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Two Jack Splendor - Banff National Park, Alberta

We had two terrific mornings at Two Jack Lake just outside of the town of Banff. The sunrises were spectacular each morning with great clouds that were lit up in reds and oranges. On the first morning, the light show didn't last too long and we left shortly after the show ended. We had much better luck on the second morning, as the sunrise colors gave way to some extraordinary golden hour light. Several of us went around the lake to explore what was over there. This is what we found that was waiting for us. A great view of Mount Rundle bathed in golden light with a near perfect reflection in the still waters of Two Jack. If you look closely, you can see the tent of someone who camped out overnight on the opposite shore.
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Rolling Landscape - Colfax, Washington

Next month, I will be revisiting the Palouse and its amazing landscape. I have been there once before in early June when the rolling landscape was a carpet of green and absolutely fell in love with it. The area has become a mecca for landscape photographers in recent years. The Palouse covers approximately 4,000 square miles in eastern Washington, western Idaho and a small portion of northeastern Oregon, which is slightly smaller than my home state of Connecticut. It is tough to truly measure as there are no signs or boundaries. The best way to determine whether you are in the Palouse is to use your eyes. There is a unique look to the landscape.

That being said, I have seen photos of the Palouse during harvest time when the landscape has changed from green to harvest brown and I am excited that I might be able to see it during that time. Of course, predicting the time of the harvest is akin to timing a visit to see fall foliage. It always depends on many things, especially the weather that year. I will keep my fingers crossed.
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Herbert Beauty - Banff National Park, Alberta

A lot of photos have been posted from my recent trip to Banff of Herbert Lake. This little lake is mere steps off of the Icefields Parkway and, when the water is still, gives great reflection shots of the Canadian Rockies. The typical shot of Herbert Lake is looking straight westward, where you are able to capture more than eight peaks in the composition. It is a classic Canadian Rockies scene and one of my favorites.

I learned a long time ago that once you get "the" composition, start working the location for different subjects and compositions. I headed to the south end of the lake and looked northward to get this different look. Only two peaks in this photo, but Mother Nature still delivered a beautiful scene.
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Night Arch - Saint Mark's Square, Venice, Italy

What a great place Venice is. It has such a different feel to the city mainly because of its canals, history and architecture. Of all of the cities I have been to, I wouldn't mind getting lost there. Every alley way has something different, and I found myself just stopping and looking around in delight. Some of the architecture is simple, but much of the city's architecture is ornate, really ornate. It's architectural style, is the Gothic with Byzantine and Ottoman influences.

We were staying in St. Mark's Square with some of the most ornate architecture in Venice. As I wandered around one night, I saw the statutes on the top of St Mark's framed by this arch. The inclusion of the yellow glow from light fixture made a nice contrast to the blue-hour light.
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Fog in the Valley - Lyndonville Vermont

I know what you are thinking, "This isn't Banff". After two straight weeks, I am trying to ween myself off of posting Banff photos. I know it will be hard with all of the great locations that are there but I want to start adding some variety back into my photo stream. For those of you who love Banff, don't worry, as the withdrawal from my addiction from it will be a gradual one.

So how was I going to start changing it up? I decided to hop to a different season and a location much closer to where I live, fall in Vermont. This photo was shot about five years ago and pictures a classic autumn scene that is found throughout New England. The mountains are not nearly as big as the Rockies, but they add a nice layering to the landscape here. This photo was shot at sunrise and the fog added to the layering of the foliage and farmland.
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Light Display - Two Jack Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta

We were blessed with some amazing light during our recent trip to Banff National Park. This was especially true of Two Jack Lake. Being only about ten minutes from our hotel, we visited there twice and were treated to beautiful light each time. This contrasts with my visit a couple of years ago when we visited the lake four times before getting decent light. As you can see, the light was amazing even though Mount Rundle was only partially lit (it never did get fully lit on this morning). Regardless, the clouds and the reflection more than made up for it. This is the reason you wake up at 3:30am for a June sunrise shoot.
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Morant's Curve - Banff National Park, Alberta

There are some photos of Banff where the subjects aren't mountains, lakes, rivers, glaciers or wildlife. This is one of them. Along the Bow River Parkway, there is a spot where the tracks are used by the Canadian Pacific Railway. It was made famous by the Canadian Pacific photographer, Nicholas Morant. For 44 years, Morant traveled the rails throughout Canada shooting trains and company properties (sounds like a job I would have loved). There aren't any signs for this spot, but it is located on the parkway about five minutes from Lake Louise. I have been there many times, but was never lucky enough to see a train on the tracks. Yes, I could have gotten a train schedule, but with all of the great subjects to shoot in Banff, I never did. Lady luck was on our side last month and I were able to see and finally get a shot with a train traveling on the tracks.
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Flowing Water - Rearguard Falls Provincial Park, British Columbia

