landscape photography

May 1st in Canada was Victoria Day this year. After a fairly mild winter, I was excited to be able to get out and go for a hike out in the mountains. Being the romantic I am, I figured what better way to celebrate the holiday than to head out to Victoria Glacier on Victoria Day. The icing on the cake is that my home state in Australia is Victoria. It’s enough Victoria to make you sick!

I decided I wanted an early start and so I camped out in the back of the Jeep the night before out in the carpark so I could beat the crowds. I love sleeping in the back of that thing. I usually have something to eat, do a bit of reading, listen to some music and have a beer or two. I took full advantage of being out there too by taking a few photos of Lake Louise in the middle of the night that you can see here.

Being spring time, the majority of the lake was still frozen but that didn’t stop taking a few snaps. Check out the mountains in the distance, the one in the centre that you can see is Mt. Lefroy. That is roughly where I would eventually hike to, just over 7 kms in the distance. The final distance return, being just over 14kms. My longest hike yet and one that left me a little sore but was totally worth it!

Lake Louise, winter

The walk around Lake Louise is a pleasant one, especially at that time of day. The lake can be so busy and crowded with tourists, climbers and hikers that it really was magical to walk around with barely anyone else there. The air was crisp and it looked like I was going to get in a really beautiful day. Below you can see the view from the other side of the lake, next to where the glacier meltwater runs into the lake. From that point, I did not see another person until on my way back hours later!

Lake Louise

It wasn’t too bad of a hike, well for someone in the physical condition that I am in, it certainly gave the lungs the a bit of a workout but for any regular hiker, I would imagine it to be a piece of cake. The views along the way were spectacular. I loved the entrance way into the thick forest below. Slowly making my way towards the glacier it was a cool little part of the hike that I couldn’t help but take a photo of.

Trail, Secret Passage

Once I got through the trees, I could see the start of the lower glacier. It was an awesome site, with huge moraines on either side of the valley where the once mighty glacier would have carved its way through the mountains. Th walk along the ridge line was tight with them towering a few hundred feet above the glacier below as you can see but it really was exhilarating! Mount Lefroy which was once in the distance was now drawing ever closer and for the first time, I could see these mountains are actually different to how they look from the shores of Lake Louise. The whole time as I walked along the ridge line, I was imagining just how mighty this glacier once was to leave such scars behind.

Moraine Ridge Walk

It was cool to look back on how far I had hiked. In the distance, I could see a frozen Lake Louise and the huge chateau now just a tiny little object in the distance.

Lake Louise

Nearly there! Mount Lefroy to my left with the lower glacier covered in snow below and Upper Victoria Glacier straight ahead. Such an epic view!

Victoria Glacier

The Death Trap and Abbot Pass pass separate Mount Lefroy and Mount Victoria with the Upper Glacier sitting on top. Would you believe me if I told you there is actually a hut that sits between the two mountains? Maybe another time I will have to try make my way out there…

Plain of Six Glaciers

I took this last photo on my hike back. If you look closely, you can see people just beginning to walk along the ridge line on the moraine. I thought it was a perfect way to show the sheer size of these mountains. A majority of the photos I feel just don’t show the pure magnitude of the mountains but those tiny little people illustrate it perfectly!

Victoria Glacier Perspective

I am happy I got to go on this hike at the time of year I went. It was absolutely magical! Although in some spots, as you can see above there was some walking through snow but the majority of the hike was fairly well compacted which didn’t make it too difficult to walk through. It was only the last 1.5kms where I could tell only a couple of people had trekked to get to the final lookout where I found myself waist deep in snow. Not great after hiking a couple of hours but some very well needed exercise for this guy!

Looking forward to the next adventure!

Nic

 


I really love the beauty within the desert.

 

These cactus’ were stunning! With their bright red flowers at the tip of each towering ‘arm’. This Ocotillo was roughly 12 feet tall. It just so happened that we traveled through Joshua Tree NP at the right time as these only flower for a month or so each year.

This is one of my favourites from our road trip.

