Posts tagged “Vermilion Lake

Sunrise over Mount Rundle

Sky fire reflected - 2013 © Christopher Martin

The second sunrise at Vermilion Lake this weekend produced some wonderful images this weekend.  There was a break between clouds and mountain peaks farther east so the clouds above Mount Rundle and the lake were painted with this amazing light.  One of the best mornings that I have had in the Banff National Park.

Out of the grasses and into dawn - 2013 © Christopher Martin

The hot springs that seep into the water along the chain of lakes allow for a few pools without ice to remain open through the winter.  These pools pull many photographers to their shores and this morning was no exception.  It’s always interesting how quiet these moments become even with five other photographers nearby.  The better the light gets, the quieter it usually becomes.  It was silent at the peak of this morning’s sunrise.

Rundle winds - 2013 © Christopher Martin

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Vermilion reflections - 2013 © Christopher Martin

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Starting the rise - 2013 © Christopher Martin


Early morning with Vermilion and Rundle

Dawn at the second Vermilion Lake was beautiful with some lovely colour in the sky around Mount Rundle early in the sunrise.  As the sun climbed, I moved into the contrasts and this one worked well in black and white.

Dawn at Vermilion Lake - 2013 © Christopher Martin


Rocky Mountain Landscapes: Dawn at the Vermilion Lakes in Banff

Morning with light and shadow © 2011 Christopher Martin-6234-2

It was -14°C on Sunday morning when I walked down the path to the shore of the first Vermilion Lake just west of Banff.  The lakes are largely frozen over after several days of cold weather.  A great benefit to birds, photographers and other wild creatures are the hot springs that bleed into the lake from different spots around the lakes.  For photographers, the warm springs keep patches of water ice-free throughout the winter.

I have a couple of favourite locations across the three lakes including this one.  Arguably it has the best view of Mount Rundle.  On this morning, the warm water had cut a winding path out across the lake and I enjoyed playing with the composition of this element with the sky, the mountain and all of the reflections.  When I arrived it was still dark but the sky was showing great promise.  The clouds pushed up towards Rundle and parked there as the sun neared the horizon catching the warm light beautifully.  A very nice place to photograph landscapes on a very nice morning.


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