Posted by: kerryl29 | October 28, 2014

The Canadian Rockies, Day 3: Moraine Lake, Saddleback Pass & Takakkaw Falls

In the aftermath of a disappointing day at Lake O’Hara, I had hopes for better luck on Day 3.  My plan was to shoot sunrise at Moraine Lake, about a 20-25 minute drive from where I was staying at Lake Louise Village.  The forecast was for mostly cloudy conditions, but I was hoping that I’d get lucky.  As I made the drive, in the dark, down the winding Moraine Lake Road, I could see no stars when I glanced out the window.  As a result, I expected no sunrise this morning.

There was some ambient light when I reached Moraine Lake itself, and because of the time I took to scout the location on Day 1 , I immediately headed to a spot along the lake shore, rather than climbing up to the rock pile, as many photographers automatically do.  The sky was indeed mostly cloudy, but there was some definition and an occasional clear spot.  But there was too much cloud cover to generate much color in the sky or any light on the peaks as the sun rose.

Moraine Lake Morning, Banff National Park, Alberta

Moraine Lake Morning, Banff National Park, Alberta

I’ve been to a lot of iconic locations in North America over the years–Tunnel View at Yosemite National Park, Delicate Arch at Arches National Park, Mesa Arch at Canyonlands National Park, etc.  I’m not sure I’ve ever been to an iconic spot more deserving of that status than Moraine Lake; it’s an incredibly beautiful place, with some of the famous snow-capped Ten Peaks towering over a turquoise blue lake surrounded by coniferous forest.

There wasn’t a whisper of wind at dawn early that morning, which made for some picture perfect reflections.

Moraine Lake Morning Black & White, Banff National Park, Alberta

Moraine Lake Morning Black & White, Banff National Park, Alberta

After the shoreline, I moved along to the lake’s canoe dock.  The bright colors made for an interesting foreground.

Moraine Lake Boat Dock, Banff National Park, Alberta

Moraine Lake Boat Dock, Banff National Park, Alberta


Moraine Lake Canoe Dock, Banff National Park, Alberta

Moraine Lake Canoe Dock, Banff National Park, Alberta

There was still no light on the peaks after I was done at the canoe dock, so I took the approximately mile long trail through the woods, along the northwest shore of the lake, to the Moraine Lake inlet stream. Along the way, I found a couple of unorthodox shots that required use of a telephoto lens to execute.  The first used the lake itself as a contrasting backdrop.

Moraine Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta

Moraine Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta

The second shot keyed in on a runoff waterfall that descended hundreds of–if not more than 1000–feet from a snowy peak all the way down to the lake itself.  I chose to show only part of the mid-section.

Moraine Lake Runoff, Banff National Park, Alberta

Moraine Lake Runoff, Banff National Park, Alberta

I ultimately reached the inlet stream itself.  The even light of the morning was perfect for the setting.

Moraine Lake Inlet Stream Black & White, Banff National Park, Alberta

Moraine Lake Inlet Stream Black & White, Banff National Park, Alberta

I took a few shots, but regretted that I didn’t have my rubber boots with me.  I determined that, if I made a return visit to the stream, I’d be sure to wear my boots so I could wander out into the water to try and obtain an alternate perspective.

Moraine Lake Inlet Stream, Banff National Park, Alberta

Moraine Lake Inlet Stream, Banff National Park, Alberta


Moraine Lake Inlet Stream, Banff National Park, Alberta

Moraine Lake Inlet Stream, Banff National Park, Alberta

I walked back toward the rock pile after wrapping up at the inlet stream, and as I did I could see that there was some clearing taking place in the sky, so–even though it was now well past sunrise–I climbed up to the rock pile to see if I could find some pleasing compositions.


