When we planned to visit the Canadian Rockies, Kasia and I had a pretty good idea of where we wanted to photograph. After all, we used to live in Calgary – the eastern gateway to the majestic Rockies. This city, famous for its “Chinook” winds and the greatest show on earth, the Stampede, welcomed us with a show of its own. We encountered stormy skies, a rainbow and a sky worthy of a sci-fi movie.
In general when we travel we prefer to cover less well-known places. However, the Canadian Rockies have some gems that are difficult to ignore and Moraine Lake is one of them. We arrived at 4:50 AM at sunrise with the hope of seeing a few clouds but we got sunny skies. The rising sun’s rays as they moved across the peaks were pretty spectacular to watch.
Less known but also beautiful, Hulbert and Peyto Lakes offer their own spectacular vistas.
We spent a considerable amount of time in Kananaskis Country – not as often visited but one of our favourite parts of the Canadian Rockies. If you take a loop via the #40 and then the Smith Dorrien Trail to Canmore and back to Highway #1, you will be rewarded with stunning scenery. Here are a few images.
Sometimes the best shots of the Rockies are from a distance. To get this perspective we headed south on Highway #22, along Cowboy Trail. And what fantastic views this road offers! But more about this and gorgeous Waterton Park next time.
All images were shot with the Fuji X-T1 paired with the XF 14mm F2.8, XF 56mm F1.2 and Fuji X100S.
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