 


It has been a while since I have added some new photos to my website. I have been taking photos, don’t worry about that, I have just been so busy these past couple of months. So much going on! I have been keeping fairly up to date on my Instagram account though so feel free to check it out and follow along.

For the last 3 years, Ash and I have been going down to California for Coachella every April. This year, we thought we would get down there a day earlier and camp overnight at Joshua Tree National Park which is only an hour or so from Palm Springs. It was such a great decision and I am so happy we did it. It is an incredible area to explore.

These photographs are from Arch Rock. It is a really cool spot off the main road around the White Tank Campground. There are huge rocks and boulders littered all over the place, each in its own unique size and shape. We were like two little kids jumping from boulder to boulder, walking through little slot canyons and climbing amongst them all.

Just to give perspective at how big Arch Rock really is, I thought I would post a photo below with Ash standing by. The top photo is from sunrise while the photo with Ash is the afternoon before.

Arch rock

 

More to come.

Nic


One thing that I have always loved since being a kid, was exploring. Living just a 5 minute walk down a hill from my parents house along the fence-line of a golf course and down to what we called ‘the creek’ (it was in fact the Lerderderg River, in Bacchus Marsh), I would make my way through all the overgrown bushes and tall gum trees and follow the trails, swim in the pools, look for frogs and tadpoles and build tree houses and forts.

A big part of that little kid inside me comes alive when I head into the mountains. I love all the big attractions along the highway but I really finding new places, a little further away from the main roads.

This photo is from the old coal mining ghost town in Banff National Park called Bankhead. During the summer months when the Lake Minnewanka Scenic Drive circuit is open, its extremely easy to get to there is even a car park right there. During winter though, it is about a 2km walk along the ice/snow covered road, used as a wildlife corridor (from November to April) to get to the site of the former town.

What drew me to this spot was it being a new and unique view of Mt. Rundle. I hadn’t seen too many photos of this place in the winter either so I thought it would be a great spot to check out.

I arrived just before the sun started disappearing behind the surrounding peaks and stayed a few hours until the stars really came out and shone so brightly. I think it would be a great spot to come to out to at night during the summer months when the Milky Way is at its best.

Above is a shot as the sun is setting and the photo below is as the stars began to show. The subject in the foreground is a fireless compressed air locomotive used to bring the coal out of the mines.

Mt Rundle


A couple of weeks back I posted a picture of Upper Troll Falls. A frozen water fall that I hiked out to for the first time. I had previously been out to see Troll Falls in the summer but that was as far as I went. Check out the link to see the difference a season makes. Its a complete other world.

After shooting at Upper Troll Falls I stopped off at Troll Falls on the way to set up a couple of spot lights behind waterfall and take a few shots. There were huge icicles that ran from the top of the canyon all the way to the bottom next to the actual frozen waterfall. You could hear the water rushing inside the ice, its a daunting figure to look at, especially at night with it lit up.

I got some great locations mapped out that I want to check out in the upcoming weeks. Come back and check them out. In the meantime, there is also my Instagram account that I upload to frequently from my phone.

Nic


Just got back from a week down in Tulum, Mexico. First time for me and certainly not the last. I only really got one chance to get out with my camera but it certainly was a show at sunset.

Back to the snow in Calgary which fell as we were away.

Nic


A pine grows on a rock out on Arnica Lake in Banff National Park. It was quite interesting to see it growing like that. Truly remarkable.

I am not entirely sure what type of pine it is but if you know, feel free to let me know in the comments below.

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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.


Here’s a shot of Mount Rundle, one of the more magical looking mountains in Banff National Park. This was taken at Vermilion Lakes just out of the village of Banff.

There are literally millions of photos that you can find of this mountain online, even from this exact spot but it just never gets tiring to look at and even driving through here on Highway 1, I find myself watching it the whole way past. This time I was driving back from another shoot and noticed the reflections in the lake as I was driving past. Even though this was the middle of the day, I just couldn’t resist.

Hope you enjoy.

Nic


It has just occurred to me that I seem to have an obsession with clouds, fog and lakes… Here’s another one of Peyto Lake and Mistaya Valley. With the sun rising, the clouds retreat north up and along the valley.

