Rocky Mountain Landscapes: Wedge Pond

Mount Kidd glows in the early light of a fall morning at Wedge Pond in Kananaskis, Alberta in the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

I have been spending a fair amount of time in Kananaskis Country as autumn has taken hold across the Rockies in Southern Alberta.  A couple of mornings I have spent daybreak on the shoreline of Wedge Pond just off Highway 40 a few kilometers south of the Nakiska Ski Resort.  Before the sun rises high enough to hit Mount Kidd’s ridges, the whole mountain glows red in the pre-dawn light.

After only a couple of minutes, the sunlight reaches over The Wedge and Mt. McDougal to Kidd and then it quickly runs down the mountainside as the sun climbs into the sky.

The image above with the sun drawing a red band along the top of the mountain was from September 5th where all the trees skirting the pond were still in summer green.  The first two images were taken just under three weeks later.  A couple of cool days got the seasonal change kickstarted and the transformation to yellow and orange was complete in just a few days.

4 responses

  1. Val

    That lowest one is astonishing the way the sun’s hit the mountain tops and is reflecting in the water!

    October 4, 2011 at 7:40 am

    • It is that very scene that has kept me returning to that pond through September and October. I love the color of the mountain in the pre-dawn light and then when the sun first hits the peaks it just grabs me. Still haven’t got THE picture (it starts with clouds crowning the peaks and those turning pink while the visible parts of the mountain are painted red…) I have in my mind but it has been a lot of fun returning. Thanks for following Val – all the best to you.

      October 11, 2011 at 2:14 pm

  2. Wonderful photos. It’s amazing how colors and light change.

    October 2, 2011 at 12:57 am

  3. marnie

    Think I have just found my quilt picture – #1. Just love it, see you in a couple of days.
    Aunt Marnie

    October 1, 2011 at 7:50 pm

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