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Smoke In The Valley

Smoke In The Valley

 

As the forest fires continue, the smoke continues to flow down the valleys creating some wild looking colours in the skies. In the foothills west of Calgary, visibility is much reduced across the Bow Valley. The sun is muted through the smoke.

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Bow Valley Smoke

Bow Valley Smoke

 

The sun breaks through the clouds as I head into the Bow Valley towards Banff National Park. The smoke has been hanging in the air for the last couple weeks, and it creates a layered effect in the mountains.

In the best light…

Red Sunrise At Lac Des Arc

Red Sunrise At Lac Des Arc

 

With the smoke in the area from the forest fires further north, the morning and evening sunlight has been strangely coloured. The cement plant on the left fades to grey as the red light glistens on the ripples in the water.

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Burmis Tree In Better Times

Burmis Tree In Better Times

 

The Burmis Tree, aka The Twisted Tree, stands at the eastern entrance to the Crowsnest Pass in Southern Alberta. It died in the late 1970’s, so was already 8-10 years dead when I made this photograph. Since taking this image in 1986 or 7 the poor tree has been blown over in a windstorm and vandalized. Both times local supporters helped repair the damage and prop up the branches. It is said to be the most photographed tree in Alberta, possibly in Canada.

Nikon FM, Nikkor 50mm f/1.4, Kodachrome 64, Epson V600, Adobe Photoshop CC, Nik Software Color Efex Pro 

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Ducks In A Row

Ducks In A Row

 

I remember a warm summer’s evening connected with this image. We were at the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary walking on the paths and looked back towards the west across the lagoon. An old log was sticking out into the water and was lined with ducks, a lone bird paddled his way out to the end. I liked the way that his wake melded in with the ripples on the water. The golden light  before sunset was an added bonus.

Nikon FM, Tamron 70-210mm, Kodachrome 64, Epson V600, Adobe Photoshop CC, Nik Software Color Efex Pro

In the best light…

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