Moonrise over Mount Rundle


Moonrise over Rundle - © Christopher Martin-9579

My son and I were in Banff for the weekend and went out for a drive along the Vermilion Lakes just before sunset on Saturday night.  We stopped at the first lake to watch the colors deepen on the face of Mount Rundle as the sun was going down.  Another photographer, Grace Chen visiting from Calgary, asked me where the moon would be rising.  I had to admit that I didn’t know – I hadn’t done any planning as Kian and I were water sliding all afternoon and the drive was a last-minute decision.  I was quite surprised when I next looked in the viewfinder and saw a sliver of white rising behind the mountain!  It was fun to point at the peak as a response to her question.

Mount Rundle Moonrise - © Christopher Martin-9546
I had been a bit disappointed that there were no clouds but that proved to be very fortunate.  I loved the clean elements of the blue sky, white moon and reddish rocks.

Mount Rundle Moonrise - © Christopher Martin-9590


The moon climbed quickly, becoming steadily brighter and I finished shooting less than half an hour after first seeing it.  The sunlight on the mountain moved from deep yellow to a beautiful red while the sky steadily darkened.  It was not quite a full moon, being at 98%, but was still bright and wonderful.

Mount Rundle Moonrise - © Christopher Martin-9588

Mount Rundle Moonrise Reflected - © Christopher Martin-4640

Moonrise over Rundle - © Christopher Martin-4643

Mount Rundle Moonrise - © Christopher Martin-4647

5 responses

  1. Incredible shots, and you’re correct about the cloudless sky…clouds are wonderful, but every now and then a clear sky is perfect.

    September 11, 2014 at 1:13 pm

  2. A beautiful familiar spot. That clean look works well.

    September 10, 2014 at 1:35 pm

  3. Grace Chen

    Your moon rise pictures are so beautiful! It was two days before Chinese moon festival. Thanks for sharing.

    September 10, 2014 at 7:17 am

  4. jeffrhude

    Nice work!

    Its so nice to see Vermilion again. I saw some of the photos from the last snowfall in Bragg Creek and really missed photographing the rodeo again this year.

    Sounds like you and Kian had some fun on the waterslides, but where? In Banff? We went to a few sketchy waterparks in SEA, kind of fun.

    Thanks so much for the Myanmar info and putting the email and photos together. I will try and get some keepers during the trip.

    Looks like I will be in Victoria for a bit when we get back. Let me know if you can break away for a weekend and shoot some eagles. We should be back by mid November.

    Thanks again!


    September 10, 2014 at 2:04 am

  5. Hillechien Prins

    Beautiful moonrise

    September 10, 2014 at 12:49 am

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