Cave and Basin National Historic Site

It is only fitting that the final photo I shot on the Canadian Rockies trip was of Canada’s first National park, Cave and Basin National Historic Site. We didn’t explore much of the park unfortunately because it was just too hot outside on this day. Despite being a Southern California native, I don’t do well …

Bow Valley Parkway

Driving the 48-kilometer Bow Valley Parkway from Banff to Lake Louise is one of the classic scenic drives in the Canadian Rockies. This route normally has a lot of wildlife so it was closed during the morning of the 2nd day of our trip. Unfortunately we didn’t see much in the way of wildlife this time …

Paint Pots, Kootenay National Park

In my opinion, Kootenay National Park is the least photogenic of the four National Parks in this region but there are a few places worth visiting including the Paint Pots. On my previous visit, I didn’t realize that the trail continued beyond the open meadow so I technically didn’t make it to the Paint Pots which …

Patricia Lake

My mom’s name is Patricia and having seen the road sign for Patricia Lake in Jasper, we decided to pay a visit in the morning before heading back down Icefields Parkway to Banff. We drove there and ended up in the private cottages area by accident which offered no apparent lakeside view. I almost gave …

Maligne Lake

I had thought that Moraine Lake was the most beautiful landscape I had ever visited. That was until my family and I took the Maligne Lake boat tour out to Spirit Island. Many of the landscape compositions that I normally shoot back at home aren’t the type that automatically demand that a camera be pointed at …

Icefields Parkway

Icefields Parkway is a 140-mile long scenic drive the stretches from Banff National Park into Jasper National Park while straddling the Continental Divide. It’s truly an incredible place that needs to be seen. It is a surprisingly easy drive to make also with not too much in the way of “mountain” driving. I had driven …

Moraine Lake & The Valley of Ten Peaks

It’s an interesting feeling as a landscape photographer to know when you’re standing amidst the most beautiful place you’ve ever seen. This was probably the 4th time I had ever been to Moraine Lake but I had never seen the classic blue waters that the lake is famous for. As a landscape photographer it’s easy to …

Lake Louise Summer

Lake Louise is the most famous landmark in the Canadian Rockies and attracts visitors from all over the world. It’s easy to see why too with the emerald-colored water and massive glacier overlooking the lake. Due to the fortunate timing of visiting on Sunday, a week before the holidays it wasn’t too crowded during our visit. …

29 Years Later

It had been 29 years since my mom had visited the Canadian Rockies. On that trip, it was my dad, my mom and myself. My brother was just a baby at that time so he stayed at my grandparents’ house. Fast-forward to 2015; my dad is no longer with us and my brother is an …

Night Photography Book by Grant Collier

I was recently provided an eBook version of Grant Collier’s Guide to Night Photography to review on my blog. I was very impressed by the amount of detail that Collier covered in the book and the photos were top-notch. Just about everything you need to know about the genre is covered in the book incl. which …