Elbow River Dawn

Elbow River Dawn - © Christopher Martin-1831-2

I went out for a mountain bike this morning along the Elbow River.  The temperature was near -20°C and the snow-covered trails were a bit slippery – and it was a great ride.  It was before the sun had come up and the land was emerging from the dark draped in soft, bluish light.  The alpen glow in the clear sky to the west added a magical pink hue to the scene.

Elbow River Dawn - © Christopher Martin-1826-2

These two images were taken before and after the sunlight lit up the Kananaskis mountains.  The first was at 8:27 and the next 13 minutes later, just a minute after sunrise.

Elbow River Dawn - © Christopher Martin-1841



22 responses

  1. Beautiful!

    February 3, 2016 at 3:00 pm

  2. Breathtaking… Mind blowing… Spectacular…. This is what your photography is!

    January 18, 2016 at 11:52 am

  3. Gorgeous – this cann-nnot be true! 🙂

    January 16, 2016 at 9:09 am

  4. xnikexx

    very nice pictures:) i want to visit this places:)

    January 7, 2016 at 12:02 pm

  5. Wow, this is something else Christopher. A beautiful way to bring in the New Year ~ a great post and best to you with your writing and photography in the New Year. Cheers to a great 2016.

    January 5, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    • Happy New Year Randall!

      I wish you the very best in 2016 as well.

      Your photography and writing are both fantastic. I have enjoyed both immensely and look forward to more of your travels and insights.

      Warmest regards,


      January 6, 2016 at 5:00 am

      • Thank Chris ~ it should be a great year ahead with many photos and thoughts to catch. Look forward to see many of your masterpieces of nature. Cheers!

        January 6, 2016 at 9:14 am

  6. A lot of amazing photos on your website! Congratulations!

    January 5, 2016 at 3:04 am

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  8. My jaw dropped. AndI wondered what yours must have done. Thank you sooooo much for sharing this blush of nature

    January 3, 2016 at 1:54 pm

  9. Reblogged this on dupewrites and commented:
    So so beautiful.

    January 3, 2016 at 1:52 pm

  10. The Epiphany Conflate

    such a beautiful place!!

    January 3, 2016 at 11:12 am

  11. Gorgeous!!!!! Just amazing!

    January 3, 2016 at 7:48 am

  12. Wonderful!

    January 3, 2016 at 7:44 am

  13. Wow ~ so lovely!

    January 3, 2016 at 7:30 am

  14. Breathtaking.And the photography is impeccable!!

    January 3, 2016 at 7:21 am

  15. Bellissime complimenti

    January 3, 2016 at 7:04 am

  16. Magnifique !

    January 3, 2016 at 3:02 am

  17. Magical place!

    January 3, 2016 at 2:02 am

  18. Kee

    Magically Beautiful, indeed!

    January 2, 2016 at 8:46 pm

  19. These are so beautiful!

    January 2, 2016 at 8:39 pm

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