Moraine Lake from the Rock Pile, Banff National Park, Alberta

Moraine Lake from the Rock Pile, Banff National Park, Alberta


Moraine Lake from the Rock Pile, Banff National Park, Alberta

Moraine Lake from the Rock Pile, Banff National Park, Alberta

Moraine Lake from the Rock Pile, Banff National Park, Alberta

Moraine Lake from the Rock Pile, Banff National Park, Alberta


Moraine Lake Peak Portrait, Banff National Park, Alberta

Moraine Lake Peak Portrait, Banff National Park, Alberta

Moraine Lake from the Rock Pile, Banff National Park, Alberta

Moraine Lake from the Rock Pile, Banff National Park, Alberta

After spending much more time on the rock pile than I’d anticipated, I returned to the parking area and drove the 10-odd miles to Lake Louise to begin my planned hike up to Saddleback Pass.  The trail up to Saddleback leads to an impressive larch forest–something I was keen to photograph after the rain at Lake O’Hara essentially spoiled my plans the previous day.  The Saddleback Trail is pretty strenuous–it’s nearly three miles to the pass from the trailhead, but the distance isn’t the issue; the trail is relentless in its incline, gaining nearly 2000 feet of elevation over less than three miles.  I had reason to believe that I’d use each and every one of my lenses so, despite my misgivings, I hauled my full pack up the trail with me.  It was a bit of a slog, but I made it without incident.

The impressive views began about halfway up the trail, as the larches on the slope of Saddleback Mountain came into view.  The trees were at their golden peak and contrasted marvelously with the green pines.


Larches on Saddleback Mountain, Saddleback Trail, Banff National Park, Alberta

Larches on Saddleback Mountain, Saddleback Trail, Banff National Park, Alberta


Larches on Saddleback Mountain, Saddleback Trail, Banff National Park, Alberta

Larches on Saddleback Mountain, Saddleback Trail, Banff National Park, Alberta

Larches on Saddleback Mountain, Saddleback Trail, Banff National Park, Alberta

Larches on Saddleback Mountain, Saddleback Trail, Banff National Park, Alberta

I made it all the way up to the pass itself.  There’s a rocky meadow, of sorts, up there, just below the larch forest itself, which I found highly photogenic.

Saddleback Pass, Banff National Park, Alberta

Saddleback Pass, Banff National Park, Alberta

Ultimately I reached the larch forest, which was magnificent.  I spent a fair amount of time wandering around, looking for different ways to express the beauty of the setting.

Saddelback Trail at Saddleback Pass, Banff National Park, Alberta

Saddelback Trail at Saddleback Pass, Banff National Park, Alberta

Larch Forest,  Saddleback Pass, Banff National Park, Alberta

Larch Forest, Saddleback Pass, Banff National Park, Alberta

Larch Forest,  Saddleback Pass, Banff National Park, Alberta

Larch Forest, Saddleback Pass, Banff National Park, Alberta

Larch Needles, Saddleback Pass, Banff National Park, Alberta

Larch Needles, Saddleback Pass, Banff National Park, Alberta

It took a lot less time to descend the Saddleback Trail than it did to ascend it, partly because I’d done all the shooting I wanted to do on the way up, but mostly because…well, the way down was…down. 🙂

It was around 4 PM by the time I reached the trailhead and I immediately made the drive back to Castle Mountain.  I hoped that, this time–unlike Day 1–there would be some light on the mountain, and fortunately there was, despite the increasing cloudiness that had been forecast for late afternoon.

I’d scouted the Castle Mountain location on Day 1, so it didn’t take long for me to identify some compositions.

Castle Mountain from the Bow River, Banff National Park, Alberta

Castle Mountain from the Bow River, Banff National Park, Alberta

This spot on the Bow River is extremely pretty, and peaceful when no one else is around.  I was lucky enough to have the place all to myself, so I lingered a bit.

Castle Mountain from the Bow River Black & White, Banff National Park, Alberta

Castle Mountain from the Bow River Black & White, Banff National Park, Alberta

Castle Mountain from the Bow River, Banff National Park, Alberta

Castle Mountain from the Bow River, Banff National Park, Alberta

Despite what you see here–and this is facing more or less northeast–it was clouding up significantly to the west as I was wrapping up at Castle Mountain, exactly as the forecast had predicted.  With no sunset expected, I decided to race back up the Trans Canada Highway to Yoho National Park and the tremendous torrent of water that is Takakkaw Falls.  I had read about this waterfall, one of the tallest in Canada, prior to making the trip and determined that I needed to see it for myself.