Such a magical morning.

Nic


Sitting, waiting patiently for the sun to rise and the clouds to disappear… What lays hidden beneath? You will just have to come stop by again to see for yourself.

 

Life is good!

 

Nic


The magical thing about Calgary is by far the sunsets! They are absolutely stunning as the sun set sets over the Rocky Mountains.

The photo above though is looking east. Sometimes it pays to step away from what you initially set out to capture and take a second to stop and look around. I just love that big fluffy cumulus cloud peeking over the powerlines on the valley ledge.

Below – Looking west, Calgary.

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Racetrack Playa, Death Valley National Park in California. I flew 3 hours in a plane to Las Vegas, and then drove another 5 hours through the desert just to get there, sleep in a car, see some stones on a dried lake bed and then turn around the next morning to get back home… That’s over 14 hours of travel for a 12 hour stay. Crazy?

This remote, dried up, ancient lake bed sits 3,700 feet above sea level and is so damn flat. Towards the middle of the lake bed sits what would be an island, named ‘The Grandstand’. A stack of tall, jagged rocks that stick up and stand out in contrast to the bright surface of the dried up lake. It gets windy out there, I can attest to that, it was absolutely howling the whole time I was there but it has been known to get up to 150 kilometers per hour!

Sailing Stones, Racetrack Playa

That picture above, that is exactly what I came for. They call them Sailing Stones, rocks that mysteriously move along the lake bed. I’m not talking about little pebbles that skip in the breeze, these rocks or ‘stones’ can range from anywhere between 25-30lbs right up to 700 pounds! You will notice in the photos, the trails or ‘racetracks’ (which gave the valley its name) out the back of the stones. It has been said that the stones only move once every two or three years and most tracks last for three or four years. If it wasn’t for these marks in the mud, we wouldn’t even know they were moving.

Sailing Stones, Racetrack Playa

Since discovered in 1915, no-one has actually seen them move and so all we can do is speculate. The most likely theory is that with the playa surface being made up of very fine clay sediments, it becomes extremely slick when wet. When you put together the information I mentioned earlier about it being quite high in elevation, mixed in with the strong winds surging through, you can imagine that this would be the most likely scenario.

So as you can see, it really a fascinating phenomenon. I will leave you with one last shot I took with the stones off on their trail heading towards the Milky Way… Being so remote, the stars were absolutely incredible out there!

Sailing Stones under the Milky Way, racetrack Playa

I absolutely loved it out there. I got to see something that I have admired and marvelled about for quite a while and I would definitely recommend everyone to try get out there if they can. It is such a great feeling to be out in such a remote part of the world and knowing you are the only person there. Truly amazing.

Nic


Last Friday, I was fortunate enough to receive notice that my new working visa had been approved. My previous visa had expired at the end of April and so I had been eagerly awaiting this new one to come through. The timing couldn’t have come much better. It was the end of the week and so I was able to sneak away for a weekend and make the most of having to leave the country.

I had been doing some research the past few months on a place called Racetrack Playa, a remote area in Death Valley in California and after checking flight loads and times, I decided this would be my destination. I flew into Vegas on the Saturday and rented myself a 4WD as I knew I was up for some long, rugged driving but I knew what I was getting myself in to so I just enjoyed being out on the road, busted out to some tunes and was looking forward to getting out to my final destination. The image below will give you a bit of an idea of the territory I covered…

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The drive was amazing. It was as if I was driving through Mars. The mountains out there are dry and desolate and were always there on each side of the highway. The elevation was quite interesting too along the way. About halfway there at Furnace Creek I was driving through the lowest point of the country which was 200 feet below sea level. On the flip side as I was moving closer to the Playa the was sitting over 5,500 feet ABOVE sea level. Saying that though, I wasn’t scaling or driving over any mountains, the road just kept slowly ascending and descending without it being too noticeable.

