October 27, 2017
Some optical weather phenomena are caused by airborne ice crystals that act like tiny prisms and diffract or bend the light slightly as the light passes through the ice crystals. Sundogs, also known as parhelia or mock suns, can be seen on opposite sides of the 22 degree sun halo just below where the mountain tops meet the sun halo. At the top of the 22 degree sun halo is a faint tangent arc. Also emanating from the sun is a very faint sun pillar (column of light) rising vertically towards the tangent arc but mostly obscured by the ice fog that is prevalent in much of the image. Even with temperatures hovering between -30 and -40 degrees Celsius, much beauty can be photographed in nature if you are comfortable and warmly dressed. Athabasca Glacier on The Icefields Parkway. The Canadian Rocky Mountains, Jasper National Park, Alberta, #canada150 #RockyMountains #CanadianRockies #CanadianRockyMountains #Jasper #JasperNationaPark #Alberta # IcefieldsParkway #sky #halo #sunhalo # parhelia #majesticRockies #mountains #winter #22degreehalo #weather #parhelia #sundogs #tangentarc #sunpillar
December 5, 2016
I am looking forward to returning to Banff this coming January to present at the 2017 Banff Photography Summit as the Keynote Speaker. Amongst other speakers joining me at the Summit will be Outdoor Photography Canada Magazine's editor Roy Ramsay for which I have been writing and illustrating a feature called 'Discovering Canada' for the last 10 years. Incidentally, there is a great SPECIAL currently offered to new Outdoor Photography Canada Magazine subscribers.
The conference takes place in the beautiful town site of Banff in Banff National Park in Alberta from January 13-15, 2017. Conference organizer Brian Merry has a variety of events planned and you may browse the itinerary and register at the Banff Photography Summit website. Personally, I plan on taking advantage of this conference by taking a little holiday to explore and photograph the beauty of the Majestic Canadian Rockies. I hope to see a few of you at the conference!
November 3, 2015
This coming Friday at 7 PM, I will be launching my latest book 'Beautiful Alberta' (Firefly Books) at McNally Robinson Booksellers (Winnipeg). Alberta is a place I lived in for nearly seven years and the place that I have returned to over and over during the last 30 years to photograph and capture its magnificent beauty. I look forward to seeing some of you Friday evening and perhaps I can autograph a book for you as a gift to your loved one for this coming Xmas.
November 1, 2015
The Cypress Hills in southeastern Alberta tower over the surrounding prairie at an altitude of 600 meters, roughly similar to that of Banff. Because it remained unglaciated during the last ice age, the area harbors an astonishing variety of plants. The area is part of the Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park with the Province of Saskatchewan. In August of 2014, I made my first visit there in more than 30 years, capturing this sunrise from the viewpoint on the Reesor Lake Road. It is one of the images featured in my new book called 'Beautiful Alberta' (Firefly Books) which I will be launching at McNally Booksellers in Winnipeg this coming Friday evening at 7:00 PM.
October 3, 2015
'Beautiful Alberta' was released just a few weeks ago. During the summer of 2014, I was commissioned by Firefly to produce a coffee table book about Alberta. Although I had an extensive collection of Alberta images already in my image library from numerous trips to the province as well as having lived there for 7 years, I did not hesitate a single minute to spend 3 weeks traveling throughout Alberta in August 2014 to capture even more images. I covered the region north and south and east and west, discovering new territory all the while.
Upon my return, I selected a number of images and sent them to the publisher. Besides writing an introduction and captions to the images, I also sourced a few images from other photographers for the publisher, which include images from colleagues John Marriott and Gail Foster among a few others.
The book is available in books stores and online. On Friday evening, October 6, I will launch 'Beautiful Alberta' at McNally's in Winnipeg at 7 PM.