By the time Takakkaw  came into sight, as I was approaching the end of the Yoho Valley Road, it was about an hour before official sunset and mostly cloudy.  I popped out of the car to take some long lens shots of the waterfall from the side of the road.


Takakkaw Falls, Yoho National Park, British Columbia

Takakkaw Falls, Yoho National Park, British Columbia

Takakkaw Falls, Yoho National Park, British Columbia

Takakkaw Falls, Yoho National Park, British Columbia

I drove the final mile or so to the parking area and moved along the trail to capture some more images, using the Yoho River as my foreground subject.  I was taken by the footbridge that crosses the river and incorporated that element in my first shot.

Takakkaw Falls and the Yoho River Bridge, Yoho National Park, British Columbia

Takakkaw Falls and the Yoho River Bridge, Yoho National Park, British Columbia

I crossed the bridge and wandered down to the outlet stream to see if I could find a pleasing shot.

Takakkaw Falls from the Yoho River, Yoho National Park, British Columbia

Takakkaw Falls from the Yoho River, Yoho National Park, British Columbia

Just as I was setting up for the above image, the wind kicked up and it started to rain.  But after a minute or two, things settled down, the rain stopped and I was able to use the final few minutes of daylight to nab a final shot.

Takakkaw Falls and the Yoho River Black & White, Yoho National Park, British Columbia

Takakkaw Falls and the Yoho River Black & White, Yoho National Park, British Columbia

It had been a long day, and one without a sunrise or sunset–I was still 0-for-the-trip when it came to sunrises/sunsets–but it had been a good, productive day nonetheless.  I had one more morning to shoot in the Lake Louise area and then I’d pack up the car to take the Icefields Parkway to Jasper.  I anticipated a fair amount of shooting along the parkway, but still expected to be in Jasper by late afternoon to do some scouting for sunrise the following day and shoot sunset, assuming it materialized.

As usual, I was overly ambitious in my estimations.

Next:  Day 4 – The Icefields Parkway


  1. Beautiful image. What a great place. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Even without sunrise and sunset, this was a spectacular day of shooting. You definitely did your homework before your trip because you hit all the best places.

    • Thanks, Ellen. I did do quite a bit in terms of itinerary research prior to the trip. I try to leave as little to chance as possible, and made heavy use of Darwin Wiggett’s e-books and I was able to mine Royce Howland’s expertise by e-mail. Both sources were extraordinarily helpful.

  3. Wow that is such an amazing view.

  4. Thanks for sharing your beautiful shots of a spectacular place

  5. I don’t envy you carrying all your gear up Saddleback Pass, but the results were worth it! Once again, there are no words to describe how beautiful the Canadian Rockies are, or how well you’re capturing the essence of the beauty to be found there. I have to thank you for bringing back many memories as well, as it’s been too long since I was there. Since you’ve started this series, I went back and looked at my old slides taken there, and they have begun to fade, even those shot on Kodachrome, it’s been that long.

    I know that you shoot landscapes, but out of curiosity, did you see much wildlife while you were there? I remember mountain sheep and goats being plentiful almost as soon as I got on the trails and away from the roads.

    • Thanks!

      Sorry to hear about the condition of the slides–it’s a good argument in favor of having the real keepers scanned so that the images can be preserved digitally. Analog formats will inevitably degrade.

      Re the question about wildlife…other than a few birds, I saw nothing until I made my way toward Jasper. Somewhere on the Icefields Parkway, in Jasper NP but at least an hour south of the town of Jasper, I saw my first large mammal of the trip–a big, bull elk, who was nibbling on something a few hundred feet off the side of the road. I was traveling at a high rate of speed and couldn’t stop to try to get a photo (the light was seriously dwindling at this point anyway). From that point on, sightings were frequent. I saw caribou, moose, elk, wolves (two separate times), mountain goats, bighorn sheep and bears (also two separate times), in addition to waterfowl (ducks, geese, loons, herons and coots). I did get some shots of a moose cow and calf, a bull elk (and his herd) crossing a river, goats and ducks. I’ll toss some of these up on the blog as I get to the instances chronologically.