After travelling for about 3 hours, I came to my turnoff off the highway and on to the back roads. As I said, I had done a bit of research and knew I would have to do a bit of driving on gravel roads but to my surprise, the roads were paved… That lasted only a few minutes though and I found myself driving through some pretty rough gravel roads before too long.

Death Valley

It was a long drive and due to the condition of the road, I didn’t find myself driving much faster than 20 mph. I passed a couple of cars coming back the other way but I loved the thought that I could possibly be out there all by myself. I had planned on sleeping out there in my car so I did secretly hope no one else would be out there and I was fortunate enough to have that come true. It was just me and my camera in the middle of absolute no-where.

A view of the road ahead of me…

Death Valley

I kept driving along and just when I thought it had to be around the next corner, the road just keep weaving through the mountains and valleys. There were certain areas with nothing but sand, there were others with small shrubs and cactus’ and then an area in a valley that was just full of Yuccas or Joshua Trees. It was always changing and some of the plants, cactus’ and flowers truly were beautiful to look at. Finally after driving for some time through the back roads, a sign caught my eye…

Teakettle Junction

Teakettle Junction! On that sign I saw something that made me a very relieved man… No, I wasn’t thirst and in need of some tea but now knowing that Racetrack Playa was 6 miles away was extremely good to know. Weaving through those roads, it was still a fair way off but at least I now knew for sure I was on the right path and knew how far I had left to go. It made me a little at ease too as the sun was preparing to set behind the mountains and I knew I would now at least get to my destination in light so I can scope it out a bit, find some locations to shoot at night and pick a spot to park the car and camp out.

Finally, there it was. I was confident that was it in the distance and I was right!

Racetrack Playa, Death Valley

As I was approaching Racetrack Playa, a dust storm was coming in behind me. I was hoping it wouldn’t be coming in my direction and that it was going in the opposite direction but I wasn’t so lucky. It hit just as I got to the Playa but having been through 2 dust storms in Palm Springs both times I had been there I knew at least what I was in for. Saying that though, the wind was incredibly strong and it was coming in quite thick. I just hoped it wasn’t going to settle in all night and the next morning.

The photo below is the dried lake bed of Racetrack Playa with the dust clearly visible in the background. The reason I came all the way out here was to see the Sailing Stones which I will talk more about in my next post but these stones move along the lake bed most likely due to being pushed by the wind… Having a dust storm and 80-100km/h wind push through shouldn’t have been too much of a surprise.

Racetrack Playa - Death Valley

I will leave it at this for the moment but I will be post more pictures in the next couple of days of the Sailing Stones and also some amazing pictures I am extremely happy with of the Milky Way I was able to get in the middle of the night once all the dust had started to clear away.

Thanks for following my adventures, I am very excited to bring you the rest of the photos.

See you all soon.

Nic


This image is from a couple of weekends ago when I stayed out in the mountains. The conditions were too treacherous at Bow Lake but as I drove along Highway 1 back towards Calgary I came across this spot. I pulled over and spent most of the time just enjoying being back amongst the fresh mountain air. To my surprise, out of no-where, a couple of Moose started walking towards the river. I had seen a Moose once but it was absolutely incredible to see them come out to the river and take a drink. These are the moments I have really enjoyed whilst exploring out on my own. It is cool to think that I am the only person who saw that, it really makes it special.

It has been a crazy few weeks and I have so many images to process and play around with including some from Australia too. I will eventually get to them though I am sure.

Thanks for stopping by.

Nic


I went out late last night around midnight in search of the Milky Way. It was a clear night in Calgary but as I got further west into the mountains the weather started turning. It was late and I was tired so I decided to keep going and head up to Bow Lake, camp out for the night and get up for sunrise in the morning.

I woke up in the morning to snow… a lot of snow! and it was coming down hard! I got my things together, headed out on to the lake and patiently waited for the sun to rise and the clouds to clear. Unfortunately that didn’t happen and the snow came down harder and harder.

This is the pick of bunch from this morning at Bow Lake… Let’s call it a poor man’s homage to Ansel Adams or Olivier Du Tre I did some more shooting at another location on the way home which I will get to later but now I think it’s time for a nap. I’m buggered!

