Rural landscapes: evening sky

EVENING SKY NEAR PINCHER CREEK, ALBERTA, CANADA

I find wind turbines to be a fascinating photo subject and there are hundreds of them in the deep south of this western Canadian province. A soap-opera sky made this scene worth capturing. Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter, graduated density (darkening) filter on the sky.

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Pincher Creek turbines

Natural landscapes: the remains of rain

MISTY MORNING IN MONARCH WOODS, KITCHENER, ONTARIO, CANADA

After a night of rain, this forest (in the middle of suburbia west of Toronto, Canada’s largest city) was wet, super muggy and gloriously saturated with colour and atmosphere. Made at least a dozen “keeper” images here. Nikon D90, tripod, polarizing filter.

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Monarch Woods Kitchener

Natural landscapes: into the park

ROAD TO THE TOWN, WATERTON LAKES NATIONAL PARK, ALBERTA, CANADA

I knew there would be a good road/mountain photograph in this Rocky Mountain park. So when I left after an overnight photo trip, I was on the lookout until finding this spot. A graduated density (darkening) filter was important to darken the sky. This is one of the windiest places in Canada, but on this morning, it was quite tolerable. Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter.

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Waterton road

Natural landscapes: abstract light

SUNSET AT SAUBLE BEACH, ONTARIO, CANADA

Combine glorious sunset light with fantastical beach sand formations like this and the result is abstract glory. What I so like about this scene, photographed on the shores of Lake Huron, is that without anything to provide scale, you could be looking at a small section of beach or a massive landform photographed from a plane. Nikon D50, tripod.

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Sauble web1

Natural landscapes: the budding flower

RHODODENDRONS, VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA

While I loved all the flowers, it was the one that was about to bud that provided a focus for this scene. Nikon D7100, tripod.

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Vancouver flowers

Natural landscapes: waterfall wonder

SUMMER AT BIG HILL SPRINGS PROVINCIAL PARK, NEAR COCHRANE, ALBERTA

This little park, about a half-hour drive from my home in the western Canadian city of Calgary, is my reliable “go to” photo locale when the weather is lousy. There are about a dozen waterfalls, ranging from a foot to 20 feet high, all within a 10 minute walk. It’s an amazing spot. (And you can see it during winter here: http://wp.me/p2ccTX-od). Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter.

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Summer at Big Hill Springs

Rural landscapes: summer in the foothills

FARMSTEAD NEAR BLACK DIAMOND, ALBERTA, CANADA

I needed a big telephoto lens and a sturdy tripod to pull in this distant view and squeeze the distance between the buildings, foothills and Rocky Mountain front ranges. What an amazing mix of landforms, eh? I am truly blessed to live in this part of God’s glorious cathedral. :-) Nikon D90, polarizing filter.

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Urban landscapes: SFU

SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY, BURNABY, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA

I had seen photos of this university and they looked so intriguing that when I visited Vancouver recently, I made an early-morning trip to nearby Burnaby and checked out the campus. Designed in 1965, it definitely shows some wear & tear. And yet, scenes like this had made me very excited for the artistic possibilities (especially after the sun finally broke out of the clouds). Tripod, polarizing filter.

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Simon Fraser University, Burnaby

Rural landscapes: derelict

DECAYING HOMESTEAD, NEAR PINCHER CREEK, ALBERTA, CANADA

I plunged deep into the archives and when I resurfaced, it was with this gem from the 1990s. I photographed it with a medium-format film camera (thus the squarish format) in harsh light, but with a pretty good sky. I understand that building was also used in a movie or two. Not sure if it’s still standing. Pentax 6×7, Fuji 220 slide film (ASA 50), 45-mm. wide-angle lens, tripod, polarizing filter.

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Old House

Natural landscapes: observing the glacier

CAVELL LAKE & GLACIER, JASPER NATIONAL PARK, ALBERTA, CANADA

The light was harsh, but I think this scene turned out OK, particularly when you notice the tiny people near the bottom. That’s when you realize the massive size of the glacier. This was photographed near Mt. Edith Cavell, an incredible drive in this glorious Canadian Rocky Mountain national park.

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Cavell Lake, Cavell Glacier

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