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Mount Edith Cavell

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On the morning of September 5th we went to the visitor center in Jasper and got a permit for that afternoon to drive up to Mount Edith Cavell. (Renovation of the parking lot there prompted the rationing of parking spaces throughout 2017.) After reaching the lot, we hiked to the overlook for the mountain. The photograph above, taken at a mildly wide-angle focal length of 40mm, shows the meltwater lake at the base of one face of the mountain. If you click the thumbnail below you’ll suddenly find yourself looking much more closely at a prettily patterned portion of pale blue ice on the lake’s far shore, thanks to the magic of my telephoto lens zoomed to its maximum 400mm.

Two weeks after our visit, the road to Mount Edith Cavell closed for the season.

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October 27, 2017 at 4:48 AM

The last time from Hinton to Jasper

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On the morning of September 6th we checked out of our hotel in Hinton and, after stopping at the town’s Beaver Boardwalk, headed west to Jasper for the second and last time. As on the previous morning, I planned to stop and take pictures of the ponds along the highway in eastern Jasper National Park. My timing was good: these ducks (female mergansers, according to several commenters) were the first thing I saw after I got out of the car and walked across the road toward the pond.

If you’re interested in photography as a craft, you’ll find that points 6 and 19 in About My Techniques are relevant to today’s picture.

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October 25, 2017 at 4:54 AM

From Hinton back to Jasper

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On the morning of September 5th, reversing the course we’d so recently taken, we set out westward from Hinton, Alberta, back toward Jasper. The previous evening I’d managed to use the day’s last light to eke out a few photographs of trees reflected in one of the ponds along Highway 16. Now, wondering how the ponds would look by morning light, I figured the sun would probably be on the wrong side of things for good pictures. I was partly right, because I did have to push the ISO up to 3200, but other than that the morning light worked well, waking up colors in the water that had already retired for the night when we’d stopped there 13 hours earlier.

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October 24, 2017 at 4:45 AM

East to Hinton

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We planned to use the town of Hinton, Alberta, about an hour east of Jasper, as a base for exploring parts of Jasper National Park. As we headed toward Hinton on Canada Highway 16 early in the evening of September 4th, we passed several ponds on the south side of the highway that caught my attention and made me pull over to see whether I could take some photographs. I say “whether” because it was almost 8 o’clock, the sun had settled below the hills, and there wasn’t much light left. I found that by raising my camera’s ISO to 1600 and using my telephoto lens’s widest aperture of f/4.5, I could indeed get a few pictures.

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October 23, 2017 at 4:50 AM

Crowfoot Glacier seen from and in Bow Lake

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On September 4th we headed north up the Icefields Parkway, often considered one of the most scenic drives in the world. It is. The first place along the route where we spent significant time was Bow Lake, shown here with the Crowfoot Glacier reflected in it.

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October 9, 2017 at 5:01 AM

New Zealand: Flax reflected

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Just because I stopped showing pictures of New Zealand after returning from the big South Dakota trip doesn’t mean you couldn’t have been regaled with more of them. Here, for example, is a view from February 22 showing flax plants reflected in one of the South Island’s Mirror Lakes. No upside-down sign needed.

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September 7, 2017 at 5:09 AM

Buttercup Creek landscape

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Here’s a vertical winter landscape showing Buttercup Creek in the town of Cedar Park on a mild and clear February 4. The dry grass may have been switchgrass, Panicum virgatum, and it spoke to the previous season, but the black willow trees, Salix nigra, were already rising into spring with reddish new growth in their crowns. Not far away I found some unaccustomed little flowers, about which you’ll see and hear more next time.

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February 20, 2016 at 5:01 AM

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