Nothing catches the eye in a winter whiteout like a gloriously red tangle of rose hips. They are often found twining up a fence post or a tree trunk, and they can’t help but look cheery and festive no matter what the weather throws at them.
The Pleasant View Painters took on the challenge of painting bold winter shadows. They also did an excellent job with their background forests. It is always interesting to see how others perceive the world. What colour are shadows for you?
On days when snow is pouring down it silence of the world and the enormity of open territory are quite effective. It is an artists’ paradise, well, at least for a photographer. Even the hardiest of watercolourists can’t keep their washes from freezing on a day like this one. Sometimes the camera can say it all anyway. This barn exists in the open land near Spirit River, Alberta, and has withstood many storms like this one.
Of course when painting en plein air, even with a group of people as with Watercolour in Jasper, wildlife is always a consideration. On our trip in mid-September we saw plenty of large animals in the park, although none were curious about us.
Moose had been causing a stir on the route to Maligne Lake. A photography stop at a small pull out turned up these two, a mother and calf. At first we were by ourselves, having a quiet moment with nature. Before long though, the hoardes noticed us looking into the bush and descended, most in search of a great photo. We were lucky to wiggle the car back onto the road and escape; the moose had to stay and ready for winter as the paparazzi looked on.
Imagine the attraction of a gorgeous male moose! The highway was lined with people pulled onto narrow shoulders and streaming the edge of a steep hill to have a look at this guy. Camera in one hand, baby in another, a man beside me narrowly avoided being hit by a car as he got his shot. Thousands of photos were taken of this moose, in exactly the same position, in the ten minutes we were there.
This elk narrowed her chances of being photographed by hanging around Tekarra Lodge. Only the people staying there would see her. As you can see, she has also perfected the Rear View Photographic Evasion Tactic (RVPET).
Horseshoe Lake near Jasper, Alberta, has perfectly clear, still water allied with a jumble of rock in various shapes and sizes. The resulting mosaic-like part and counterpart of the shoreline and reflection is fascinating.
The largest picture is a reflection of the dominant cliff face, not loose rock. Click on any picture to see it bigger.