Canadian Rockies

Takakkaw Falls | Yoho National Park

Iceline trail is a must take hike if you’re visiting the Canadian Rockies, as it takes you mere feet from a glacier, while providing one amazing view after another of the Yoho Valley and Takakkaw Falls.

The image below was taken with some nice puffy clouds in the sky, which are great for creating odd lighting patterns on the ground. I loved how the alpine meadow was in a soft, warm light, while the falls down the valley was in a harsher type light. The clouds were moving quickly, so I set up and waited for the sun to pop a little more within the meadow, and then snapped off a few frames.


Takakkaw Falls | Yoho National Park | © Jay Moore Photography

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People In Nature | Yoho National Park

Yoho National Park is a beautiful part of the Canadian Rockies and has a several great locations to visit that are a quick drive from Banff National Park and the Lake Louise area. So, if you’re in this part of the world, I would suggest dedicating at least one day to explore Yoho Valley along Iceline Trail.

The image below was taken during the end of our hike when the shadows were getting a little longer. We came upon a person standing along the edge of one of the many alpine lakes that appear within the moraines during the summer months. I quickly composed the image to include the towering mountains in the distance and snapped off a few frames.


People In Nature | Yoho National Park | © Jay Moore Photography

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People In Nature

As documented on my blog before, the Moraine Lake area was mine and my wife’s most enjoyable spot within Banff National Park. The scenery was outstanding pretty much which ever direction you looked.

The trip up to Eiffel Lake, which shares part of its trail with Larch Valley Trail, splits off about a 1.5 miles into your journey and begins a beautiful and relaxing hike along the edge of the Valley of the Ten Peaks. The trail is less crowded than the hike up to Sentinel Pass and is worth the effort if you’re in the area for multiple days.


People In Nature | © Jay Moore Photography

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Lake Louise Morning Light

Lake Louise is a wonderful place to visit most anytime of the day, but is especially beautiful during the sunrise. It’s the best time to soak up the lake and surrounding Canadian Rockies because during the morning hours it showcases some amazing light while you’re only sharing the scene with a handful of other folks, versus hundreds of people later in the morning. That is why I highly recommend setting you alarm clock early, grab a cup of coffee and get to this location a few minutes prior to sunrise … You’ll not be disappointed.

When I arrived on this particular morning, there was a red canoe in the lake paddling around. It was the only one on the lake and I thought it would work perfectly for some interest in the foreground. So, I found a spot along the edge of the lake quickly composed the scene to showcase the glacier and its reflection in the lake, made sure to include the rising moon and then waited for the canoe to move into the position I wanted, then I snapped off a few frames.


Lake Louise Morning Light | © Jay Moore Photography

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Athabasca Glacier

The glaciers along the Icefield Parkways are an amazing site to see, as one mountain of glacier wall after another come in to view with every turn. One of the most condensed area of these glaciers are within the Columbia Icefields, which contains eight major glaciers, including Athabasca Glacier, shown below.

The glacier, one of the most grand of the set and the easiest to view (and walk on, as you can see several buses of tourist exploring the glacier within the image below) is another example of how global warming is changing the landscape of this world. Athabasca Glacier currently recedes at about 7-10 feet a year and has shrunk by almost one entire mile over the past 125 years, losing roughly half of its volume within that time. The Icefield Interpretive Centre, which sits right across the street includes many images taken from decades earlier, helping you see the major shifts that have occurred throughout the years.


Athabasca Glacier | Icefields Parkway | © Jay Moore Photography

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People In Nature | Yoho National Park

Iceline trail, which is located just inside Yoho National Park and a fairly easy ride from the Lake Louise area, is a must hike if you’re visiting this part of the world. The trail quickly gets within the alpine, giving you sweeping views of the Yoho Valley floor, along with several glaciers that occupy the area.

While resting and having some protein during the half-way point of our hike that day, my wife and I had front row seats of a couple who decided that the moraine in front of the prospect would have a better view of the Yoho valley and Daly Glacier. As they began their ascent up the moraine, I composed the scene and snapped off several frames, with the below image being one of my favorites.


People In Nature | © Jay Moore Photography

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Wood

When out photographing I tend to spend my time searching for trees within the landscape that tell the story of the scene. I love finding those stand alone vibrant tree that showcase solitude, strength and independence, but one thing I try to remember to do is look down from time to time to see the trees from yesteryear, as they can provide for dramatic images, such as in the image below.