Enjoy.

Nic


I am not too sure if this really was a good idea but this photo was taken with no casing or any form of protective equipment whatsoever. A storm had just passed through so the water was calm and still with nice little clean waves coming through and breaking. I was out there with the strap around my neck, a cloth in one hand and my camera in the other. There was no-one else on the beach apart from Ash and I thank goodness as here I was out in the water with my DSLR in the ocean trying to set everything manually, running right out in front of the waves before they broke, taking the shot then quickly lifting the camera over my head and jumping as the wave was breaking. Not my smartest moment but hey, I escaped without getting my camera too wet.

Out of all the photo’s I took, none came out much better than this! This is the shot I had envisioned and what I had set out to achieve so to come out of it with my camera unscathed and getting my shot, I could not have been any happier.

What can I say, sometimes you have to put yourself out there to get what you want. That goes for photography and life in general.

Thanks

Nic


10:30pm on a Tuesday and my phone goes off. I am already in bed, about to turn the lights off when I get an email from Aurora Watch telling me there is a 98& chnace of seeing the Northern Lights. Tempting, very tempting! After much thought, lots of checking of weather forecasts and other aurora forecasts I decided to hop out of bed and head out. I had never seen such a high probability before.

I jumped in the car with no real idea where to go as it was quite overcast but I was determined to find a spot where the clouds were broken up. Logic told me they are called the Northern Lights, drive north so I did. I drove up to Airdrie took a left at highway 567 and just headed east. The clouds were breaking up from what looked like a chinook and then I got my first glimpse of them. I was so excited! I finally get to see them again after the first time last summer.

Aurora Feb 2

To be truthful, I had absolutely no idea where I was going but found a cool road with plenty of little ponds and trees. It really would be a great place to shoot Auroras in the summer trying to get reflections on the water.

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I wasn’t just battling the clouds, the moon was extremely bright also which was a bit of shame as it took away some of the colour of the show but I didn’t care.

Aurora Feb 3

I played around in a few spots, mostly capitalizing on the silhouettes of the trees. I apologise of most of these have a similiar foreground but I really loved trying to incorporate them into my shots.

It really was a beautiful night. It was around -6 but believe me, that doesn’t feel bad at all, especially with no wind. It was just me out there, just really appreciating my surroundings; the sights, the smell of fresh air and the sounds of owls in the trees and Coyotes howling.

Aurora Feb 4

The shot above you can see the Aurora through the trees with the orange glow of Calgary reflecting in the clouds above the city.

Unfortunately for me, I had to work the next day so wasn’t able to stay as late as I would have liked to but did stay out till 2:30am. They just seemed to be getting better and better but I knew I would regret it for the whole day if I stayed out longer. Fingers crossed the next one comes on a weekend so i can stay out longer and appreciate it that much more. It is so beautiful to see the light flickering around, dancing in the sky and pulsating above and around you. These are only tame to the shows you see up north in Alaska or North West Territories which I plan to check out at some point but they are still spectacular to see.

Aurora Feb 5

I hope you enjoy these pictures as much as I enjoyed being out there taking them.

Love, love

Nic


I am extremely honoured to be selected in the top 10 of the 2014 VISTEK Emerging Photographer Showcase as one of the best emerging Alberta-based photographers under 30. Please take a couple of minutes to click on the link and vote for me.

I have appreciated everyone’s support and following on this site. It has really meant a lot and has driven me and got me to where I am now.

Please click here and scroll to the bottom of the page to vote!!!

Thanks
Nic


I headed downtown for a bit of shopping this afternoon and thought I may as well pack my camera with me. I finished my shopping around 5pm and was on my way back home when I caught a glimpse of the most amazing sunset in my rear view mirror. In Calgary we get chinooks and when they come in, it forms an amazing looking arch that if you are to the east of the Calgary, looks like it arcs right over the city. With the formation of the clouds and the intense orange sunset, I tried to get to a vantage point as soon as I could to the east of downtown to get some shots but I missed the incredible light show. Instead I was only able to capture the chinook arch as the sun was well and truly set… It was still a great site to see.

