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Spring 2011 Canadian Rockies Photo Tour — Keeping a Weather Eye

September 4, 2011
Keeping a Weather Eye, David Thompson Country

Keeping a Weather Eye, David Thompson Country

Spring in the mountains can be a time of unsettled weather, and as the saying goes “bad weather makes for good photography.” One day our small group on the Spring 2011 Canadian Rockies Photo Tour was winding down the evening photography session on top of one of my favorite overlooks along the shore of Abraham Lake. While the grand view was out over the lake towards more distant peaks, experience has taught me to keep aware of what’s going on in every direction. It’s easy to get focused looking & photographing towards something good, and miss something better happening directly behind!

To the back of our main orientation, Abraham Mountain went dark as the last light left its face. But the wind up above was doing some interesting things to the cloud layer. I saw this elliptical pattern developing above the mountain coming on towards dusk, and it struck me as a giant eye in the sky. There was a bit of time still to go before sunset, so we puttered around with other views while keeping a weather eye on this formation as the light moved closer to “golden hour” warmth. Fortunately the clouds held shape until the light got interesting, and we were treated to one of the more interesting sky displays I’ve seen the past year.

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