Wood | © Jay Moore Photography

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Lake Louise | Sunrise

Lake Louise is a beautiful place to visit within Banff National Park. It’s a popular destination for tourists around the world and after you get a chance to see the area with your own eyes, you quickly understand why it’s become so crowded with summer vacationers.

One great way to see the lake is during the morning sunrise, as the crowds of tourists are diminished dramatically, but more importantly the mountains and glaciers face east, which puts a soft, warm light upon the scene. And on certain mornings, such as in the image below, the alpine wind hasn’t begun to blow, leaving the lake crystal clear for an amazing reflection of the surrounding mountains and glaciers.


Lake Louise | Sunrise | Banff National Park | © Jay Moore Photography

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Glacier Water | Moraine Lake

Glacier lakes are a beautiful sight to see. The color of the water can be a variety of different shades, as it depends on the amount of glacier sediment within the lake in combination with how that sediment settles within the water. The calmer the water, the more those particles can settle and better reflect the light and sky, creating interesting shades of blue and green.

Moraine Lake is made from almost a perfect scenario. It has a high amount of glacier sediment, as it’s located within a bowl of glaciers. And it’s also somewhat protected at where the rushing glacier sediment water enters the lake, which helps keep the water calm. These two elements in combination helps give Moraine Lake an amazing shade of turquoise water, especially when it’s viewed on a bright, clear sunny day, such as in the image below.

And the piece of wood within the scene is floating on top of the calm water, creating an almost abstract image.


Glacier Water | Moraine Lake | © Jay Moore Photography

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People In Nature | Yoho National Park

One of my favorite ‘People In Nature’ image that I captured on my trip to the Rockies is when my wife and I were hiking the Iceline trail in Yoho National Park in Canada. A must hike if you’re visiting the area, you spend most of your time mere feet beside Emerald Glacier and the west face of the towering Vice President mountain, with stunning views down across Yoho valley.

The image below is from one of the prospects along the trail, which overlooks the valley below and Daly Glacier. I knew right away that the scene was perfect for a people in nature image, so I scrabbled up the moraines to give myself a better vantage point of the prospect and the glacier in the distance. My wife then carefully hiked up the narrow path as I captured a scene that I think highlights a sense of strength, persistence and accomplishment …


People In Nature | Yoho National Park | © Jay Moore Photography

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Glacier Creek

The sediment within glacier water is one of the main reason for its unique colors, which can range from turquoise to white with many shades in between. The more the water is turned up, such as in the image below of a rushing creek, it takes on a look that’s more similar to flowing non-fat milk than water.

During our hike through Paradise Valley within Banff National Park there was lots of rushing water, including several smaller creeks that were flowing very fast. We stopped at one that turned by the path and then under a bridge, which gave us a great vantage point to see up the creek. Since it was later in the day and the sun was behind a mountain, the light was diffused and created even lighting throughout the scene.


Glacier Creek | Banff National Park | © Jay Moore Photography

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Columbia Icefield and Wildflowers

The Icefields Parkway is something that you must explore for at least one day while visiting Banff and/or Jasper National Park in Canada. The drive is absolutely spectacular and if you make it a long day trip, you can take in a couple of beautiful hikes to break up your driving. One hike that must be taken is Wilcox Pass, as it gives you sweeping views of the Columbia Icefields.

A big storm was rolling in and my wife and I were hiking quickly to try and stay ahead of the bad weather. And even though the storm eventually cut our hike and photography short, the images that led up to it was worth it, including the image below with wildflowers in the foreground and the Columbia Icefields looming in the distance. The icefield feeds eight major glaciers, including the Athabasca Glacier (middle) and Dome Glacier (right), seen in the image below.


Columbia Icefield | Icefields Parkway | © Jay Moore Photography

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Walk In Paradise | People In Nature

The hike up to Eiffel Lake goes right up the Valley of the Ten Peaks and is a wonderful second hike within the area. It’s second only to the day hike up to Sentinel Pass and actually shares the beginning of the trail before spurring off about 1.5 miles up the switchbacks. As soon as you break through into the alpine section the trail provides one amazing view after another of the surrounding peaks. The 11,000 feet-plus mountains hover over your every step, reminding you that you’re in a place like no other.

I wanted to capture natures size and power of the area and decided including a person would help with the perspective. I used a longer zoom lens to compress the scene of the mountainous background to the foreground of my wife on the Eiffel Lake trail. Make sure to click on the image to get a larger version of the scene.


