September Serenity Blog Circle - Finding Serenity in the Outdoors

“Time spent amongst trees is never wasted time.” Katrina Meyer

My husband and I recently were lucky enough to spend two nights at the rustic Moraine Lake Lodge.

No TV or cellular service and limited Wifi. Just fresh air, nature, good books and a wood burning fireplace! It all adds up to serenity for me.

We arrived early the first day and left the crowds of Moraine Lake for an easy hike up to Consolation Lakes.

There is nothing like the fresh smell of the forest - I wish I could bottle that up.

Consolation Lakes

The backside of Mt. Babel

We stopped by a lovely little stream just off path, on the way back down.

Amazing filtered light and foliage in the forest

The next day we headed off for another hike to Sentinel Pass through Larch Valley. Sometimes these hikes can be slightly physically difficult, but the reward is always so worth it!

Larch Valley

Larch Valley looking to Pinnacle Mountain

Heading up to Sentinel Pass!

The view at the top, looking west into Paradise Valley - Sentinel trail continues down there!

The view looking back they way we came. The Valley of Ten Peaks and Minnestima Lakes in the foreground.

After returning from our hike, the weather turned so we lit the fireplace and relaxed with our books until we fell asleep! A guilt free nap with the sound of rain and thunder. Nothing more serene than listening to the sound of rain on the roof.

Part of the reason for the afternoon nap was the previous late night shooting the Milky Way!

The last morning we were there the weather was still unsettled but it made for amazing clouds hanging on the peaks.

Serenity is canoeing on a mountain lake.

I will always find peace and calm while spending time in the outdoors.

The Serenity Project is a collaborative photography project featuring images that bring a sense of peace and calm. Please continue our circle to to see what has brought my friends serenity this month.

Next in the circle is Nancy Armstrong, Kansas City Fine Art Photographer

Click the link to see what serenity looks like for her this month!

Thanks for being here.

August Serenity Blog Circle - Lakeside Morning In British Columbia

At the beginning of the month our daughter was playing in an adult soccer tournament in British Columbia, so we tagged along for the weekend to watch her play. On the way we spent a night at the small city of Salmon Arm, located on the beautiful Shuswap Lake. The hotel was located next to the lake and a bird sanctuary, so I decided to get up around sunrise to walk the area. As I have mentioned before, I’m not a morning person, but I will have to try harder, because the light in the early morning is so fresh and lovely, promising the start of a new day. A different feeling than the equally beautiful end of day light.

Enjoy the serenity of a sunrise walk along the lake!

Bald Eagle in the pre-sunrise light.

Geese on the move

Great Blue Heron, I believe. I love watching these birds hunt, patiently watching for a fish or frog, then grabbing them with their beak.

dewdrop bokeh in the grass

Bug bokeh

Anyone home?

It took awhile, but finally the sun broke over the surrounding mountains.

The sun finally came over the mountains

The Serenity Project is a collaborative photography project featuring images that bring a sense of peace and calm. Please continue our circle to to see what has brought my friends serenity this month.

Next in the circle is Iris Nelson, a Metro Phoenix photographer

Click the link to see what serenity looks like for her this month! Thanks for being here.

May Serenity Blog Circle - 4 AM wake up calls

At the end of April, I attended my very first destination landscape photography workshop. You know, the ones where the entire workshop is centered around chasing the best light, so mornings are early, evenings are late and sleeping and eating are secondary to the shot? And at the end, you are exhausted, yet exhilarated.

The workshop was held in the Columbia River Gorge, Oregon with Don Smith and Gary Hart, both seriously talented landscape photographers. Sunrise shoots meant waking up extremely early! I am not a morning person and when that alarm went off at 4 am, I won’t lie, it was hard to get myself up and dressed! I had myself extremely organized with all my gear and clothing set out for the morning, so I could spend as many precious minutes under the covers as possible.

Our first sunrise location was Trout Lake, with snow covered Mt. Adams (actually a volcano) in the distance, standing tall and reflecting in the calm water. As we waiting for the sun to rise, we were treated to the sounds of birds, geese and ducks waking up and starting their day. The colours of the sky slowly changed and as the sun rose higher it painted the volcano and the foliage with light.

This is one of those locations, that if I had access to it regularly, I’d want to shoot in all 4 seasons, as I can imagine how different it would look in each season.

Once that initial shock of the 4 am wake up call wore off and I was standing in nature, watching and listening to the world awaken, I could appreciate the serenity of an early morning.

The Serenity Project is a collaborative photography project featuring images that bring a sense of peace and calm. Please continue our circle to to see what has brought my friends serenity this month.

Next in the circle is Nancy Armstrong, Kansas Photographer. Click the link to see what serenity looks like for her this month! Thanks for being here.

Viewpoints ~~ The Mountain Parks in My Backyard

Hi and welcome to my first post to the Viewpoints blog circle.  I am so honored to be part of this circle with such talented women. 

I live only a couple of hours away from Banff National Park, but seldom have the opportunity to visit.   People travel from all over the world to visit our beautiful mountains and lakes, but as residents we do take them for granted.   I decided to book a hotel room for a night and head out to shoot some places I've been wanting to go to.  So last week I hopped in my car and headed west! I couldn't have asked for more beautiful weather, it was warm and the fall colors in the mountains were spectacular.  The only thing that would have made it better was some clouds for interest in the sky, but in the 2 days I was out there, not a cloud was seen, just the big blue Alberta sky. 

My first stop was Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park, just over the Alberta/British Columbia border. 

Cilantro at Emerald Lake Lodge

Cilantro at Emerald Lake Lodge

Paddle a canoe on Emerald Lake

Paddle a canoe on Emerald Lake

Then it was down the hill to Natural Bridge.

Kicking Horse River at Natural Bridge, Yoho NP

Kicking Horse River at Natural Bridge, Yoho NP

Next stop, the majestic Moraine Lake.  This was my first visit to the peaks and lake that used to grace our $20 bill.  Needless to say, it took my breath away and I want to go back, soon!

View from atop the rock pile

View from atop the rock pile

The next morning I was up bright and early for the sunrise at Lake Louise.  I was on the lake shore by 7 am, scouted out my location and waited for the sun to start shining on the peaks above Victoria Glacier.  By 7:30 the tourist buses arrived and the shoreline was full of people to watch the sun come up with me!

The Lake Louise boathouse at dawn

The Lake Louise boathouse at dawn

Here comes the sun, lighting up the peaks above Victoria glacier

Here comes the sun, lighting up the peaks above Victoria glacier

The yellow larches on the mountainside

The yellow larches on the mountainside

The teal blue waters of Lake Louise

The teal blue waters of Lake Louise

I headed home, taking the Bow Valley Parkway, which I've never travelled before this.  It was a beautiful drive, full of bold fall colors and amazing meadows and mountains.  My last stop was at Johnston Canyon to hike in to the waterfalls. 

Off the standard trail, away from the crowds, is this little quiet spot. 

Off the standard trail, away from the crowds, is this little quiet spot. 

Thank you so much for being here.  Please continue on to the other blogs to see what their views looked like this month! Next in line is Donna! http://www.bukaldersphotography.com/...