View Full Version : Winter in Canadian Rockies 2013

02-16-2013, 10:19 AM
Last week I spent 4 days on a photo tour of the canadian Rockies. If this might be something you are interested in, I could not recommend it highly enough. Darwin Wigget and Alan Ernst (owner - Aurum Lodge where our home base was) are awesome guides who really know the area and where to catch awesome light!
Here;s some highlights of the trip:

Ice Bubbles on Abraham lake at sunrise:


WhirlPool Point on the North Saskatchewan River:



I'll add More to this thread as I go....

02-16-2013, 10:23 AM
Lovely set Casil. I want to move to Alberta

02-16-2013, 10:24 AM
Thanks Marko...it really was pretty awesome out there!

02-16-2013, 02:34 PM
Gorgeous set...I love the patterns in the ice shots. that last shot would be a great composition for doing a night-sky time-lapse...which at some point I intend to do...

02-16-2013, 03:16 PM
Awesome Casil, especially that first one. I'd love to see a big print of that one. It is definitely worthy of being on the wall.

02-16-2013, 06:32 PM
Thanks a bunch!
A couple more:

Mountain Storm:

Lone Pine in same storm:

02-17-2013, 05:50 AM
Oh wow, lovely shots all, Casil. If I had to pick a fave, it would have to be those last two fog shots. Just beautiful. Hmmmmmmm, then again, I REALLY like the ice in #1, AND the pp in #3 really makes the scene. Just an awesome set overall.

02-17-2013, 10:01 AM
Thanks HBG....I like the fog ones best overall as well. :)

02-17-2013, 11:20 AM
Abraham lake is well known (featured by Darwin Wiggett in many of his Rockies shots) for its bubble formations in the ice in winter. Abraham Lake is a man made lake (North Saskatchewan River was damned and flooded in the 70's) and supplies hydro power to the city of Red Deer and other town along the way. The decomposing vegetation beneath the lake releases methane gas which bubbles up and becomes encased in ice and stacked on top of each other as the ice gets thicker in winter. These bubbles come all shapes and sizes andc create the neatest abstract formations!



02-17-2013, 02:55 PM
these are awesome. All of them. But I love love love that last one of the b&w bubbles

02-17-2013, 07:04 PM
Great set. To try to find a favourite would be a bit like trying to choose between your kids. Each has outstanding elements that I really like. Congratulations

Looks like the trip was worthwhile and enjoyable.

Cape Bretoner
02-17-2013, 07:41 PM
Very nice set! My parents are heading out this way in July! My father (Corporalloius) can't wait to see the mountains!

John Marks
02-18-2013, 08:21 AM
OMG what a beautiful set. I so want to go there to shoot. Those frozen bubble shots are all fantastic.

02-18-2013, 09:43 AM
post 6, shot 2. Love it.

02-18-2013, 11:51 AM
Thanks again for all the kind words....
Hoodoo Creek Bubbles in Monochrome:


Doug L
02-19-2013, 06:16 AM
All of the images are gorgeous!!! If I had to pick a favourite, it would be the colour closeup of the bubbles. Thanks for the methane bubble info too.

02-22-2013, 07:52 AM
Impossible to pick a favourite, casil. These are all wonderful shots. Looks like you had a fabulous time and came back with some amazing images. :thumbup::thumbup:

02-22-2013, 08:29 PM
Many thaks for all the kind words gang..still more processing to do but I'm taking a bit of a break for a bit.

02-28-2013, 08:47 PM
On day 1 we hiked into a place called The Galleria...a slot canyon on the Cline River that had this awesome frozen waterfall. Very popular with ice climbers on the weekend. On a Wednesday, we were the only ones there!



02-28-2013, 08:52 PM
A couple more Mountain shots
Reflection on the ice of the North Saskatchewan River:


Mist and Light on the Mountain:

03-06-2013, 12:09 PM
Awesome photos in this thread!! I like that second shot in the first set. That reflected pink sky on the ice is a real bonus.

Mad Aussie
04-09-2013, 04:42 PM
What a cool hike Lisa! Very cool scenery. I think my favs would be the bubbles because I've never seen such a thing before. Very cool. I do like that final mountain/mist shot too though.

04-10-2013, 01:41 AM
Really nice abstract image, love the B&W version.

04-10-2013, 10:58 AM
These are wonderful!! No way I could pick a favorite!