  6. I so enjoy seeing your photos of places that I have been to and like the soft colours of Morraine Lake rather than the over-saturated ones I usually see.The reflections are priceless as are the black and white captures. Yoho valley road taught me how to drive with a standard; almost stalled on the switchbacks and it scared the daylights out of me.So much to see, literally every fifty feet.I also like the outcrop of rock beside the mountain falls at Morraine. This series is a real treat!

    • Thanks very much. There’s lots more to come; I’m still less than halfway through the post processing task.

      Yeah, there were some nasty switchbacks on the Yoho Valley Road, one of which is a true 180-degree turn, where it’s essentially impossible to stay on the appropriate side of the road when making the inside turn. Ditto the road to Mt. Edith Cavell in Jasper, though there was nothing quite that tight.

      • I watched a dump tuck go down those Yoho switchbacks backwards then would go onto the runaway lane then go forward down to the next level. It was amazing to watch. Cavell is a favourite spot for me, look forward to all your photos..

  7. Stunning Images. M

  8. So many marvelous and varied images, it’s impossible to pick any favorites. You’ve certainly captured some of the magic that lives in this most beautiful spot on the planet (in my humble opinion) :).

    • Thanks…and agreed on the beauty of the Canadian Rockies; it’s a very special place.

  9. Breathtaking scenery there my friend! That is one more spot to add to my must get to list. That list is growing and growing. I am sorry for the delay in replying to this incredible post but I just hate to reply on the mobile device and I have been out of the loop. I took a stab at the Smokies again this autumn as I never could get my plan together and I must say that overall it was pretty disappointing. I did find a totally new section for me that I really enjoyed but I would say it was nothing compared to this trip of yours. How will you ever go back to the normal? 🙂

    Great work Kerry!

    • Thanks, Terry. Good question (i.e. “how will you ever go back to normal?”)…it’s not going to be easy. I went out last week, in central Indiana…let’s just say it wasn’t quite the same. 🙂 Nothing I’ve seen to date compares to the Canadian Rockies…and I won’t be surprised if I never go anywhere else that will match up.

      Sorry to hear that the trip to the Smokies didn’t quite live up to your hopes. Was the color not great or was it something else?

      • The foliage was really suffering. There was a major storm two days before my arrival and that really did a number on things. The lower elevations still looked a week away. However, area’s that ripened while I was there were really muted and just did not motivate me at all. I worked sunrise and sunset with a lot of water but the days were so clear and you know how that harsh light is. Not one single cloudy day out of the five I was down there.

        • The blue sky part of your description like what happened to me when I was there in 2009, in the spring. I was down there for four days and I never saw a cloud either. Poor color…that stinks. The one time I was in the Smokies in the fall (2004), the color was good, but you never know when it comes to fall foliage. The story about a storm wreaking havoc reminds me of my trip to the UP in 2006. The color was phenomenal when I got up there and that very first night a huge storm blew in off of Lake Superior and…overnight, it was past peak.

  10. Beatfull place, great pictures.

    • Thanks very much.

  11. Stunning Canadian Rockies photo album. I really enjoyed the entire series.

    • Thanks very much–more to come!

  12. […] take one more crack at sunrise from Moraine Lake.  I retraced my steps from the early morning of Day 3 and found myself back at the Moraine Lake parking lot before first light.  Unfortunately, […]

  13. […] post, you’ve seen plenty of them in the earlier installments of the series (Day 1; Day 2; Day 3; Day 4) and you’ll surely see many, many more if you continue to follow along as I present […]

  14. What gorgeous photographs! Really well done!

    • Thanks very much!

  15. Beautiful!

  16. Absolutely stunning photographs!

  17. Very nice post mate. Do the Canadian Rockies have a lot of drunk animals too? And are there any policies to help them like in Yukon (see link)?

    • Ha. 🙂 No, can’t say that I saw any drunk wildlife during my time in the Canadian Rockies.

  18. Lovely photos. Unfortunately we didn’t get to Takakawawa Falls this fall. Also short on time.

    • Thanks! Sorry to hear that you didn’t make it to Takakkaw; it’s quite a sight to behold.

      • I saw the falls over 13 years ago.

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  21. Wow, great post. Some really gorgeous images you’ve shot there. It’s so lovely to read about and see photos of places I’ve spent so much time, oh how I miss the Rockies. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Thanks very much for the kind words!