Walk In Paradise | People In Nature | © Jay Moore Photography

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Lake Louise

Lake Louise is a popular destination within the Canadian Rockies. And after you’ve had a chance to visit this amazing part of the world, you can see why. It’s a little more commercialized than the other areas around Banff National Park, but as soon as you get away from the crowds of the famous Fairmount Chateau (seen in the image below) and up on the trails, the crowds thin out and the scenes improve.

We took the Plain of the Six Glaciers hike later in the day, since the crowds would be smaller and the lighting is in a better position to highlight Lake Louis and the surrounding mountain tops. When we stopped at the teahouse, which is a quint little two story building and located at 6,857 feet, we were one of the only people sipping our tea and hot chocolate and had the best table in the place which included amazing views of Victoria and Lefroy Glacier’s. We continued past the teahouse to the prospect, which is just a little further up the trail and is well worth the extra effort as it gives you sweeping views of the valley below, along with close-ups of the multiple glaciers that sit atop the monstrous peaks. Below is an image down the valley onto Lake Louise. You can even see the teahouse in the bottom left hand corner, just follow the small trail to the square looking structure in the trees …


Lake Louise | Banff National Park | © Jay Moore Photography

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Glacier Abstract

During our trip to the Rockies we were able to enjoy the sights (and sounds) of many glaciers. There were many times that we would stop and just stare at these amazing collections of snow and ice. The thought that something forms and stays intact from centuries at a time can really get your mind racing, especially when you’re experiencing it within such a beautiful location.

In the image below, I decided to use my longer lens to zoom in on parts of the glacier to focus on smaller sections, as I found it created abstract type shapes and forms between the glacier and the cliffs. The final image was converted to black and white to help highlight the interaction of those elements.


Glacier Abstract | © Jay Moore Photography

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Moraine Lake Sunset

If you ever get a chance to visit Banff National Park in Canada, then you must make a trip to Moraine Lake. I would even suggest multiple visits at different times of the day to see the lake and surrounding peaks within different light.

This location quickly became my wife and my favorite area within Banff, as we enjoyed the scenery and the hikes around this amazing part of the world. We made the trek to this gem of a spot several times during our stay in the Canadian Rockies and one of the most dramatic times of the day is during the early evening, starting about two hours prior to sunset. The suns light enters from an opening of the peaks from the West, creating a dramatic directional light on the Valley of the Ten Peaks. It’s one of those areas that you can sit back, relax and just enjoy natures show. That’s what my wife and I did as we grabbed some cheese and crackers, and a bottle of red and pulled up a rock on the ‘rockpile’ and watched the light change from minute to minute.


Moraine Lake Sunset | © Jay Moore Photography

If you’re interested in how the location looks during the morning sunrise … CHECK OUT MY PREVIOUS POST

Photography / Hiking Insight: As said above, Moraine Lake is beautiful anytime of day to visit, but sunrise and sunset bring a special light to this magical place, giving it even more drama than usual. I enjoyed the morning light a little more than evening (August) since it touched on many of the Ten Peaks (was at location about 15 minutes before the scheduled sunrise). However, the evening light (as seen above) is very dramatic (at location about two hours before scheduled sunset for best angled light), but since the Canadian Rockies generate its own clouds throughout the day, we only had a few small windows to photograph the scene before the clouds covered the dramatic light.

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Lake O’Hara Region | Alpine Circuit

The Lake O’Hara region is a special area of the world and is a must see location if you visit the Canadian Rockies. It does take some planning as its a protected area with only 42 day hikers per day getting permits, which must be obtained by calling ahead 3-months to the day that you plan on visiting the area. The call can take up to several hours and hundreds of redials, but the time on the phone is fully worth it, as 3-months later you’ll be hiking one of the most inspirational trails that you’ll ever set foot on.

The below image is from along the Huber Ledges Alpine section of the Alpine Circuit, where you can see the chain of glacier lakes from Lake Oesa on the left, down to Lake O’Hara on the right, with Lefroy Lake, Victoria Lake and Yukness Lake in between. The day of our hike had storm clouds rolling into the area and threatened to potential ruin our hiking trip, but we pushed on and the clouds provided for some dramatic scenes and the rain and thunder held off until that night when we were off the mountain side.


Lake O’Hara Region | © Jay Moore Photography

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Canadian Rockies | Ordaray Mountain

The image below is another reminder that just because you have an unfavorable weather forecast, morning clouds, rain or a potential thunderstorm, to continue with your photography plans. For my wife and I, we were going to take the trip up to the Lake O’Hara region no matter what mother nature threw at us. However, the day before our big trip, to arguably one of the most beautiful places in the world, there was rain and thunderstorms in the forecast.

