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Exploring the Fjords of Patagonia: 6) A Storm at Cape Horn

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We headed south across Nassau Bay on the morning of our last full day aboard the Australis.  Our hope was to be able to go ashore at Cape Horn (Cabo de Hornos), the most southerly island in the Tierra del Fuego archipelago — weather and conditions allowing.  When I enquired about what our odds of going ashore were the night before, I was told 50-50.  I think, in retrospect, that was an overly optimistic prediction.

Route Map, Cape Horn

Route Map, Cape Horn


It would have been nice to walk on this remote island, the most southern point of South America.  It was discovered by the Dutch in 1616 and is known as the “End of the Earth”.  Cape Horn has a sheer 425-meter (1,394-foot) high rocky promontory which overlooks …

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“Pic of the Week”, December 6, 2019: Fresh Snow in the Mountains

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I love driving through the mountains.  Perhaps no season in the mountains is more memorable than winter.  The fresh snow on the Rocky Mountains in the Crowsnest Pass and soft light were quite lovely. 

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“Pic of the Week”, August 21, 2015. Sunrise in the Canadian Rockies

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There are moments I’m really glad I always travel with a camera.  This past weekend I drove to Banff National Park for a hike and fossil discovery trip (in the famous Burgess shale –more to follow).  I had to leave my home in Calgary quite early, departing before sunrise.  It had been raining overnight and the sky was overcast and cloudy.  As I approached the Bow Valley entrance into the Rockies, the clouds began to break up and the tops of some of the mountains caught the early morning light.

It was beautiful!  I hope you agree.

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“Pic of the Week”, March 6, 2015. Clearing winter storm

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While much of the eastern part of North America has had some terrible winter storms this year, we in the west have had a relatively mild winter.  There are some storms, but in Alberta these have been short and separated by periods of warmer weather (thanks to the warming westerly Chinook winds).

Still, within the Rocky Mountains winter storms can be dramatic and dump lots of snow.  At at distance, they seem beautiful to me.  A few photos of a storm in the Alberta Rockies viewed from the foothills of the great prairies.

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