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  23. Dontcha love the photogenic burgundy rocks up there? Loved your compositions. The alarming canoe close-up gave me seizures but the rest were very soothing.

    • Thanks. Sorry to hear that the shot with the canoes put you in convulsions; sounds as though you suffer from a very unusual malady (floataphobia, or something akin to it). 😉

      • Nah, the contrast was just jarring, very different from the rest of the elegant creations in your post. Thank you for the beauty.

        • Thanks. (Re the earlier comment–I was just joking. My apologies if that I didn’t make that clear.)

          To be honest, it was the contrast of the brightly colored canoes with the subtlety created by the soft, even light of the cloudy morning that attracted me to the dock in the first place. Kind of a yin-yang, of sorts.

        • No, I get it, I can see what you were going for. It’s just that the intricate subtleties of the water, mountains, and trees have such a nice cohesive tone to them. They share space together so naturally and gently that they strike a lovely harmonizing chord in the brain.

          The sudden transition in the middle of the frame into man-made shapes and unnatural colors that dominate rather than dance with their surroundings feels aggressive by contrast. It’s almost like the canoes are photobombing nature here, and yanking attention away from the real depth of the scene.

          I’m referring to the close up shot of the boats, of course, the one with the strange center line. It’s so different from the rest of your treasures, I felt compelled to inquire.

        • Thanks for taking the time to explain why you had the reacted to the image the way you did; I appreciate the considered critique. It made me think about the shot, and go back and look at it a few more times, and think about it some more. And after doing so…I disagree. 🙂 Of course, this doesn’t invalidate your opinion one iota; the image simply has a completely different feel for me than it does for you.

          briefly, the sense I have is one of bringing me into the scene in a a very different way than any of the shots that don’t include the canoes–not better, not worse, just different. I have the urge to pull one of those canoes off of the stack and paddle my way onto Morraine Lake. It feels entirely symbiotic to me, rather than the harsh disconnect that you feel.

          And, in the end, that’s art for you–the epitome of subjectivity as reflected in the human experience.

          Again, thanks for going to the trouble of engaging in this discussion.

  24. Beautiful pictures. They look almost like paintings.

  25. Well, very beautiful photos. Do you have high resolution of these photos, i will use them as background. 😀

    • I do have high resolution versions of every photograph that appears on my blog (and on my website– If you’re interested in a licensing arrangement, feel free to contact me at:

      sales AT

  26. So beautiful, these pictures almost look unreal! 🙂

  27. Great shots! I was just here in August with my boyfriend, so this was like dejavu from a different perspective. You’re right in saying that it’s all about perspective and the angle you shoot from. I tried to get creative with my pictures and probably over did it. Even the photographer members of my family don’t know which way is up on one BW. Your shots are creative yet recognizable for what they are – the mark of a skilled photographer!

    • Thanks very much. There are a couple of broad, connected keys to photographing the landscape (and probably anything else, but 95% of my personal oeuvre is landscape-related): 1) having a sense of what you want to depict; and 2) having the technical experience necessary to realize #1. The personal, dynamic exploration that comes with #1 is a big part of what keeps photography interesting for me.

  28. I really enjoyed these stunning photos. I felt like I was there – they really drew me in. What amazing beauty our planet gives us!!!

    • Thanks and agreed.

  29. Thank you for sharing your brilliant photographs. I hiked around Rocky Mountain National Park this summer and plan to visit other parts of the Rockies future summers. The first shot of the canoes looks like Christmas dolphins to me.

    • Thanks very much for the kind words.

      I’ve been to Rocky Mountain NP on three occasions, but it’s been ages since I was last there–more than 20 years.

      Christmas dolphins…I’ll have to remember that. 🙂

  30. That’s gorgeous! I want to go visit these places now

    • I hope you have the opportunity to do so; I’m certain that you won’t be disappointed.

  31. Lovely photography!

    • Thanks very much!

    • This makes me so happy!! Work has been hectic and it’s been a full 2.5 months since I’ve been to the mountains and I won’t be there for another few weeks.
      At least this photos can hold me over till I go!
      Excellent work!

      • Thanks, and I hope your next visit to the mountains is a great one!

