Natural landscapes: where’s the marble?

MARBLE CANYON, KOOTENAY NATIONAL PARK, BRITISH COLUMBIA

Perhaps the name comes from the beautiful hues of the rock base at the top of this canyon, in the glorious Canadian Rocky Mountains. Maybe there’s another reason. But I’ve never heard of marble coming from this location. Still, it makes for a wonderful photo. This entire area was swept by fire about 15 years ago, so all the surrounding forest has been replaced by stark tree trunks and growth in various stages below.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter.

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Marble Canyon Rockies

Urban landscapes: waiting for passengers

SEAPLANES, VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA

No matter how often I see them when I visit this region (the third largest, by population, in Canada), I’m always amazed to see seaplanes in the midst of epic urban development. Many of these planes commute passengers to and from their homes on Vancouver Island (usually Nanaimo). The strong morning light made this scene particularly attractive.
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Wildlife: the hairy yellow eyeball

PRAIRIE HARE, CALGARY, ALBERTA, CANADA

Larger and leaner than your standard rabbit, these hares are very common where I live. It’s a rare day when I don’t see at least two or three on my front lawn, or in the back lane or hanging out at the neighbourhood park.
This one, on my lawn, didn’t move when I walked past on the front walk. So I went inside, put the 70-300 mm. zoom lens on my Nikon D7100, then spent a half-hour sitting on my butt and slowing moving ever closer to make all kinds of compositions. This one is appealing because his (her?) one ear is partly at attention.

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Hare rabbit Canada

Natural landscapes: downtown waterfall

RIDEAU FALLS, DOWNTOWN OTTAWA, ONTARIO, CANADA

Canada’s capital city has all kinds of tourist attractions – world-class museums, Canada’s parliament and supreme court, NHL and CFL teams and waterfalls. Yes, the Rideau River plunges down a beautiful cascade into the Ottawa River — while traffic roars by just a few metres away. A looooong exposure ensured the plunging water became a soothing silky flow.
Nikon D90, tripod, polarizing filter.

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Natural landscapes: when morning strikes

LOOKING NORTH FROM CYPRESS HILLS PROVINCIAL PARK, ALBERTA, CANADA

This park, in the deep south of Alberta, is a rarity – it continues east into the province of Saskatchewan, making it an ‘interprovincial’ park. I overnighted here in 2009, sleeping in my car so I could photograph deep into dusk and then be up in plenty of time to capture this sunrise. The landscape in this telephoto view reminds me of the famed, much-photographed Palouse region in the U.S. state of Washington.
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Cypress Hills Alberta Canada sunrise

Natural landscapes: Cascade clouds

SPRING GREEN, SPRING SNOW, BANFF NATIONAL PARK, ALBERTA

I was investigating the remains of a long abandoned mining town in the Canadian Rockies when I saw this mix of sunlit spring green, snowy trees and clouds. The tree on the left serves as a connector between the three layers of this scene. The partially shrouded peak is Cascade mountain, which is often seen lording over the town of Banff in tourist postcards.
Nikon D90, tripod, polarizing filter.

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Rural landscapes: the sky above them

GRAIN BINS AND PRAIRIE SKY, AIRDRIE, ALBERTA, CANADA

This old bins are a welcome contrast to the corrugated steel bins that dot the Canadian prairies. Sadly, one of the bins has collapsed since this photo was made in 2009. But I’ll always have this picture. And this field is just 15 minutes drive from my home in nearby Calgary. :-)
Nikon D50, tripod, polarizing filter.

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Airdrie grain bins Alberta prairies

Natural landscapes: the drama of daybreak

SUNRISE ON GULL LAKE, ASPEN BEACH PROVINCIAL PARK, ALBERTA

I made this photo in 2009, but even now, that morning still stands out as one of the most amazing sunrises I’ve ever been blessed to witness. This lake, in central Alberta, is a popular summer recreation destination. But for some people, it’s just an oversized slough. I recall showing this and other sunrise photos from that morning to a co-worker who had a summer job at Gull Lake. It took several minutes of convincing before she would consider this to be her old summer job location.
Nikon D50, tripod.

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Gull Lake sunrise Alberta Canada

Natural landscapes: those moments of dusk

APPROACHING DARKNESS, TOFINO, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA

The west coast of Vancouver Island is a sublime mix of glorious beaches, rainforest, whales, eagles, starfish and so much more. This scene, on Mackenzie Beach, was just a five-minute walk from the cottage we rented for a week. I spent a half-hour capturing various versions of this scene. As the darkness gathered, I was making 30-second exposures to gather all the light. That’s why the water looks so silky.
Nikon D7100, tripod, graduated density (darkening) filter on the sky.

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Canada Tofino dusk

Natural landscapes: the lower falls

SPRING AT DECEW FALLS, NEAR ST. CATHARINES, ONTARIO

The Niagara Penninsula is one of the richest areas in Canada for waterfalls. While it’s best known for Niagara Falls, there are dozens of other photogenic cascades between Niagara Falls and Hamilton. This is the lower of two glorious waterfalls on Twelve-Mile Creek. Getting access can be challenging but, as you can see, it’s worth the effort.
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