Posts tagged “first snow

November snow reflected in the Vermilion Lakes

November in Banff - © Christopher Martin-5469

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Following an unusually warm Hallowe’en, the temperature dropped below freezing.  That low pressure system was accompanied by heavy clouds and snow flew for the first and second days of November in southern Alberta.  On Sunday, I left Bragg Creek early in the morning with the snow still falling fast.  By the time I was in Banff, the cloud ceiling was much higher and the snow falling much softer.  Before noon, the sun was out and the winter wonderland was starting to melt away quickly at the lower elevations.  I went down to the Vermilion Lakes to see how things looked and check if any of the wild residents were wandering about.  I didn’t find much wildlife, but the landscape looking beautiful with the shoreline’s snow gone but the belt of white starting only twenty or so metres above.  When the long chain of freight cars riding the rails on the far side of the second lake came into view I stopped to take a few photographs.

November in Banff - © Christopher Martin-5473


Kananaskis, First Snow

I got out on the Friday morning for an early shoot in Kananaskis and I was met by an inch of snow outside my front door.  Rather excitedly, I carried on to the back country and the snow had raised up to two inches off the grass.

I went to the South end of Barrier Lake and walked along the beach looking for images that would convey an autumn snowfall.  This was my favourite, taken just off the water across the lake.

It would have been great to get a bit of sunlight this morning but it was very beautiful and quiet.  A really wonderful morning up in the mountains.

O’Shaughnessy Falls in Kananaskis along Highway 40 near Barrier Lake.

I’ve driven by this small set of rapids a number of times and this looked like a great morning to stop and look for some different looks to this waterfall.

A bit of a hike up along the stream into the forest, I liked this scene of a lone flower amid the dark trunks and patches of snow on the ground.  It has been a strange year weather-wise and this first image in this post seemed to speak to that.  Below is a couple of alternative compositions of that scene.