I’ve been wanting to share this photo for a while, but I could never seem to completely love it. With all of my photography, I choose not to share a photo unless it meets my own personal standards. I’m very critical with my photos, so my standards are quite high. In saying that, I haven’t shared a lot of my photography in the past few years because I felt that the photos weren’t quite good enough, or I couldn’t figure out how to make them to embody the feeling I had when I took the photo.
With all my photography, I try to capture not only the subject but the emotions I felt during that second in time when capturing a photograph. Looking back on each photo, it brings back a memory. I remember how happy and excited I felt during that moment when taking a photo I now treasure. I’ve always wanted my photos to reflect how I see the world and the joy it brings. Most importantly, I want them to reflect how thankful I am to call earth home.
Moose, Moose, Moose!
For the longest time, it seemed as though I was the only person who couldn’t find a moose in the wild to save my soul. Fortunately, I was able to find a region in Southern Alberta that has an entire family of Moose! The other day while out exploring, I was very fortunate to have an encounter with a mom and her two calves! I’m very thankful that the family is healthy and, in a region, where they are protected so the population can continue to thrive.
This winter solstice, I was fortunate enough to capture the full cold moon in the unique location of Writing-on-Stone. This was a rare occurrence for the cold moon due to the moon rising on the exact day of the winter solstice. This phenomenon doesn't happen very often and in fact, won't happen again until the winter solstice of 2094!
On the way to Writing-on-Stone, I made a stop to photograph one of my favorite barns. Once we arrived, the temperature hovered around 6°C. Waiting for the moon, I wandered through the Hoodoos to capture the fading sunset over the Milk River. As I sat on the Hoodoos waiting for the moon to rise over the visitor center, the temperature required some hot pockets to keep me warm. Although I couldn't complain, there was no snow on the 21st of December! Not long after the sunset, the moon began to break the horizon for the perfect photo.
These photos were taken on December 21nd, 2018.
Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park, Alberta.
Winter at Lundbreck Falls, Alberta
As the sun began to set and the temperature began to drop, I hiked down the snow-covered stairs, waded through drifts, and climbed over the icy rocks to get to the bottom of Lundbreck falls. Almost completely frozen, I stood amazed by the beauty and intricacy of the frozen icicles. Taking photos alone allows me the time to admire the beauty of the Landscape and capture an image that closely reflects how I see the landscape at that moment in time. Waterfalls anytime of year are incredible, but especially in mid-winter; as each photo will never be the same. The force of the water behind the ice breaks off portions of icicles and the water refreezes constantly. This allows for a unique spin on a popular photographed waterfall.
This photo was taken from the upper viewing platform, December 7th, 2018.
This photo was taken from the bottom of the stairs, December 7th, 2018.
Waterton is beautiful year round, but winter is by far my favorite season in the park. The quaint park that I love so much starts to take on a new form. Tourist season is over, bears are in hibernation, and all the shops are closed. Streets are empty and you quickly become enchanted by the magic of the park. By this time of the year, the bighorn sheep have descended from the higher elevations and spend their days in the townsite, making for beautiful subjects to photograph. Mountains are snowcovered and glisten in the sunshine, adding to the magical feeling of the park. Cameron falls starts to freeze and form beautiful icicle formations, creating a unique spin on a popular photographed waterfall. Here's a look of Cameron Falls from November 13th.
Nestled in the corner of Southern Alberta, Castle Mountain Provincial Park is home to both breathtaking landscapes and abundant wildlife. Fall has fast approached in the Castle region, where rut is in full swing. Many creatures are preparing for the rut, including elk and moose. Elk can be heard bugling in the not so distant backcountry, right from the road. Elk aren't the only creatures roaming about this time of year; moose graze in the marshes, deer in the meadows, and bears scavenge for their last meals before hibernation. During this trip, I sat and watched a moose and her calf eat the last leaves and berries off the bushes as they prepare for winter. Wholly concealed within the dark shrubs, almost hidden from my sight, the moose were undisturbed by my presence. As I watched, they continued eat the last leaves and berries before moving back into the tree line.
The drive up Highway 774 to Castle Mountain Ski Resort, any season, is worth your time. If you're feeling a bit adventurous, there are many backroads (forestry trunk roads) that will lead you through the bush to the top of the mountain; where you will discover the view of a lifetime.
Photograph taken: October 6th, 2018
Fall in Lethbridge, Alberta
Fall in the Lethbridge River Valley is stunning. Growing up in Lethbridge, I've watched this magical place transform with each season for years. For me, exploring the trails and rediscovering the landscape is what makes this place magical. As the leaves fall and winter approaches, this beautiful landscape takes on a unique charm. The vivid fall colors, bright blue sky, combined with the architecture of the High-Level Bridge, make the perfect fall picture of the River Valley. As a photographer, I've been blessed to call this beautiful landscape home.
For those who haven't taken the time to explore the trails, and are looking for more information, The Helen Schuler Nature Centre is a great place to start. The nature preserve contains interactive exhibits & children's programs with information about both the landscapes and wildlife of the River Valley.
Photograph taken: September 21, 2018