Nature

Aurora in the City

Aurora in the City

We all love watching northern lights. Even when they are week, we will strain our eyes and stare at the night sky to see them. The best viewing is, of course, outside the city, where there is no light pollution and the sky is dark. Cities are, generally, not the best places to watch them. However, there are nights, when the lights are very bright and quite easily viewable even inside Edmonton.

One Fall Weekend at Jasper National Park

One Fall Weekend at Jasper National Park

A few years back we were lucky enough to be able to visit Jasper National Park during fall. It is always wonderful to take a ride through the Rockies, but during autumn, if you’re lucky enough to get there when the colors are turning, it is even more fantastic.

Moody Photography..

Moody Photography..

Foggy winter mornings are a wonderful treat for photographers.  I was so happy to be able to take advantage of one such morning a short while back, even if I was frozen stiff after returning home ;D Not being able to travel too far that day, we took our dog for a walk in Hermitage Park here in Edmonton.

Elk Island At Night

Elk Island At Night

It is an interesting experience to visit Elk Island at night.  We are a city creatures, not very comfortable with being in nature without the ability to see.  And then, there are the noises. It is so eerie to stand in the middle of nowhere, where it is pitch black and so quiet that every noise carries a long way. Hard to judge the distance separating us from the animals making that noise. 

All In A Day's Work - Travel Photography

All In A Day's Work - Travel Photography

As the weather continues to deteriorate (they are forecasting snow for the next 24 hours) my mind seems to be drawn more and more to the time when sun was shining bright, it was warm and everybody was in a mood for exploring. Yes, I do mean summer ;D. 

Fall, that was..

Fall, that was..

Our fall colors, here in Alberta, don't last too long.  We consider ourselves lucky if we get them for a couple of weeks in their full glory, thus, if we have a moment to spare we go shooting.  There is something magical about the light during that time of year that makes me want to go and explore, even if it is only a neighborhood park. 

A Summer Day In Jasper NP - Alberta Travel Photography

A Summer Day In Jasper NP - Alberta Travel Photography

I love visiting Rockies in summer!  Just the fact that one can explore without layers of clothes to keep one warm is so appealing.  No need to worry about road conditions and closures, no need for heavy winter gear.  There are things, of course, one needs to prepare for such a trip. Bug spray, sun screen, lots of water, snacks and a jacket or a sweater - we are visiting mountains, after all, are a must. Good pair of shoes and a bear spray are a good idea as well, especially when one thinks about hiking.

Summer Travel - Alberta Travel Photography

Summer Travel - Alberta Travel Photography

I'm not very happy that summer passes so quickly in these parts.. There is not enough time to take full advantage of it, however, we do what we can.  This year we have had a rare opportunity to take some of my family and friends along for a trip to the Rockies.  It was a wonderful adventure, though there was not much time for fine art photography.  There is simply not enough time to wait for a perfect light / conditions, especially when you try to cram as many places to show your visitors as you can. However, one can always practice a bit of travel / family photography while visiting all those beautiful places in Alberta Rockies.

Elk Island - Summer Visits

Elk Island - Summer Visits

I can't believe summer vacations are almost over! Cruel time waits for no one... Fall will be here soon and I haven't enjoyed summer as much as I wanted to... It's a good thing that I have managed to take some pictures of the summery world to go back to later in the year, when it isn't sunny and warm and colorful any more, when it's more difficult to go out of the city and enjoy nature..