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Golden larches at Sunshine Meadows

This year’s Canadian Rockies Tour went beyond my wildest expectations! We had tremendous weather, incredible fall colours, which, combined with high water volume at most waterfalls has given breathtaking results.

The first full day started in Canmore and of course we had to go to Mount Yamnuska where the poplar’s were in their full fall glory. I was inspired to take my first Yamnuska panorama.

Later that morning we moved to Lake Louise, via the Bow Valley Parkway and photographed bull Elk and poplars. The next morning started at Herbert Lake. We had dramatic clouds, some pink light and mist; an awesome combination!

Fall panorama of Mount Yamnuska

Golden light reflected off a small creek in Jasper National Park

Then we went to Sunshine, met our hiking guide Joel and went up to Sunshine Meadows. This was my first fall visit to Sunshine Meadows and I wasn’t disappointed. Joel is a very knowledgeable, friendly guide who told us about the area as we walked from one location to another. If you need a guide in the Lake Louise or Banff area then contact Joel and Nadine at Great Divide Nature Interpretation. At each photo stop I showed the group some tricks with solid neutral density filters as well as the benefit of polarizing filters.

The following day was wet and I spent the morning teaching everyone how to take panoramas and gave some tips on using Lightroom. In the afternoon we had a ‘show and tell’ in the lounge at the Post Hotel. The weather cleared up and we dashed off to Takakkaw Falls and the Kicking Horse river for the afternoon light.

Medicine Lake at sunset

The following day we went to Moraine Lake for sunrise and then left Lake Louise and had a leisurely drive up the Icefield’s Parkway to Jasper, the weather was stunning and perfect for this magnificent drive. During our stay in Jasper, we saw rutting Elk just outside the town and photographed some beautiful sunrises and sunsets at a variety of places in the area.

It was another fun photo tour for me and my last of the year. I’ve decided to run the trip again in 2011, so stay tuned for more details!

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