Upper Kananaskis Lake – sunset and thereafter

On my way up to the mountains this weekend, the sun continued its struggle with the smoke from the wildfires.  In the early evening I made my way along Highway 40 and stopped several times to watch the clouds and sun in this unusual scene.

I ended up on the shore of the Upper Kananaskis Lake about an hour before sunset.  It was a warm night which I was grateful for – even in summer the wind can blow hard and cold across the lake at anytime. Over the next couple of hours a loon, a few people fishing and one large, extended family came and went.  I moved down the shoreline slowly, taking photographs of the sun’s descent towards the jagged silhouette of the mountains the curve around the lake.

The smoke acts like a neutral density filter and drops the intensity of the sun’s light considerably.  That allowed me to spend a lot of time exploring how the atmosphere, the sunlight and the landscape could be composed.  All three changed in appearance and shape as the sun descended.

When the sun drew close to the mountains, the colors deepened and the silhouettes of the mountains were fantastic against the sky.

The fiery hues disappeared quickly once the sun fell behind the mountains.  That left cooler tones to quietly take hold.  At that point, I was alone on the shore and the tranquility held me there for a long while.



15 responses

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  2. Your images give Americans pause from a Trumpian dystopia,

    August 10, 2017 at 10:42 am

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  4. Mio~Caro~Sole

    Stunning pictures! You can feel the place and the tranquility through the shots.

    It’s really sad about the wildfires though.


    August 10, 2017 at 6:27 am

  5. GrayWolf Photography

    Spectacular images. Great post

    August 9, 2017 at 5:33 am

  6. Absolutely beautiful set of images by far 🙂

    August 9, 2017 at 5:20 am

  7. Wow! The best photos! I want to paint the last ones in waterclors)

    August 9, 2017 at 3:27 am

  8. daveyone1

    Reblogged this on World4Justice : NOW! Lobby Forum..

    August 8, 2017 at 2:49 pm

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  10. jack griffis

    Your photography is firm proof that you and God work well together.

    Jack Griffis


    August 8, 2017 at 12:38 pm

  11. p. grover

    Gorgeous….I live in BC, specifically Caribou-Chilcotin, part of the source of your smokey effects…last night, for first time, I saw an eerie orange moon…I live on a lakeshore, and the other shore is about 3/4 of mile away…I cannot see that shore…it’s like trying to see thru milk…this is result of a backburn gone wrong…but unfortunately, a necessary evil to stop the Kleena Kleene fire’s advance. I always enjoy your pics…you should come here and see what living in “the twilight zone” is like…maybe you could make some great pics here too?

    August 8, 2017 at 11:32 am

  12. Wow, sensational colors!

    August 8, 2017 at 9:14 am

  13. These are some remarkable clicks! Thanks for sharing.

    August 8, 2017 at 8:37 am

  14. Beautiful Shots!! Love the deep blue effect!

    August 8, 2017 at 7:53 am

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