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One of the things I enjoy about prairie winters is the soft diffused quality of the sunlight. The sun is far to the south during the winter months and with cloud cover over the Rockies and its foothills the light is often filtered.
Recently while making an early trip down the Cowboy Trail highway I enjoyed this lovely sunrise, which I thought I’d share with you today.
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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.
One of the pleasures of going on safari is being out in the field when the sun rises. The soft light is magical and, of course, at this time of day there’s lots of game about.
That’s when this photo was taken. A beautiful young impala buck in the soft light of dawn! A perfect African moment.
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I love being in the mountains! One of my greatest travel experiences was a trek up Mt. Kilimanjaro. Mt. Kilimanjaro is a massive free-standing extinct volcano (actually a fusion of 3 volcanoes) in Tanzania, just south of Kenya and near the equator. It’s the highest peak in Africa (5,895 m or 19,341 ft) and, as such, one of the Seven Summits (highest mountain on each of the seven continents). Its summit can be reached without technical climbing gear but it’s a long walk up.
Our camp before the night of our ascent to Uhuru Peak was at around 18,000′ (5500 m) above sea level, right beside the glaciers of the Western Icefields. The light at …