A gazillion stars over a little lake… autumn is coming
Today is the halway point in September. In central Alberta trees are only just starting to turn golden and lose their leaves. A few smaller trees are ahead of the larger ones by a week or two but it still doesn’t seem like autumn is here. That will soon change.
The last couple of falls have been less than spectacular here in Alberta unless you mention the larches around Banff. They are always spectacular. Once the temperatures get low enough and the amount of daylight diminishes the larches or tamarack as they are also known turn golden like clockwork.
Depending upon the forecast I’ll make my annual trip either towards the end of this week or for sure next week. By the third week of September things should be going full blast. Hopefully we don’t get too much wind which puts the leaves on the ground.
Jasper and Banff are probably at their prettiest and best right now. The summer tourist traffic has diminished and sometimes you can be surprised by an early dusting of snow on the mountain tops from the night before. It is indeed a magical time.
I’m also hoping for a few cloudless nights as the milky way drops lower below the horizon with each passing day.
While I’m on the topic of the mountains I came across an advertisement for a photo tour in a magazine last week that had me scratching my head. The ad targeted customers from overseas. Probably people who might have never been to Jasper or Banff before. I couldn’t help but think how disappointed they might end up being after having taken the tour. Why?
The tour takes place during what might be the second worst month of photography in the mountains here. March. By March the snow looks old and icy. The freshness is what makes the photo great. The customers spend a couple or three days in Banff and then Jasper and then trek to Edmonton where I live. Not a knock on the city but Edmonton in March for photos? I love our city but that is an awful time for photos. Of course they go to our world famous mall. Huh? Visit Old Strathcona. Historic? What?
The piece de resistance is a visit four hours away to Fort MacMurray to see the northern lights. Say what? Their chance of seeing the northern lights there is about the same as it is in Edmonton or Jasper. Maybe but probably not. We’re not far enough north where we get them every day or even every week. In my mind that’s a few thousand dollars down the toilet.
It never fails to amaze me how quickly people are ready to put their faith and their hard earned money in someone elses pocket. You would be far better off to take a flight on your own, rent a vehicle and discover the area for yourself. We’re not talking wilderness expeditions here but traveling on well maintained public roads. Stay on the road and it’s impossible to get lost!
The weather here has been clear and cloudless for the past week. Great for farmers getting their crops off the field but not so great for me. So I do other things. Maybe in a few days?