  32. This looks amazing. X

  33. Reblogged this on Universo libre and commented:
    It seems unreal

    • Thanks! (I think. 🙂 )

  34. Crazy shots ! So beautiful !

  35. Cool

  36. Beautiful

  37. Reblogged this on WELCOME TO ELIN OLSHANSKY'S PERSONAL PAGE and commented:
    Absolutely Breath Taking

  38. Nice

  39. Beautiful!

    • Thanks very much!

  40. beautiful

  41. Amazing

  42. Wow! I feel like I can actually smell the air, the images are just stunning. Thank you

    • Thanks very much!

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  44. great photos

  45. This is crazily beautiful….i love them all

    • Thanks very much!

  46. I remember my first trip to the Rockies and seeing water that blue. When I was a kid my father took us on a road trip out West. As a highly visual person the vibrancy of the mountains, water and trees was breathtaking. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks very much for taking the time to comment.

  47. Great capture! Ilike how the water mirrored the rocks

  48. beautiful captures and perspectives

  49. Stunning images.

    • Thanks very much!

  50. To be there for a while with the great moment in life, Looking perfect.

  51. Love it! If you like follow me on

  52. Wonderful !

    • Thanks Very much!

  53. Wow this is so incredibly beautiful and surreal. 😮☺️😁

    • Thanks very much!

  54. very nice

  55. divine images! having just moved to BC, they make my heart sing 🙂

  56. Breath taking

  57. Nice capture

  58. Thanks for sharing…so enraptured by both imagery & words 🙂

    • Thanks very much!

  59. Such beautiful shots!

  60. Wow!

  61. ~ Congrats for being FP! Marvelous shots! 😉 It seems like I am there standing in front of the lake! 😀 Cheers! – Bliss, The Lurker’s List

    • Thanks so much! I wasn’t even aware that this piece was Freshly Pressed status until quite awhile after it happened. The site stats just exploded, so I knew that something was up but it took me some time to figure out exactly what. 🙂

      • ~ And then the unexpected happens! That’s what happens when you do your thing with sooo much passion! How cool, you were able to reply to every comment?! 😀 Who knows a photo book from you could be on its way! 😉 Thanks too! Cheers to you! More Power! 🙂

  62. Nice work😉

    • Thanks very much!

  63. Great Photos, thanks for sharing. Good info on location too!

    • Thanks very much; glad you found the post useful.


  65. Beautiful pics!

  66. I was grateful to my eldest sister when she included me (in 1968) in her invitation to our parents for a drive from Edmonton to more family in Victoria (motel stops Hinton, Golden, Kamloops, Hope). My mother, being religious, thought that all things were part of some great plan. She stood in a lay-by on Highway 1, looking at a view of The Rockies, and asked “What are they FOR?” Sensational pictures! The ones of the colourful-canoes, set in the geology-in-slow-progress, said a bunch.

    • Thanks very much for taking the time to comment (and tell a story).

  67. Great shot. Thanks for sharing

  68. Amazing photos! Thoroughly enjoyed this!

    • Thanks very much–glad you found it worthwhile.

  69. Such beautiful shots! I really enjoyed them!

  70. Such lovely colours! Beautiful pictures. Breathtaking place.

  71. So beautiful

    • Thanks very much!

  72. Amazballs

    • “Amazballs”

      I’m going to go out on a limb and assume that’s a good thing. 🙂 Thanks!

  73. Breath taking

  74. These are awesome 🙂 I would love to take pictures like that, but I have a hard time thinking of somewhere near where I could practice. You’ve inspired me to get out there and look!

    • Thanks very much!

      BTW, you don’t need to be in a place like the Canadian Rockies to work on your photography. My home base (the areas around Chicago and Indianapolis) bear–I’ll be generous–little resemblance to the spectacular scenery of the Canadian Rockies. Work with what you have around you and, when you get the chance, apply what you’ve learned to areas of great beauty.

  75. These are absolutely stunning photos! Thank you for taking us along on this journey.

    • Thanks very much for following along! I should have the next installment posted in the next day or two.