Below: A shot from closer downtown with the chinook arch in the background.

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Another attempt at HDR photography. I headed out into the mountains again, this time in behind Canmore along the Spray Trail in Kananaskis. It was -22 when I left in the afternoon and it didn’t get much warmer! This photo was taken half way up the mountain and the wind was absolutely howling! It read -24 on my car thermometer but with wind chill it had to be close to -35. I took my glove off a couple of times on my right hand to make adjustments on my camera as I was shooting and I got absolutely punished for it. I don’t think I got feeling back in the tips of my fingers for 10 minutes. I think it was worth it though…

What do you think?

Nic


First of all, happy new year to everyone. 2013 was another fantastic year for me and I feel extremely grateful I got to share it with family and friends from Canada and Australia as well as my beautiful girlfriend. It was actually the first full calendar year I have spent abroad. 2014 is going to be even better and I am excited for what is to come. I look forward to sharing it with you all on here.

I got to finish work early yesterday and took advantage of actually coming home in daylight rather than normal when I leave work in darkness. I headed straight home, got changed into warm clothes, loaded up the car with my camera gear and headed out to Elbow Falls in Kananaskis Country. I hadn’t been there before but was keen to check it out to first of all see if it was frozen or flowing which to my surprise it was and also see where I would be able to get some shots.

There was a pathway which was closed due to it being pure ice which I still decided to take that came to a look-out but I wanted to get down on the river bank for a better position. I walked through the trees, along the cliff and fell on my ass a couple of times but just couldn’t find a way down that wasn’t going to end with me being airlifted out of there. Getting down would have been the easy part but as I was there for sunset, I wasn’t sure how long the light would hold out for and I was envisioning me trying to climb the cliff in the dark which didn’t sound too appealing to me. I settled for the look out.

I tried setting up my exposures for HDR (high dynamic range) which is 3 photographs combined in to 1. One photo is at normal exposure, one is underexposed and the other is overexposed. You can actually take photos with that function on an iPhone believe it or… Above is the result and I have to admit I was extremely happy with what I ended up with.

As always, thanks for checking out my photo and blog and I hope to see you coming back through out 2014 along with many more new faces from around the world. I was amazed to have so many people view my humble little website from 41 different countries around the globe. Absolutely amazing.

Nic


I have been itching to take out my camera since my night shots near Banff a couple of weeks back but I just hadn’t had the chance until this weekend. Ash was away for work so I decided to head out early on Saturday morning and try my luck at some more night shots out in the mountains. The forecast said there was going to be variable cloud cover but it seemed like it was going to clear up. Not only could I take shots at night of the stars, I wanted to hang around for sunrise too so I was happy to have a back-up plan in case it was overcast.

I set my alarm for 3am and surprised my myself by getting out of the house by 3:45am. Those of you who know me well, are more than aware that I am not much of a morning person but I was able to do it. Driving out there, I noticed it was incredibly dark and that I couldn’t see any stars, not a good start but I wanted to keep going anyway because I knew I would regret it if I turned back. I decided to head to Lake Minnewanka which is near Banff, I hadn’t been there before so i was keen to check it out. All I knew was that it was a long narrow lake surrounded by mountains. I got out there and it was pitch black. I could just make out the mountains but took a few long exposure shots around 30 seconds to check out my surroundings. It was not ideal at all, no stars, overcast and windy. I jumped back in the car and decided to get some sleep for a couple of hours until sunrise. I missed out on the stars but I was sure I would get a nice sunrise… Wrong! About 45 minutes before the sun was scheduled to come up, I scoped out a couple of locations and set up at the first… I took a few shots here and there and eagerly awaited the sky to light up in pinks, purples and and oranges as we normally get, that didn’t happen at all. it was like someone flicked a switch and suddenly it was daylight. The cloud cover was too thick and the sun at this time of year is too low so I got nothing I came for at all.

