Gita Photos - Blog and Musings
Fall is know as a time of dazzling colors, reds, oranges and yellows- breaking out in the landscape. But this addition of color is the result of a slow browning decay and death of the leaves and needles we admire for that special period in the Fall! Yes, decay and death bring out vibrant colors , during that short period that many hasten to see and enjoy.
"Rockies Autumn Palette"
Global warming is a hot button topic and glaciers are being studied to help understand this issue. The Columbia Icefields are a subject and example visitors can readily see....The ensuing retreat of the Athabasca Glacier has continued except for brief standstills. The total amount of ice-front recession from the mid-19th to the late 20th century was about 1 mile (1.6 km). At the beginning of the 21st century, the glacier continued to recede as a result of global warming.
What is more to your liking, what grabs you and holds your attention when looking at Landscape Art? The intensity of Color or the mood of Black & White? Or do both grab you and your emotions to experience what is before you.
March in Banff and the Canadian Rockies was a fascinating time. Less beware the Ides of March - more what is going to happen now?
Canada, the true north – we are known for our winters and a signature part of Canada is the Winter Experience.
Anyone can give chocolate,flowers and jewelry - you're NOT anyone and NEITHER is your Sweetheart !
January in the Canadian Rocky Mountains – cold, dark and Wonderful! January may not be on the top of the list for getting photos of Banff and Lake Louise but the Canadian Rockies and Banff National Park yield in January, ( and year round), opportunities for stunning sights.
As we move through the Fall the move to a winter mind set is inevitable. Fall is short but glorious time in Banff and the Canadian Rockies. The days grow short and the temperature drops. Many hope for Indian Summer to stave of the inevitable. And this year it worked!
The Holiday Season is closing in and the Gift Shopping frenzy will start up. So, as you start to think of Gifts - what to get for who - consider
Giving the Gift that Gives Twice!
Larches, though not alone, are the Fall colour show in Banff and the Canadian Rockies. We don't have the hardwoods that give so much colour, but the Larch trees, the grasses,Alders ,Birch , Aspens and undergrowth put colour into the landscape every Fall- and Larch trees lead the way!
This was the 2nd summer in a row when Banff suffered smoke and haze from forest fires and obscured the stunning views of Banff and the Canadian Rockies.
So, with apologies, to all who came through Banff National Park, and the smoke and haze obscured the views you came to enjoy , the views are still there and will be for the next time you visit!! ( As disappointing as that may have been - there were no evacuations, no lives lost, no homes destroyed. We were fortunate while many in B.C. faced much more than smoke and haze!
When you envision Banff National Park and the Canadian Rockies what do you see? Do waterfalls ever come to mind? Sure snow capped mountains are conjured up but there are other grand features.....
Two Jack Lake & Rundle - Alpin Glow
The Hills are alive in Banff and the Canadian Rockies! Summer has settled in - in the front country, the backcountry in the Park network - Banff National Park and Lake Louise,Yoho National Park,Kootenay National Park and Jasper National Park. There is camping, backpacking, sightseeing, rafting, climbing, canoeing, horseback riding, cycling, mountain biking, glacier walks and tours, and more to keep you engaged while in the Parks.
Spring progresses in the Rockies and Banff, sometimes rapidly, sometimes turning back, but eventually the enigma settles into expectation. My Online Gallery shares images of Spring and its beauty - it's progression over the 3months in the Canadian Rockies -
with photos of Banff and Lake Louise - so others can experience this time of change to the landscape Spring affords us. The Canadian Rockies,like no other place, lets Spring give full vent to the spread of its character.
Does this Rocky Mountain Landscape ( Mt. Assiniboine ) have a twin in the Swiss Alps?
Crowfoot Mountain is a dominating and iconic peak along the Icefields Parkway in Banff National Park....
Banff and Lake Louise are icons of the Rocky Mountain Landscape. You really shouldn't come to see this mountain landscape unless........
The majority of the photos you will see of Banff National Park, are vividly coloured photos from the Summer and Fall seasons - and they are stunning . Have you thought about Black and White mountain artwork?
Rocky Mountain Landscape – what does that conjure up in your minds eye? The Rockies – are a mountain landscape revered for their rugged beauty. (Have a look here from my eye !)
People come from all over the world to see Banff and the Canadian Rockies. Many come in the summer - fewer in Winter.
Studies have shown there are numerous benefits to being exposed to nature such as:
Decreased heart rate
Increased oxygen intake
More energized body
Say what? Banff is a National Park and protected isn't it? Yes it most assuredly is – however the Gold I speak of are ......
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Landscape images are often captured during Sunset and Sunrise. Some say "catch the light" and the subject will do. Some say "get a subject" and the light will do.
Sunset and Sunrise....
.. catch the light" but to complete the recipe there is more.
Spring Run Off happens every year. We wait for the warm weather of Spring and, as the temperatures warm up the snow pack melts. Combine this with the inevitable Spring rains and there is a lot of water running from the mountains down into the rivers and lakes.
Spring - it has the title saying, and traditions like watching a ground hog. It is a welcomed yet very fickle season!
Title: Spring - arrives in the Bow Valley
It comes up late, it comes up low and at a flat angle, and it comes with intensity, hue and glow – the Winter Sun.
It was closing into the official start of winter on Dec.21st. But in the Canadian Rockies and the Bow Valley,winter comes on a different pace .This year a bitter cold snap came in early December, announcing winter is here and the landscape changed with the announcement.
Fall in the Canadian Rockies is a time when the weather is puntutated by Indian Summer and grey chilling days. Moon of the rutting Deer gets the essence of Fall across in a way that resonates with those living in the Rockies!
The journey of Photography and the reality of the Art business - you want to get your shots out there and then what?