Bow Lake After Emerald

A recent trip (3 weeks ago) to the Canadian Rockies. It was right after the report of solar flare from the sun and have great possibilities of seeing aurora (northern lights). I decided to head east from Vancouver to Banff and Jasper National Park. It was quite a decision since my friend got only 3 nights and have to be back to Vancouver on the 4th day. The drive is about 10 hours one way. It was quite an intense trip as for distance vs. time. Leaving Vancouver in the afternoon, I headed straight to Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park and arrived a little pasted midnight. Moon already up hiding behind the thick clouds. Make it a great illumination for the mountains. The lights from Emerald Lake Lodge is a bit much for the night shot. So I took another exposure to keep the light down a bit. The lights from the lodge also gave some good lighting on the rocks along the shore.

Emerald Night Reflection

Emerald Night Reflection

After the quick stop at Emerald Lake, I drove to Bow Lake to have a quick nap there while waiting for the sunrise. Didn’t get to sleep much after all because of the ever changing weather providing some amazing photo opportunities. The panorama below was taken around 3am, combine with 5 vertical shots.

Bow Lake Moonlit Night Pano

Bow Lake Moonlit Night Pano

I can’t even remember how long I actually slept, but I’m sure I was well awake after I saw the fog rolling in from the mountains to the surface of the lake. I was around 5am when I move to another spot getting inside the fog. And it was one of my favourite morning without any questions!

Misty First Light

Misty First Light

Awaken Dream

Awaken Dream

Mist

Mist

I certainly took way more than 3 shots that morning, but here I’m trying to pick a few with different framing for today. More to come!!

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