  76. Simply mind blowing

  77. Reblogged this on WANNA GO TO AMERICA ! and commented:
    Magnifiques photos des paysages des Canadians Rockies (les Montagnes Rocheuses canadiennes)

  78. Your last picture “Takakkaw Falls and the Yoho River Black & White, Yoho National Park, British Columbia” is incredible. And the others are just pure orgasms for the eyes.

    • First time I’ve had my images described with such a risque metaphor…I think. 🙂

      In any case, thanks very much!

  79. Absolutely breathtaking! I hope to one day take photos this beautiful and moving. I have lots to learn. Definitely a place I have to visit one day. Maybe it’ll even top one of my favorite places in the world…Yosemite!

    • Thanks very much.

      Having been to Yosemite myself–beautiful as it is (and it surely is that)–I’d have to describe the Canadian Rockies as even more magnificent, though I’m not sure it’s an entirely fair comparison, given that the latter covers a far larger swath of territory.

  80. Such a beautiful area. Lovely pics.

    • Thanks very much!

  81. Wauuuuu bellissimo!!

  82. You have made some wonderful pictures.

  83. Gorgeous photos!!

    • Thanks very much!

  84. oh my…I NEED to go to Moraine Lake! So absolutely beautiful!

    • Yes, Moraine Lake is one of the most deserved iconic locations in North America, if not the world.

  85. Wonderful pictures capturing the magic of the Rockies! 🙂 Looking forward to seeing the pictures from the Icefields Parkway, which in my option must be one of the most beautiful drives in the world.

  86. Nice

  87. Hey man, this stuff is incredible!

    I’m an amateur photographer and have a few questions if you don’t mind answering them if you have the time

    – What kind of camera/lens were you using?
    – What was the f/ and shutter speed?
    – out of curiosity, how many shots did you take of each scenery?
    – was there any post-edit (cropping.. lighting.. etc.)?

    • Thanks.

      In answer to your questions:

      Camera: Nikon D800E

      Lenses: I carry four lenses with me; three of them were used ti produce the images in this post – 14-24/2.8; 24-70/2.8; 80-400/4.5-5.6 VR G. I also carry a 200 mm macro lens.

      Number of shots–it’s hard to say, as I often bracket exposures for possible blending, focus stacking or HDR work. Several hundred frames were exposed that day accounting for,perhaps 60-70 unique compositions.

      f/stop and shutter speed vary widely depending on the shot. The images here ranged from f/7.1 to f/16; shutter speeds are all over the board.

      There’s always post-processing, because I shoot RAW 100% of the time when it comes to landscapes. All shots need to be converted, so I always fine tune the white balance. Beyond that, postprocessing work depends on the specific shot. Some need nothing more than a simple curves adjustment. In other cases, I engage in far more involved work. My post processing tools include:

      1) Capture NX2 (RAW conversion)
      2) Photomatix for any HDR or faux HDR work; I’m also looking into Oloneo as a possible HDR alternative
      3) Helicon Focus for focus stacking
      4)AutoPanoPro for any panorama stitching
      5) Photoshop CS6 w/Nik suite of plug-ins as a basic editing tool

      Hope that helps. If you’re interested in information about a specific image, let me know and I’ll provide the details.

  88. Gorgeous photos!!! Great work!

  89. Stunning!

  90. So many stunning shots. I loved the larches amidst the firs. You’ve captured Nature at her finest.

    • Thanks very much!

  91. Beautiful shots and description! Love how much the fall months are being portrayed

  92. All of the pictures are amazing it looks so beautiful and peaceful.

  93. Reblogged this on lovinhappiness8 and commented:
    What a nice place. Love to feel and experience mother nature though.

  94. nice

  95. Reblogged this on HITCHCOCK'S VERTIGO and commented:
    This one goes out to Robert Jones, writer and photographer.

  96. Really captured the essence of that majestic part of our world. Thank you.

    • Thanks very much!

  97. Kerry — whenever anybody has that trivia question ‘where was the most beautiful place you ever stood?’ I always have to say Banff. like a little taste of heaven. Must have been amazing to have it to yourself… I was intrigued by the falls and river shots. The river looks whitewastathataeration

  98. Sorry, don’t know why I couldn’t type my comment! Was trying to ask if the whiteness of the river was aeration from the falls…

    • Thanks for taking the time to leave a remark.

