Dawn at the mouth of the Bow Valley

Rainbow sunrise in the Bow Valley - © Christopher Martin-2676

Dark clouds wrapped the eastern edge of the Bow Valley near Mount Yamnuska as the sky brightened at dawn last Friday morning.  The storm front to the west continued pushing towards the prairies and by dawn the line of rain was directly overhead Highway 40 (Kananaskis Trail) where it crosses the TransCanada Highway.

A stormy dawn in the Bow Valley - © Christopher Martin-2561

 

To the west were the rows of mountains, one leading down the Bow Valley towards Canmore and Banff, the other through Kananaskis Country.  When the sun cleared the horizon, light met water and a double rainbow arched over the valley’s mouth.

Rainbow sunrise in the Bow Valley - © Christopher Martin-2679-2

Rainbow sunrise in the Bow Valley - © Christopher Martin-2538

To the east, the sunlight hit the clouds toning them in warm pastels before dawn.  As the sun rose, the colours continued to deepen absorbed by the clouds as well as skipping along the underside.

Rainbow sunrise in the Bow Valley - © Christopher Martin-2610

Sunrise in the Bow Valley - © Christopher Martin-2636

I loved watching the alchemy of the light mixing with the clouds and rain.  The whole sky, in all directions, was dynamic and changed continuously through sunrise.  A little later, the sunlight shone through falling rain, and I made this last photograph of the landscape of this part of the Stoney Nakoda Nation before heading up the Kananaskis Trail and spending the morning with a pair of Bald eagles at the Mount Lorette Ponds.

Sun and rain on the Stoney Nakoda Nation - © Christopher Martin-2778

 

 

 

25 responses

  1. Frosty

    Beutiful!! Love your amazing work.Always look forward to new arrivals. THANKS!!!! Frosty

    August 24, 2016 at 1:19 pm

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  3. Stunning photos!! Congrats!! You are truly talented!!

    August 16, 2016 at 4:31 am

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  5. Fabulous Photography! Love it!

    August 15, 2016 at 3:03 pm

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  7. Those rainbow pictures are fascinating. I really enjoy all your photography, your capture such beautiful images!

    August 15, 2016 at 7:26 am

  8. Kenny

    Reblogged this on Me and My Life!!!! and commented:
    Beautiful pictures

    August 15, 2016 at 7:21 am

  9. Kenny

    These are absolutely gorgeous.

    August 15, 2016 at 7:21 am

    • Thank you Kenny. And thank you for the reblog. Have a great day!

      August 16, 2016 at 10:05 pm

      • Kenny

        You are very welcome. You have beautiful pictures.

        August 17, 2016 at 12:25 pm

  10. Beautiful photographs!

    August 14, 2016 at 8:21 pm

  11. Gorgeous!

    August 14, 2016 at 6:05 pm

  12. Wonderful sky colours!

    August 14, 2016 at 5:59 pm

  13. Mike Hohmann

    Beautiful shots, Chris. Thx.

    August 14, 2016 at 4:36 pm

  14. I know how hard it truly is to capture visual phenomenon like rainbows, these are great images.

    August 14, 2016 at 4:01 pm

  15. Wow … so awesome! Thank you! ❤

    August 14, 2016 at 3:28 pm

  16. Wow! These are gorgeous!

    August 14, 2016 at 3:08 pm

  17. These are pure magic, Chris!

    August 14, 2016 at 3:01 pm

  18. Great colours

    August 14, 2016 at 2:36 pm

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