We woke that morning and stayed positive (unlike the night before when the photographer of the family was slightly cranky), caught the permit only bus up to Lake O’Hara and made our way up to the Alpine circuit. Because we got somewhat lucky and there were building clouds throughout the afternoon, some puffy whites and some storm, it provided for spectacular skies (even though we knew those skies could turn on us at any moment and cut our hike short). The sun kept popping from behind those clouds throughout the day, and when we turned one corner of our hike, we got an amazing view of Ordaray Mountain bathed in partial sunlight. I switched out to a longer lens (70-200mm) to compress the scene to showcase the mountain range against the amazing sky.


Canadian Rockies | Ordaray Mountain | © Jay Moore Photography

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Accomplishment | People In Nature

First off, let me start by saying my wife is a saint. She is JMP’s number one fan and supporter. And as a significant other of a photographer (as some of you out there might understand), she patiently understands my passion of capturing the world one frame at a time. She always smiles when I talk about directional lighting, constantly nods her head when I discuss shape within a scene, but what makes her so special to me and my business is her willingness to always help out. As a small business owner, you need as many people in your corner as you can get and having your wife leading the effort always makes me smile from ear to ear.

So, when I decided that on our recent trip to the Rockies, I wanted more of my images to include people within my landscape photography, my wife happily accepted the challenge and helped me create some very impactful images of people in nature.

Below is one of those scene where I wanted to include a person within nature, so my wife took a prominent spot on the rock ledge looking out over the Lake O’Hara region while I composed and snapped several frames.

The scene has an accomplishment type energy to it and would work well for businesses that want to showcase that energy to their staff or customers. ‘Accomplishment’ text could be included within the scene if wanted.


Accomplishment | People In Nature | © Jay Moore Photography

Continue to check back for additional images of ‘People In Nature’ as some of our close friends help me capture some stunning images in the Rockies …

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Valley of the Ten Peaks & Larch Valley

Valley of the Ten Peaks and the Moraine Lake area have one spectacular view after another, including the stunning hike up to Sentinel Pass, which takes you through Larch Valley. The views begin to open up as you plod through the valley with grand views of Valley of the Ten Peaks showing itself as you entire into the alpine section.

My wife and I actually took the trail on two different occasions, as we both feel in love with it on our first ascent to the top of Sentinel Pass. So, on our last day in the Canadian Rockies we decided to take a side trip to Larch Valley after spending the morning hiking to Eiffel Lake. During our first hike through the area, we enjoyed the beautiful wildflowers and awe-inspiring views, however, I realized after the hike that I missed one particular image. I didn’t capture any scenes with the many calm, small lakes that dot larch valley. So, on our second trip up, I focused upon the reflections of the small lakes and after working the area, I found myself in front of a piece of wood and a few rocks with some of the best scenery in the world as the back ground.


Valley of the Ten Peaks | Larch Valley | © Jay Moore Photography

The image above is another reminder that you have to work the scene no matter where you are, keep moving your feet and try to find a slightly different image from the one you just took. It was roughly 15-20 minutes before I finished with the above scene. If I would have just taken one image of this small lake, it would resulted in just an average image, but with persistence I was able to capture a scene that ended up being one of my favorites during our time in the Rockies.

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Lake O’Hara | Canadian Rockies

Lake O’Hara is one of the most beautiful locations in the world … And the alpine circuit trail is arguably one of the best day hikes that you can ever experience. If you’re visiting this part of the world, I highly recommend putting this area on your itinerary.

We got extremely lucky with weather on the day we were scheduled for this once-in-a-lifetime hike (more on that in a future blog post … my wife is currently smiling). The storm held off and instead of getting the rain and thunderstorms that were forecasted we got spectacular skies filled with puffy white and building storm clouds.

The image below is toward the end of the alpine circuit looking out from Opabin Prospect with the Wiwaxy Peaks hovering over Lake O’Hara on the right and Odaray Mountain towards the left in the background. If you look closely at the lake, you can see a boat gliding through the turquoise blue water, which I think works perfectly to help give perspective of the massive mountains surrounding Lake O’Hara.