      Yes, Banff is sensational, and it was a wonderful experience to scratch the surface (so to speak) there just a bit.

      I assume your question deals with the images from the Yoho River. As best I can tell, the whitish color–and it is indeed very pale looking, as is the Kicking Horse River, which the Yoho eventually meets–is a function of the murkiness caused by the considerable amount of silt in the river and the extreme, natural whitewater conditions. Both the Yoho and the Kicking Horse are torrents–roaring torrents in places and at certain times. The combination of the two circumstances leads to the river’s milky appearance.

  99. STunning views

  100. so beautiful! you definitely seem to have done justice to the amazing views

    • Thanks very much!

  101. omg..stunning photos!! my husband is canadian but too bad canada doesnt seem to be possible place to live for us. too expensive for us. thanks for such beautiful photos..makes me want to live by that lake bank and swim in its clear water every day! 😀

    • Thanks very much!

      Yes, Morraine Lake is a beautiful place.

  102. Stunning Photos!

  103. Your photos are breathtaking

    • Thanks very much!

  104. wow, beautiful photography!!!

  105. What a most beautiful part of the earth, love all your photos. I’ve never been in Canada but it sure looks like a very special place! Enjoyed your post very much indeed.

    • Thanks very much! The Canadian Rockies are, indeed, a spectacularly beautiful region. This was my first visit to the area; with luck it won’t be my last.

  106. These pictures very good.Thanks

  107. Love your set of photos, especially waterfall 🙂

  108. What a beautiful photo !

  109. Thats amazing !! Wolves are my favourite animals and i study them do u no if there are any wolves in this part of Canada it looks like a place great for timber wolves

    • There absolutely are wolves in the Canadian Rockies–I saw them on two occasions while I was in the region, once (the proverbial gray lone wolf) in Jasper and a small pack (black wolves!) in David Thompson Country. There may be some northern timber wolves in the Jasper area, but I’m not sure if they routinely show up that far south in Alberta. I wouldn’t expect to see them as far south as Lake Louise, but I’m no expert. 🙂

  110. Yeah, they Rock! Thx … c

  111. Stunning!

    • Thanks very much!

  112. Yeah to bad about the rainy overcast.But it is still a beautiful picture

    • Thanks!

      • Your welcome

  113. Great photgraphy, its beautiful 🙂

    • Thanks very much!

  114. I love it

  115. Great pics. 🙂

  116. […] stopping this time at another boggy area that included the first larches I’d seen since my time at Banff National Park, most notably at Saddleback Pass and a day earlier on the Opabin Plateau at Yoho National Park.  […]

  117. That’s a painting. He didn’t really go to that spot

    • Yes he did. 🙂

      • It looks like paint. The way things run color togather.

        • Can you specify which image you’re referring to?

        • The only one I commented on. Don’t look real. It’s paint.

        • Do not want to argue you say yes I say no. I would like to agree to disagree. I did not mean to open a can of worms, I apologize.

        • I don’t want to argue either.

          Understand that the reason I’m taking exception to your characterization that “he wasn’t there” is that *I* am the photographer who made all of the images that are attached to post you commented upon. So, when I say “he was there,” I know what I’m talking about–I’m referring to myself. 🙂

          Believe me, these are photographs, not paintings.

  118. Beautiful!! I hope to make it up to Canada this summer, fingers crossed!

    • Thanks!

      And, I hope you get a chance to get up there this year.

  119. absolutely breathtaking photos. thank you – made my day =)

    • Thanks very much!

  120. Breathtaking place. Fabulous photography. Awesome

  121. Although all your shots were wonderfully composed, the one I really love is that of Takakkaw Falls from the Yoho River, it was super. Thank you for posting these shots of your trip into this area!

    • Thanks very much for the kind words.

  122. Reblogged this on musaphirhunyaaro and commented:
    bucket list.

  123. Some lovely pictures here – well done!

  124. Positively amazing!

  125. Wondeful photos! Great wild Nature!

  126. Beautiful photo! Thank you for sharing them.

  127. […] There were a few “hot spots” along the way–Athabasca Falls, Peyto Lake, Moraine Lake and maybe Mistaya Canyon–where these buses would access a designated parking area, disgorge […]

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