Natural landscapes: water for a parched land

KAMLOOPS LAKE, NEAR KAMLOOPS, BRITISH COLUMBIA

This 29-kilometre lake is in the middle of semi-arid desert that receives only about 10 inches of rain annually. But it’s fed by the Thompson River, which enters at the east end and exits at the west end. I loved the fascinating landscape and the contrast between very wet and very dry.
Nikon D90, tripod.

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Rural landscapes: under the threatening sky

SPRING POND NEAR AIRDRIE, ALBERTA

Every April and May, I tour the prairies of this western Canadian province searching out compelling ponds of melted snow. I’m often rewarded by scenes like this, captured just a little north of my home in Calgary.
Nikon D7100, tripod, two graduated density (darkening) filters on the sky.

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Natural landscapes: the trees of spring

FLOODED FORESTLAND, PRESQUILE PROVINCIAL PARK, ONTARIO

Went back to 2006 to find this image from one of my favourite photo destinations in southern Ontario. I liked the arrangement of tree trunks and the side lighting, so I tried a big telephoto view and came up with this almost abstract composition.
This park is tiny (less than 9.5 square kilometres), but it has a remarkable mix of landscapes: sand dunes, beaches, wetlands, forests and fields.
Nikon D50, tripod, polarizing filter

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Natural landscapes: the ice of spring

CREEK ICE, CANMORE, ALBERTA

Spring comes very slowly–and with many detours back to winter–in the Canadian Rockies. I was looking for images along Canmore Creek and right off the bat, this ice grabbed my attention. I want for a long exposure so the splashing water wouldn’t distract you from the ice shapes and textures.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter, two neutral density (darkening) filters

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Rural landscapes: a lighthouse on the prairies?

SUNRISE LIGHT AT SYLVAN LAKE, ALBERTA

This beautiful lake, about 90 minutes drive from my Calgary home, has become a vacation destination with a charming townsite of 16,000 and all the usual summer lake activities. I visited shortly after an April sunrise and found still water and a dramatic sky – perfect conditions for pictures like this.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter

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Urban landscapes: go this way

DOWNTOWN BICYCLE/WALKING PATH, CALGARY, ALBERTA

A pre-dawn photo outing in this western Canadian city led me to a strong graphic design along the banks of the Bow River. A vertical approach was a no-brainer, so you could get a good look at what pedestrians and cyclists have ahead of them. That’s early spring snow along the right side of the path.
Nikon D7100, tripod, two graduated density (darkening) filters on the sky.

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Urban landscapes: the lights before dawn

BOW RIVER REFLECTIONS, CALGARY, ALBERTA

I was crossing this western Canadian city’s famous Peace Bridge (you can see the bridge here: https://wp.me/p2ccTX-tm) when I looked west and saw how beautifully the river reflected lights along Memorial Drive and an LRT bridge. I made lots of long-exposure pictures, but the best ones included the light of a train crossing the bridge.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter

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Urban landscapes: the spheres, exploded

ONE OF THE ENTRANCES TO THE PLATFORM INNOVATION CENTRE, CALGARY, ALBERTA

I’ve had my eyes on this seven-story architectural innovation for several months. Finally approached it a short time ago and found the massive size and high fences on each outside parking level to be quite challenging.
But one of the entrances had more than 30 chrome-finished spheres/balls suspended high above the doors and they definitely grabbed my attention. I made a few satisfying documentary-style pictures in the dim early morning light, then tried zooming my lens in and out during the long exposures.
The results were so eye-popping that I made a dozen exposures and picked the best three or four. This is one of the keepers, converted into monotone because there was so little colour in the scene. What do you think?
Nikon D7100, tripod

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Rural landscapes: the spring country road

MT. YAMNUSKA, BOW VALLEY PROVINCIAL PARK, ALBERTA

I drove deep into the Canadian Rockies on a fruitless search for landscapes with snowy trees. But on the way back home, I was blessed with ideal conditions on the very edge of the mountains. This is one result of that wonderously wintery early spring day.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter

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Natural landscapes: the stunning sunrise light

DAWN ALONG THE ICEFIELDS PARKWAY, BANFF NATIONAL PARK, ALBERTA

I don’t know the name of these peaks, but I see them every time I drive the parkway. On this morning, the first light of dawn forced me to stop and record the stunning beauty. The colour version is wonderful (you can see it here: https://bit.ly/BanffSnowyMountains) but, as is so often the case, going black-and-white increases the drama.
Nikon D7100, 70-300 mm. zoom lens, tripod, polarizing filter

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