I took a few shots still and these two are all I had worth sharing. It was so quiet and peaceful out there, the only noises I could hear was the wind whistling through the pines and the sound of ice cracking. I wasn’t out on the ice on the lake even though it was so thick (in some places I could see it was about 10″ thick) but that sound of it cracking was a little too unnerving for me. Due to the dull light, I decided to convert them to black and white just give them a little bit of character and moodiness. A bit of a disappointing outcome (photography wise) but you can’t win them all. I did enjoy getting out there though.

Lake Minnewanka


On Friday night, I drove up to Canmore for a book launch for a photographer I have really looked up to and admired. Since moving over here, there are a number of photographers that I have followed who live in this region and I have drawn from their blogs and portfolios for inspiration. The book launch was for Paul Zizka (Summits & Starlight), which features his photos, mostly from Banff National Park and the Rockies. These are not just your ordinary photos from the side of Highway 1 though, they are images from some of the most remote, untouched and pristine areas of the region and as the title suggests of the most amazing mountains and peaks along with some of the truly amazing starry nights. Check out this blog post from his website for more information on the book and also check out his images on there. They truly are spectacular.

I brought my camera along with me as I bought myself some new glass during the week and I have been dying to use it. Apart from shooting the Aurora a few months ago, I haven’t really tried night time photography and with my new 14mm wide angle lens I was exited to give it a shot. If you take a look at the link in the paragraph above, you will see the cover is my inspiration for this shoot. Mount Rundle, as I told Claire, Justin and I think Mark aswell when they were all here, is the mountain they filmed the Lion King on. It is such a spectacular looking peak. As you can see though, the lake in that very same photograph on the cover of Paul’s book is fully covered in ice and snow now but I was lucky to find a little spot where you could see the ice. The rest of the lake is covered in about 30-40cm of snow. The shot above is the pick of the bunch. There was a little opening through the clouds so you can see a few stars shining through. If I arrived around 15-20 minutes earlier, I would have been lucky enough to have seen a nice starry background behind the mountain. Looking above and behind me though, there were some great sized holes in the clouds. Being out in such a remote place with only a couple of small villages around, the sky is pitch black and there are millions of stars!

The shot below is what was immediately behind me when I was shooting Rundle. You can see in that little pocket of open sky just how many stars are visable out there on a clear night. I really would like to head out there again on a night that is a little more clearer and try my hand at shooting the Milky Way.

As I said in my last post, I am looking forward to getting out there a lot this winter. Don’t forget to stop by check out what I have been getting up to. I have really appreciated all of the support and been amazed with the page views I have had. It really inspires me to get out there more and more.

Thanks for the support.

Nic


16Nov

Snow day

Snow day

I have been a little absent from my blog as of late due to it being quite a busy couple of months. New job, new neighbourhood and new living arrangement. I have to say though that everything is lining up quite nicely and things have really been working out for me over here.

The snow has arrived and over the past 3 weekends we have had a few flurries. None more so than last night where we got 15cm overnight and early today. It was absolutely beautiful outside so I thought it might be nice to get out of the house when the snow died down a little. I headed over to Fish Creek Park which is only about 5 minutes away from us now and loved the fact that I was the only person down there. Well, I brought Maggie along with me so it was just the two of us. I brought my camera along and we went for a nice little walk along the pathway walking on untouched snow. It really was a beautiful afternoon down there.

The image above is of the creek which is just about entirely covered in ice and snow and the image below is of the pathway with the untouched snow.

Thank you for reading, I am looking forward to getting a lot more shot this winter.

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.


There is nothing quite like a sunset. It doesn’t matter how many times you have seen the sun go down, it always feels like it is for the first time. Everywhere I travel, no matter where it is, I always do what I can to see the sun set in that city, town or village. It is by far one of my favourite things on this earth.

Above – A large cluster of annual sow thistle catch the last light of the day as the sun slowly makes it way below the horizon.

Below – The sun sets over the wheat fields out in the Alberta prairies. The mixture of soil and dust in the air from all of the machinery out harvesting along with the colours of the sun setting make it a really beautiful site. The photo does is absolutely no justice at all.