Spring time in Alberta

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I waited and waited and waited for the right weather conditions before going out to take photos.

There were a couple of false alarms from our local television weather forecasters that never materialized but my reliable cleardarksky.com website pulled through again.

With the snow rapidly melting in southern Alberta my pile at the end of the driveway which was two meters high a week ago is now down to less than half that. With all the melting comes humidity. If the winds are too high at night the fog that I look for can’t form.

On Friday morning I got up early as usual and having looked at cleardarksky the evening before was hopeful that conditions would be great and they were. The fog was thick.

I don’t think that in all my years of taking landscapes that I have ever seen such a heavy fog. It was so thick at times that driving safely meant keeping speeds under 25 km/hr.

Every direction seemed to be full of photos. I was either manic or my eyes weren’t playing tricks on me. As the sun broke through the fog around 7:40 a.m. the landscape changed again. I prefer to have the sun in my photos. It adds more depth and I wasn’t to be disappointed.

Around 9:00 a.m. I was making my way home with a few dozen captures. Thinking that my shooting was done for the morning I made my way back down the same side road that I have driven dozens of times when looking east the scene above caught my eye.

Of course I pulled over. Put my four way flashers on and quickly snapped off a few variations of the scene. What you see is typical of an Alberta spring morning. Water that was melted the day before freezes over at night which provides a great material to reflect the morning sun on.

This is the first one that I have processed from two great mornings of shooting. The fog was even thicker on Saturday morning.

Happy shooting,


~ by Dan Jurak on March 25, 2019.

5 Responses to “Spring time in Alberta”

  1. Such a beautiful light and mood

  2. Thank you Mercedes.
    There is beauty all around us no matter where we live.

  3. That’s so true!! I’m super lucky because I live in Switzerland, one of the prettiest countries I’ve seen… but it’s also nice to see the beauty from other places at the other side of the world… and your part looks like a dream in this photo 🙂

  4. Switzerland? Wow! I visited there about 20 years ago and it really reminded me of Jasper and Banff national park here in Alberta.
    You are blessed to be living in such a gorgeous place.

  5. Yes, and it’s such a playground for photographers! I’ve never taken as many photos as I do here every weekend. The cities and nature are stunning! I do feel blessed!!!
    Actually, your foggy photo reminds me to some autumn shots from the Graubunden area… I haven’t been there yet, but seeing your photo makes me want to plan an autumn trip to that region!

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