Yoho Majesty

Emerald Lake, Yoho National Park, British Columbia 

Yoho National Park in British Columbia is often a side trip from nearby Banff National Park, at least it was for me. After my visit there, I know that the next time I visit the Canadian Rockies, Yoho will more than just a side trip. The main attraction in the park is Emerald Lake which is the largest of the 61 lakes that are contained within it's borders. The lake is surrounded by the mountains of the President Range, as well as Mount Burgess and Wapta Mountain. The lake derives it's name from the color of the water which is most vivid in the summer. Due to its high altitude, the lake is frozen from November until June.

Emerald Tranquility

Emerald Lake, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

Many people travel to the Canadian Rockies in western Alberta to experience the wonderful national parks, namely Banff National Park and Jasper National Park. Traveling north on the Icefields Parkway (which connects the two national parks), there is a fabulous side trip (or even overnight stay) that many do not know about or visit, namely Yoho National Park in British Columbia. To reach Yoho, take Route 1 west just north of Lake Louise from Alberta into British Columbia. Not knowing what to expect, we came upon Emerald Lake and were blown away by Yoho’s largest lake. We spent the afternoon there having lunch and strolling around the lake. As you can see, the beautiful emerald water is to die for. Definitely a place to spend more time on on our next visit.

Under the Sails

Canada Place, Vancouver, British Columbia

Quick post and run today. One of the iconic images in Vancouver, British Columbia are the famous sails on the roof of Canada Place. On our last visit to Vancouver, we stayed at the Pan Pacific Hotel which is part of the Canada Place complex. Ever wonder what the inside looks Like? Well now, you don't have to. This image was captured looking up through the skylights of the roof. Have a great weekend everyone!

Purple Mountain Majesty

Mount Robson Provincial Park, British Columbia

When visiting the Canadian Rockies, the first places that come to mind are Banff and Jasper National Parks. There is so much to do and see that many don't usually explore further into the Rockies. When we visited Jasper, the weather was downright awful with rain most of the days we were there. A little bored, we decided to take a trip west into British Columbia to see if we could at least find somewhere where it wasn't raining. As luck would have it, we found Mount Robson Provincial Park. The park is located entirely within British Columbia, bordering Jasper National Park. The park is named for Mount Robson, which is pictured here and is the highest point in the Canadian Rockies. Mount Robson stands tall within the park rising about 7,500 feet from Berg Lake to the summit. As I framed this image, I immediately thought of the words, purple mountain majesty from the song.

Sail Reflections

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Canada Place, with its iconic white sails, is located in the heart of Vancouver’s downtown harbor front. We had finished our Alaskan cruise and we were staying in the Pan Pacific Hotel that is part of Canada Place. Whenever one sees images of Vancouver, the sails of Canada Place are front and forward and almost every tourist guide shows it's image. I tried very hard to shoot it from different angles and, while I managed to get a couple that I sort of liked, I wasn't happy. It wasn't until our last night that I spotted this reflection of Canada Place in the windows of the neighboring pier. While I had noticed this view before, it was the great light and clouds that made the shot for me.

O, Canada

Canada Place, Vancouver, British Columbia

Canada Place, with its iconic white sails, is located in the heart of Vancouver's downtown harbor front. It was opened during Expo ’86 and includes the Pan Pacific Hotel, World Trade Centre, Convention Centre and serves as the main cruise ship terminal for the region, where most of the cruises to Alaska originate or terminate. On this morning, we were coming to the end of our Alaskan cruise that we took this past summer. We had a wonderful time in Alaska and the subsequent cruise down the inside passage. Vancouver is a fantastic place to visit and we were really looking forward to our 3-day stay in Vancouver. As the cruise ship began to position to dock, I fired off a 5-bracket burst and this is the result.

Rushing By

Yukon Suspension Bridge, Fraser, British Columbia

Just a quick post today. I am headed to Maine for a few days and will not be posting the rest of the week. This is an image taken from the middle of the Yukon Suspension Bridge in Fraser, BC. I didn't have my ND filters with me and the light was pretty bright. Fortunately, the bridge was pretty sturdy so that I was able to slow the exposure a bit.

Hope to have some new images from Maine next week.

Glass Canopy

Canada Place, Vancouver, British Columbia

When planning our recent vacation in Alaska, we decided to end our trip in one of my favorite cities, Vancouver. We elected to stay at the Pan Pacific Hotel that is part of Canada Place so we didn't have to go very far when our cruise ship docked. We were very lucky to have some great weather and spent a lot of time exploring the city. The last night of our stay, before we headed home, turned out to be the best night for shooting. There was a golden glow everywhere we walked and the reflections on the surrounding buildings were some of the best I have seen. This view is one of my favorites of the night and I took it as I was leaving the hotel. The hotel's glass canopy with it's geometric shapes nicely framed the buildings that surrounded the city block. As I processed the image, I noticed what I thought were halos but after careful inspection, they turned out to be reflections from the light on the glass.