vista lake

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.


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.