Moraine Lake | Banff National Park

February 12, 2017

Moraine Lake. Banff National Park. Alberta, Canada

"Moraine's Mirror" | Moraine Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta Canada

On our second night in Banff, I set out to scout out the famed Moraine Lake. Heavy rain clouds loomed overhead, and a brisk wind causing chop on the lake made any sunset shots an impossibility, but I made my plans for a sunrise shoot.  

Early the next morning, I made my way in the darkness to the top of the rock pile at the end of the lake. The turquoise waters below were still and mirror like in the darkness. Low clouds drifted past the tops of the rugged peaks surrounding the lake. Behind me, to the east, heavy clouds covered the horizon. It didn't seem likely that the sun would be able to break through at sunrise. Time to settle in and wait.

It is time.  Sunrise.  As I watch the clouds shift, I see an opening in the clouds coming.  The sun comes up over the horizon in just the right spot. For ten glorious minutes, the sun illuminates the tops of the peaks and the clearing storm clouds.  It's almost ridiculous how beautiful it is.  I work quickly knowing the light won't last.  After a few shots of the lake with the open view (above), I take the risk to move to my second location framing the lake with the pines in front.  I manage a few shots and then, as quickly as it began, it is over. The sun is gone, the light goes flat and a light breeze picks up and begins to ripple the lake.  This sunrise, as brief as it is, feels like a gift.

Moraine Lake. Banff National Park. Alberta, Canada

"Sunrise on Moraine Lake" | Moraine Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta Canada

 

Next up...Yoho and Kootenay National Parks. 

Check back soon for more stories and images from the Canadian Rockies. You can find the full collection of images from this trip HERE. If you missed the first blog post in this trip series, you can find it HERE

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