If motorsport photography is my creative calling then landscapes would be my artistic offset. As a lifelong hockey player and avid snowboarder winter settings are by far my favorite and my recent trip to Alberta did not disappoint! What started as a snowboarding trip with the fellas quickly transitioned into a daily quest for personally uncharted territory. With snow waist height coupled with average temps of -22 fahrenheit, Canada made short work of both my equipment and my stamina!
Vermilion Lakes is a body of water located immediately west of Banff, Alberta, in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. The third lake (pictured), is comprised of a hot spring, providing the perfect mixture of sunrise contrast and highlights.
Storm Mountain, located in Banff National Park, was named by George Mercer Dawson in 1884 after he spend several days camping below it. During his stay, the mountain was shrouded by storms hence the conception of its name. Its peak is 10,361 feet above sea level and positioned on the continental divide between Alberta, and British Columbia.
Mount Nestor boasts a 9740 foot summit and is situated along the Spray Lakes Reservoir. It was named after the HMS Nestor, a destroyer sunk in the Battle of Jutland during World War I. This exact location was later used as the backdrop in the movie "The Revenant" starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy.
The Spray Lakes are a string of lakes formed along the Spray River, which is also a tributary of the Bow River. The lake lies between the Goat Range and the Three Sisters Ridge, at an elevation of 5,640 feet above sea level.
Stumped At Spray Lakes
The name Bow in "Bow River" refers to the reeds that grow along its banks utilized by the Canadian Indians to make bows for hunting. The Blackfoot language name for the river is Makhabn, meaning "river where bow reeds grow". The Bow River is strategically located in Banff National Park, and is an important source of water for the regional population. On this particular day the flowing water was warmer than the -28c air temperature. The steam provided an unexpected enhancement as it permeated the surrounding area.
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Originally built in 1902 by the Canadian Pacific Railway, Emerald Lake Lodge is the only property on secluded Emerald Lake. Situated in Yoho National Park, and surrounded by the breathtaking Canadian Rocky Mountains, the secluded location makes Emerald Lake Lodge a romantic, and relaxing destination. Truly a diamond in the rough.