After staying in Banff for a week, a few of us headed up to Jasper National Park to experience this lesser known, but equally impressive part of the Canadian Rockies. The town of Jasper is a quieter and less crowded town than Banff, three hours to the south. It provides a great launching spot to explore the national park and also head into British Columbia to experience some terrific Provincial Parks.

One of the spots that we visited in British Columbia was Rearguard Falls. This is only one of two waterfalls that can be found on the 854 miles long Fraser River. This particular part of the river is famous, as it is the spawning ground of one of nature's most impressive migrations, namely the Sockeye Salmon. I think everyone has seen photos of the salmon swimming upstream when millions of salmon start their journey in the Pacific Ocean. On this cold overcast June day, there wasn't any salmon to be seen (they appear in late summer) so I set up where I imagined that the salmon would be leaping out of the water and took several long exposure photos.
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Sunwapta Falls - Icefields Parkway, Jasper National Park, Alberta

Most of the stops along the Icefields Parkway are views of mountain lakes, the fabulous Canadian Rockies and glaciers. This is particularly true of the portion of the parkway in Banff National Park. As you travel north on this amazing 140-mile road and enter Jasper National Park, waterfalls become more prevalent. There are several small ones along the way, but the first sizable one is this one, Sunwapta Falls. The falls actually consists of two falls, one downstream away from the first one that is closer to the parkway. The falls gets its name from the Assiniboine Native Americans meaning "turbulent water". The Athabasca River is sourced by the Columbia Glacier and is at its most spectacular in the spring with the snow melt. The river passes over the falls on its way to the town of Jasper to the north.
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Before the Tourists - Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta

Last week I posted a photo of Victoria Glacier from Lake Louise showing the glacier lit up in alpenglow light. I also talked about how the crowds at Lake Louise increase dramatically as the morning grows later. Fortunately, with sunrise happening at 5:15am, we still had a relatively crowd-free chance to roam around the lake taking photos. The lake is pretty accessible from all sides, which allows for lots of different compositions. While the light wasn't the golden glow of sunrise when I took this photo, it was still very nice. The lake was smooth as glass, allowing for great reflection shots (my favorite type of photo). For this composition, I wanted to have Victoria Glacier in it while capturing the reflection of Mount Aberdeen in the waters of Lake Louise.
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Canoes - Moraine Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta

The trip to Banff last month was a resounding success. Based upon the photos I have seen from my friends, their favorite place by far was Moraine Lake and for good reason. Every time I am asked where my favorite location in Banff is, my answer seems to change, but not anymore. Moraine Lake treated us with some amazing conditions from snow, rain, clouds and sunshine. Seeing it in all of those conditions has locked it in as my favorite location. Sure there is tremendous competition from all of the surrounding mountains, mountain lakes, waterfalls and glaciers but any lake that is surrounded by ten peaks (known as the Valley of the Ten Peaks) is usually the winner.

There have been so many photos of the lake posted by my friends (the disadvantage of being the last one home), I am posting my first photo of the lake with its always present canoes. I have always loved their color with the mountain peaks in the background.
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Victoria Glacier - Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta

Lake Louise is perhaps the most visited and photographed lake in Banff National Park. The number of tour buses and tourists that frequent there is staggering. The best time to shoot the lake with the Victoria Glacier reflected in it is at sunrise, That is also the time when there are the least amount of people around. An expensive way to make sure you get there at dawn is to stay at the Chateau Lake Louise that sits on the shore of the lake (a room in August with set you back $779 Canadian per night). I actually stayed in the Chateau in 2006 for a splurge (I got a bargain at $700 Canadian per night). Back then, I was able to get up right before dawn and walk to the shore and take photos with virtually no one there.

This trip was different. We left the town of Banff at 4:30am to make the 45 minute drive to Lake Louise. Much to my surprise, the lake was busy compared to my 2006 visit. At 5:15am, the boat house was open and at least ten canoes were already on the lake. Hard to believe. In any case, it was still sparser than it would be at 9:00am, when you wouldn't be able to move without bumping into someone.
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