Photography and commentary from John Fujimagari

Posts tagged “mountains

Streamside

Streamside

An interesting spot on a bright winter day.

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Break Through

Break Through

 

There is something about the sun coming out from the clouds that seems to just brighten my day. It’s warming, even on a cold and frosty day like this one.

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Mountain Slope and Flats

Mountain Slope and Flats

 

A contrast in textures, with the rough mountain face above, the soft snow below and the shaggy trees between.

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Open Water, Rampart Flats

Open Water, Rampart Flats

 

Taken near Monday’s image from a different position and a tighter crop. In this shot I wanted to focus more on the trees and the water flowing across the foreground of the frame.

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Whitegoat Morning

Whitegoat Morning

 

On a crispy winter morning the reeds on the edge of Whitegoat Lake are lit by the morning sun.

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Herbert Lake

Herbert Lake

 

When you turn north from Lake Louise on the Icefields Parkway one of the first turnoffs is to the lesser known Herbert Lake. This little gem is a great spot.

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Fresh Snow

Fresh Snow

 

I love the look of clean, fresh, untrammelled snow. Being in the mountains makes the experience even better. Shooting into the sun, with the low hanging clouds, cranks up the contrast to the max.

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Leaning Tree

Leaning Tree

 

The high runoff in the spring raises the water level and increases the erosion and undermines the trees on the edge. When there is no longer enough soil to support the roots, gravity takes hold and pulls the tree over.

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Water Flow

Water Flow

 

From a couple of years ago, just off of the Icefields Parkway between Lake Louise and Jasper. I had tried for a longer shutter speed to smooth out the water, and wish I was able to make an exposure at an even longer exposure, to make the water even smoother.

I do remember a great day in the mountains with a great view.

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Mancos Valley From 7875ft.

Mancos Valley From 7875ft

 

The road to Mesa Verde National Park leaves the valley floor near Mancos, Colorado and just goes up. There is a view point just before the highway turns inland towards the mesa top. This is part of what you can see from the viewpoint. Like the title says, we are at 7875’ elevation. The near ridge on the right is about 3 miles away and the snow capped peaks on the left are twenty miles distant. The air was cold and the wind brisk but invigorating. A great way to start a visit to another fantastic National Park.

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Herbert Lake

Herbert Lake

 

Herbert Lake is one of the lesser known lakes in the Canadian Rockies. It’s a small lake that’s nestled in a small valley that’s a bit protected from the winds in the area. Usually, it’s one of my first stops after I enter the Icefields Parkway from the south at Lake Louise.

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Hidden Mountain

Hidden Mountain

 

Not every day in the mountains is all sunshine and roses. There are a lot of days where the weather descends and nothing is visible. In between are days with a partial view. These days are amazing for creating mood.

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Vermillion Lakes Autumn

Vermillion Lakes Autumn 2

 

This an older shot that I might have posted before in another incarnation. I’ve reprocessed it using the DeHaze tool in Lightroom and it’s brought out more definition in the clouds. Keeping with my autumn theme of the last two weeks, the grasses have turned color and the aspens to the right of the truck are near the same ones from my September 25th post. My favourite details in this image are the larches in their fall colours high on the slopes of Sundance Peak.

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Three Valley Gap Autumn

Three Valley Gap Autumn

 

Right beside the Trans-Canada Highway between Revelstoke and Sicamous, BC, there is this picturesque hotel that is wedged into a deep mountain valley. The part of the hotel in the sunlight stands out brightly with it’s red roof next to the golden and amber deciduous trees. You can see where a small cloud is casting a shadow against the mountain side on the left.

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Mount Lougheed Morning

Mount Lougheed Morning

 

Another image that caught my eye as I was perusing older images. I really enjoyed this image of Mount Lougheed and the Wind Tower.

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Rundle Sunrise

Rundle Sunrise

 

There’s something about standing in the chill dark next to Vermillion Lakes, waiting for the sun to rise. This day had  remarkably still water, for great reflections, and the lack of wind really allowed peaceful contemplation.

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Yoho Reflections

Yoho Reflectionss

 

Mount Dennis reflects in a small pond beside the baseball diamond in Field, BC, next to the Kicking Horse River.

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Road To Castle

Road To Castle

 

Ominous clouds hang over Castle Mountain in Banff National Park. A small opening in the clouds allows sunlight to wash over a patch of forest at the base of the mountain. Highway 1A, The Bow Valley Parkway undulates through the foreground.

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Mt. Ogden In The Mist

Mt. Ogden In The Mist

 

The fall brings bright colors to the foliage and interesting weather. The clouds and fog roll in on Mt Ogden on the right, but I know, up the valley lies Takkakaw Falls and the road usually closes in October, and another summer has passed without a trip up the valley, through the switch backed roads and up the side of the mountain to Canada’s second highest waterfall. More planning for next year.

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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.

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Hillside Shadows

Hillside Shadows

I love to watch the light play on the landscape as I drive through it. Seeing the clean snow on the hillside with the long evergreen shadows, really caught my attention. The clouds nicely framed the scene.

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Cataract On The Coquihalla

Cataract On The Coquihalla

Hopefully spring will actually arrive here, only three weeks after the official start of spring. I reprocessed this older file because it had kind of a spring feeling to it. I liked the freshness of the water and the young foliage in the bottom corner. A slower shutter speed allowed me to smooth the water and better show the flow lines. The image is held together by the solidity and detail in the rocks.

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To The Far Blue Mountains

To The Far Blue Mountains

With apologies to the late Louis L’Amour for the theft of his title, it makes me wonder what the early explorers thought when the came up against this view. At about 70 miles distant, the mountains look closer than they actually are.

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Shoot Where You Are

Shoot Where You Are

The Three Sisters are a Canmore icon. We had been in town running a few errands when the light started to turn on the peaks. We had just exited Canadian Tire, so Sherri jumped in the truck to warm up, and I grabbed my camera and tripod from the back. I set up on the sidewalk in front of the store and this was the shot that I made from there.

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