Lake O’Hara | © Jay Moore Photography

Photography / Hiking Insight: Make sure to call ahead to book your Lake O’Hara permit, as they only allow a very limited number of day hikers into the region per day. Trust me, the hours spent on hold a few months before your trip is completely worth it when you’re hiking the alpine circuit. The alpine circuit is not easy, but is do able for most people. It starts with a difficult incline to Wiwaxy Gap (which is directly above the last ‘h’ in my watermark, where there is a small dip on the crest of the mountain), but then levels out throughout the rest of the way. Plus, you are experiencing one spectacular view after another, so the small inclines and declines are barely noticeable.

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Achievement | People In Nature

The image below comes as close to a motivational poster that I’ve ever photographed. It was a result of being at the right place at the right time with the right gear … Luck meets preparation.

During one of the pretties hikes within the Canadian Rockies that my wife and I took (Sentinel Pass to Paradise Valley within Banff National Park) we stopped for about 15-20 minutes to let the other half of our hiking group catch up, as we were scrabbling down a steep boulder section and they needed to take a little longer to traverse the section safely.

As we were waiting, another hiker pointed out there were climbers on the hoodoo rock directly in front of us. Since we had some time, I switched out to my 70-200mm lens and my 2x extender (thus 400mm lens), and began snapping a few frames of the climber up the rock face, knowing that I would fire off several when he arrived at the top. The day was beautiful with lots of puffy clouds and the rock was in shade pretty much the entire time he was climbing. However, right as he was getting to the top, the sun popped out, bathing the hoodoo in a golden glow, which created a perfect contrast to the large cliffs behind him, which had a blue hue within the shade.


Achievement | © Jay Moore Photography

Photography / Hiking Insight: My wife and I decided to do the thru hike up to Sentinel Pass and down to Paradise Valley. As for lighting in August, I would suggest getting on the trail somewhat earlier (8ish), so by the time you get to the top of Sentinel Pass, the lighting is still at the correct angle for views back into the Valley of the Ten Peaks, while still giving you nice light for your hike down into Paradise Valley. It’s a long hike, we tracked it at 16 miles, but the day was spectacular and we considered it one of the best hikes we took the entire time we were in the Canadian Rockies. However, the next time we will probably do each hike separately on different days (Day 1 – up and back to Sentinel Pass Day; Day 2 – hike into Paradise Valley).

Research: We primarily used Kathy and Craig Copeland’s book (Don’t Waste Your Time in the Canadian Rockies; The Opinionated Hiking Guide) and it was right on with every hike that it suggested. We also used Brian Patton and Bart Robinson’s book (Canadian Rockies Trail Guide) which was a great resource and provided details of each of the hikes we took. I would suggest getting them both, as you can do lots of your research before even arriving within the area.

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Moraine Lake and Valley of The Ten Peaks | Sunrise

Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks is absolutely breathtaking. My wife and I recently visited this location for the first time when we were in the Canadian Rockies and it instantly jumped to the top of our ‘must return to list.’ We spent many days within the area hiking and soaking up the many amazing views. No matter if you’re a photographer, painter or someone who just enjoys natures beauty, this is a place that you must visit with your own eyes.

The lake is a gorgeous color of bright turquoise because of the glacier water and sediment that flows into and settles within the lake. That glacier sediment only reflects a small range of blues and greens, giving the water an almost unreal color. It sits directly below the Valley of Ten Peaks (seven of the peaks are seen within the image below), which are all over 10,000 feet and are between 4,000 to 5,000 feet above the waters edge, giving the area a dramatic look during any time of day.

I woke on one of the mornings to photograph sunrise from one of the iconic spots to view the lake, on top of the ‘Rockpile’ (which is just that, a massive rock pile that sits on one side of the lakes edge). I got to the spot I had scouted a couple days before, composed my image to include a foreground of trees and rocks and began firing my shutter when the sun first hit the top of the tallest mountain peaks. For the first 20-30 minutes the weather was pretty much perfect, as there was no breeze and the water was as clear as glass, which created an amazing reflection within its blueish hue.


Moraine Lake and Valley of The Ten Peaks | © Jay Moore Photography

Photography / Hiking Insight: As said above, Moraine Lake is beautiful anytime of day to visit, but sunrise and sunset bring a special light to this magical place, giving it even more drama than usual. I enjoyed the morning light more than evening (August) since it touched on many of the Ten Peaks (was at location about 15 minutes before the scheduled sunrise). However, the evening light was very dramatic (at location about 2-hours before scheduled sunset for best angled light), but since the Canadian Rockies generate its own clouds throughout the day, we only had a few small windows to photograph the scene before the clouds covered the dramatic light.

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