely stunning!

I had been meaning to get out to see them for the past couple of years but have not had the chance up until now. A bit of planning had gone it to finding a location where I wasn’t going to be stuck fighting the crowds. I wanted to try somewhere new too. There are a lot of photographers around this part of the country but I find they keep shooting the same places so I wanted to see and show you all something different.

ArnicaLakeTrail

This was the most ambitious shoot I have attempted but I was lucky enough to have Miss Maggie-May the boxer to keep me company. It was a 11.2 km round trip and I knew in order for me to get out there to be able to enjoy it for myself that I was going to have to get out there early. I left the house at 3:30am and got to the parking lot at around 5:30am. The sun was due to rise at 7:30am so I had to start along the trail in the dark with my headlamp. It was a nice downhill trek into the fog down to Vista Lake for the first 1 km but from there on it was nothing but up hill as I climbed back out of the clouds up over the ridge of Storm Mountain. I had never really hiked that far and it was absolutely grueling (for me, probably not anyone else). I got there at around 8:00am as the sun was just showing its face. I snapped a couple of shots then did some wandering around the lake, just mesmerized by the sheer cliff face of Storm Mountain over looking this amazingly beautiful setting.

Arnica Lake

The fog caught back up to me and was meandering up the mountain and flowed out over the lake. It was incredible to watch and I got a nice series of photos of it making its way. Luckily enough though, once it hit the lake, the sun managed to burn it off so I didn’t lose my stunning landscape.

Arnica Lake

The fog rolling on to the lake adds a nice soft tone to such a majestic location. I was in absolute awe all morning… So was Maggie-May, can’t you tell?!

arnica lake - dog

Hopefully you love these as much as I loved being out there and taking them. I have a few more I will post later as well as some more from my last little adventure to Peyto Lake.

Thanks

Nic


4:25am, Friday morning my alarm goes off. I turn over to Ash and tell her it’s time to get up. Let’s go to Moraine Lake for sunrise. This is my 4th or 5th attempt to wake up early and head out there but this time I was determined to make it happen. Every other time, I reached straight for the alarm and turned it off, this time I jumped straight out of bed and into the shower. I know that if I did that there was no turning back. I didn’t really hold any hopes for Ash coming though as she didn’t seem to happy when I woke her up. I was surprised to see her up and dressed once I was out of the shower. This is happening!

It was pitch black the whole way out to Lake Louise, not much traffic and a nice easy drive. Ash slept the whole way and Maggie May chilled out in the back. After a couple of hours of driving we finally got to Moraine Lake around 7:30am. The sun was slowly starting to wake up but it was still a little dark when we climbed the hill at the foot of the lake and I found a spot to set up.

We sat down and played with Maggie while waiting patiently for the sun to rise. It was absolutely beautiful out there, taking in the magnificent Valley of the Ten Peaks and the bright blue lake. As well as the sheer stillness and peace. There wouldn’t have been any more than 5 or 6 people out these in comparison to the thousands that are normally there and when we left the tourist buses started rolling in. We counted around 15 from the time we left the lake till we got to the main road.

I strongly recommend that everyone try their best to go out there for a sunrise if they get a chance. It truly is a magnificent sight to see and well worth the early start. We are lucky that the snow has been falling on the peaks as we came out here last month and there was not a single flake of snow on them. It is a different story now though with them really starting to get covered and the lake, as you can see above is starting to freeze over. It was fresh, but we came dressed for it. Truly an amazing day.

I hope you enjoy.