Rural landscapes: windswept in winter

FENCE AND DISTANT TREE ALONG BASIN ROAD, ALBERTA

Found this scene while driving any old road I felt like going on deep in the hills and foothills of the southern half of this western Canadian province. I carefully composed the photo to put the tree between two fence posts, then kept it out of focus so it would complement, rather than compete, with the posts. I love how this scene glows with glittering COLD.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter

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Rural landscapes: the river and the bridge

OLDMAN RIVER AND HIGH LEVEL BRIDGE, LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA

The setting for this western Canadian city of almost 100,000 is quite spectacular. The Oldman River valley is truly breathtaking, especially in winter, and there are many glorious viewpoints to see it and the High Level Bridge. Completed in 1909, it’s the longest and highest steel trestle bridge in North America. I found this spot to put the bridge into a larger setting.
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter and a graduated density (darkening) filter on the sky.

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Rural landscapes: soaring over the gorge

WHIRLPOOL AERO CAR, NIAGARA FALLS, ONTARIO

Niagara Parks website: “Designed by renowned Spanish engineer Leonardo Torres Quevedo, the Whirlpool Aero Car has been soaring over the Niagara Gorge since 1916. The antique cable car is suspended from six sturdy cables and offers spectacular views of the swirling Niagara Whirlpool and the Class 6 whitewater rapids of the Niagara River.
“Although the Whirlpool Aero Car travels between two points on the Canadian shore, riders of this historic cable car actually cross the international border line between Ontario and New York State a total of four times each trip due to the way the river elbows.”
This photo goes back so far in time (2005), it was photographed on slide film, then transferred to CD several years later. I dug it out of the archives to give you a view of Niagara in winter.
Nikon FM2, tripod, polarizing filter

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Rural landscapes: the ski hill pilgrimage

MT. NORQUAY ROAD, BANFF NATIONAL PARK, ALBERTA

I drove up Mt. Norquay Road to a spectacular viewpoint of the town of Banff, hoping to capture it and the surrounding Rocky Mountains in the pre-dawn light of ‘blue hour’. Unfortunately, most of the peaks were shrouded in cloud and light snowfall. That’s when I noticed the line of vehicles going around the semi-circle on their way to the Mt. Norquay ski resort. Fortunately, my wide-angle zoom lens was just wide enough to capture the curving lights in a long exposure.
Nikon D7100, tripod.

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Urban landscapes: the saddle

ENTRY 4, CROSSIRON MILLS SHOPPING CENTRE, BALZAC, ALBERTA

All the entries to this 200-store mall just north of Calgary have artistic features. This stylized saddle, symbolizing Alberta’s ranching history, captivated me for over a half hour. So many creative, abstract ways to capture it, all in cold, pre-dawn darkness that emphasizes the strong lighting.
Check out the colour version here: http://bit.ly/CrossironEntry4
Nikon D7100, tripod.

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Natural landscapes: the winter creek

LOUISE CREEK, BANFF NATIONAL PARK, ALBERTA

I’m not sure why, but this outflow creek from Lake Louise remains mostly ice-free no matter how bitterly cold the winter becomes — and trust me, it can easily go down to -30c at this high altitude in the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
The creek was mostly a dull brown, so I tweaked the colour cast, removing much of the brown and replacing it with a slight cast of more esthetically pleasing blue. I have no problem changing pictures like this because I’m not a documentary photographer; I’m trying my imperfect best to be a fine art photographer and that means interpreting a scene, rather than simply recording it.
P.S. look carefully at the stream and you’ll see streaks of snow. It snowed the entire time I was at the creek and lake.

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Natural landscapes: the winter sunrise

GREAT LAKES SUNRISE, WHITBY, ONTARIO

This town of almost 130,000, a bedroom community for Toronto (Canada’s largest city) features a charming, little-known road of cottages along Lake Ontario. I ventured there and found elegant trees along the top of a cliff that perfectly framed a glorious winter sunrise.
Nikon D50, tripod.

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Urban landscapes: the exchange of goods

THE TRADER, EDMONTON, ALBERTA

This three-metre tall bronze sculpture was designed in 1977 by American sculptor John Weaver, who eventually moved to Canada because so much of his works were here. It sits on a three-metre tall granite base, so the entire presentation is quite striking.
The Trader was commissioned to commemorate businessman and politician John McDougall. According to the city of Edmonton website, “In following the conventions of classic heroic sculpture, the imagery and representation of McDougall as the ‘hero’ of the monument can be construed as problematic. Although both men are portrayed as equal in scale, McDougall the settler is named while the Indigenous man trading with him is not.”
What grabbed my attention was the snow and how it highlighted the curves of the trading materials. From there, I worked to ensure symmetry in the background.
Nikon D50, tripod.

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Urban landscapes: the epic silence

THE CATHEDRAL OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST, ST. JOHN’S, NEWFOUNDLAND

The exterior of this Anglican church in eastern Canada is not particularly impressive, but step inside and WOW! Glorious silence in an awe-inspiring space that can’t help but encourage worship from those of us who believe in a loving God.
I spent an hour here, all by myself, making pictures and appreciating the time to take to pray. Here’s another gobsmacking cathedral scene, pointing in the opposite direction: https://wp.me/p2ccTX-1dH
Nikon D7100, tripod.

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Natural landscapes: taking it all in

ALONG THE ICEFIELDS PARKWAY, BANFF NATIONAL PARK, ALBERTA

Every time I’ve driven this magnificent road in the Canadian Rockies and come around a corner to see this view, I’ve been stunned into silence and prayer. One morning I decided to put me into the scene then, during processing, turn everything but me into black-and-white. Kinda cool, eh?  🙂
(You can see this photo in full colour here: http://bit.ly/ParkwayView)
Nikon D7100, tripod, polarizing filter

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