“Pic of the Week”, March 20, 2020: Alpenglow on the Kootenay Rockies

03 Kootenay Rockies, February

I was passing through the Kootenay Rockies of Eastern British Columbia at dusk, just as the sun was setting.  That occurs early during the winter months, around 4 – 5 pm.  It was a clear day and I could see a bit of the alpenglow on the snow clad mountains. 

The alpenglow is a band of reddish light observed in the direction opposite of the setting sun, and occurs just as the sun dips below the horizon.  It’s best appreciate on the mountain tips, as you see here. The phenomenon lasts just a minute or two, then it’s gone.  But it was a lovely scene.

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Cranbrook, B.C. — Gateway to the Kootenay Rockies


I’d driven through the small city of Cranbrook at least a dozen times without stopping for more than gas or a cup of coffee at Tim Horton’s.  The view of Cranbrook from the highway 95 is not inspiring — a lengthy string of fast food joints, hotels and small businesses.  But the mountainous setting of the area is beautiful so I wanted to spend a little time exploring the region “off the highway”.  My wife and I took a weekend to do so and had a lovely time.

Cranbrook is situated in the middle of the 16 km (10 mile) broad Rocky Mountain Trench in southeastern British Columbia, close to Alberta and Idaho, …

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