Shot Details: The spot ahead is where the Yoho and Kicking Horse River meet. I have other clean shots of this scene but I really liked the framing from the vantage point here. The trees made a nice window that just alludes to what's located beyond. The color of the water is derived from the glacial minerals worn away from the mountains. It was a steep climb down to the base and about halfway I grabbed a solid hold of a tree branch and hung off the cliff-edge for a one-handed shot.
Close your eyes and remember that place where you felt absolutely at peace, happy..maybe even more elated than any other time in your life. Forget about how it looked, focus on how it made you feel. That place for me is the interior of British Columbia. I do love the coastal areas but something about being in the middle of BC's majestic mountains just does it for me. It's still got that "raw"..this is what you get quality that you can't call the front desk and tweak to your every whim. It's there, it's been that way for a long time and won't change to suit you. Fortunately for me...I like it like that.
My favourite time of year to visit is the Fall/Winter seasons.
I may have mentioned along the way in this BLOG, but I hate Summer. I, despite being of African descent really can't tolerate heat very well. Give me crisp sweater weather anytime over walking on a beach somewhere. I'm not a biblical man, but if there is a God he got my recipe wrong.
We flew into Alberta and drove a handful of hours into Field, halfway between somewhere and somewhere else. Perfect for me. Our digs...the Cathedral Mountain Lodge, nestled in the Yoho Valley. A great jumping off point to get a good view of all those iconic places you see on instagram... The cabin was fantastic and super warm once the fireplace got going.
A little rum and a great Cuban cigar later I settled in for a pretty good night's sleep. Now, about that "how it made you feel part"..
I got up kinda of late..after 12 noon as I recall. Took the usual few minutes to figure out where I was, got out of bed threw on a hoodie and stepped out unto the deck.
I probably should have put some pants on as well because it was cold! I closed my eyes and took a big, deep breath. What happened next is that feeling I'm talking about.
I call it the volcano of pain. It starts out white hot and slowly subsides over what might seem like forever. My lungs just were not ready for that rush of cold, fresh air. It was like drinking a tall glass of ice-cold water too fast. My brain froze, my lungs froze, my heart stopped...all at once. I kinda thought later that I should probably lay off the cigars and rum a bit. Either that or I have to move out of Toronto which isn't exactly known for fresh air.. Despite that shocker, I felt great after the pain subsided and ready for another dose of the volcano. I've never had that awesome (scary) sensation anywhere else.
If you have never been to British Columbia hurry up and go before it's overrun by tourists!
Images shot with the Fujifilm X-Pro2 camera with XF10-24mm F4 R OIS lens attached. Editing was done in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop CC.