Despite the cold, wind, frozen toes, frozen fingers and dripping snotty noses, I love photographing our Rocky Mountains in winter. When it’s minus 25 degrees Celsius and gusting winds are blowing it can be down right miserable and simply put….darn cold! I was fortunate enough this past January to spend two pleasant mornings making images on frozen Talbot Lake in Jasper National Park. Even though it was plus 2 degrees Celsius, the winds were blowing making it difficult to capture sharp images. The winds were so fierce that without proper placement, camera and tripod would slide across the ice surface at great speeds. My vivid flashback of my tripod ice spikes hit hard as I shook my head to the fact that they were 368km away sitting right where I had left them on my kitchen counter. Make the best of it I say!
While the high altitude of the mountain ski slopes had accumulated plenty of snow this year, this was not the case at the lower elevations in the park. Talbot Lake lies on what I call a wind belt in Jasper National Park. It is common to experience high gusts in this area and when these gusts are combined with such low snow accumulation, the frozen surface of Talbot Lake is left clean and polished where cracks, bubbles, grasses and stumps make for interesting foregrounds.
Similar conditions were met in the afternoon on Jasper Lake situated on the north side of highway 16 and just west of Lake Talbot. The clouds were setting in creating additional atmosphere for some winter scenics with the De Smet Mountain Range in the background.
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Until next time…