Posts tagged “The Ramparts

Canadian Rockies Landscapes: The Ramparts of Tonquin Valley

I was on a horse for 6 hours last week to travel into the Tonquin Valley west of Jasper in the Canadian Rockies.  I was working with a great group of people on a photography tour and we had a lot of fun (that dimmed a bit when the snow and rain were pelting us for the last two hours of the ride but spirits returned when we got into camp).  The mountains on the western side of the valley are collectively known as The Ramparts.  They rise straight up from the edge of the two lakes in the valley, Amethyst Lake and Moat Lake, and are spectacular. 

The first evening and the next day we had overcast skies which reinforced the forbidding nature of the peaks.  These images are from my first two sessions on the lakeshore getting familiar with the landscape.

Framing the peaks with the rocks provides a sense of the area and with the beautiful lichens add nice color to the scene.

The following two days that we stayed in the Tonquin Valley, the weather picked up pace, changing from snow to rain to sun steadily.  The resulting light played wonderfully with the landscape and I look forward to sharing those images in the next couple of posts.