Our passion is telling the stories of wildlife, but we made a true effort this year to document the places where animals live.
We weren’t always successful. I mean as beautiful as the sunrise is, what if just down the road there are two grizzlies and a cougar dancing around in a circle?!
When visiting Waterton in mid-August – and during one of those moments when our fear of missing a bear around the bend of the road didn’t takeover our brains – we explored the Waterton river for new vistas that we hoped would make for an excellent photo. One spot required a bit of river walking, but was well worth it. Ironically, our favourite shot from this location wasn’t of the mountains. As we were packing our gear to return to our car, we noticed these small rivulets of water created by the river earlier in the spring. The clouds were perfectly reflected and we had to see if this beautiful scene would translate on our cameras. Did it work?
This second image Simon likes to refer to as the most expensive and painful landscape photo ever taken. Why? You’ll have to wait for his emotional scars to heal in order for him to put pen to paper on the story. Until that day arrives, enjoy this view looking west from the beaches of BC’s Vargas Island.
You may (or may not) recognize Jill in this next photo. We rarely post photos of ourselves, but we wanted to try a ‘people in the landscape’ shot one night after the sun went down. Before you ask: No, Jill can’t walk on water. This is just the very shallow, sandy Jasper Lake. Interestingly, this area is not a lake at all, but a unique bend of the Athabasca River that empties in the winter and helps form the only sand dune landscape in the Canadian Rockies.
Finally, Many Glacier has long been one of the most iconic views in America, but this year is the first time we’ve actually been able to capture an image of the sunset and still make it back across the border to our camp. Luckily, we had beginners luck and enjoyed not only a perfect reflection, but stunning cloudscapes to boot.
The editing of summer images continues. We’ll share more shots Friday!