Spent Sunday watching the weather forecast for where I might find clear skies that night as there was a good chance for an aurora display. The only place it was looking clear for the night was east of Calgary, so I headed out on the Trans Canada away from the city lights.
The Johnston Canyon hike on the Bow Valley Parkway is always popular during the summer months. It’s a short trail with very gradual elevation gain.While it’s nice in the summer the amount of people on the trail can be a deterrent, my preference is to go during the winter months when it’s quieter. (A bit delayed considering it’s now June)
In an effort to make it out early to the Saddleback Pass trailhead the next morning I reserved a spot at one of the walk-in sites at the Two Jack Lakeside campground. There had been fire bans for most of the summer, but being late September the bans had been lifted. This is one of my favourite camping spots; the sites have easy access to the lake and there are trail running around the campground, it’s easy access to Banff Townsite (when I’m too lazy to pack food), it’s also smaller than some of the other campgrounds and you don’t have the giant RVs running generators.
A wedding brought us out to Vancouver a couple weeks ago, and we stayed downtown for a few days where I took the opportunity to capture the skyline from a higher vantage point.
We had the opportunity to visit the Cluny Fortified Village with the Alberta Archaeological Society this past weekend – it was also a chance for us to try tipi camping at the Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park. The archaeological site and museum are both located on the Siksika Reserve just outside of Calgary.
The G3 Storm watch went up saturday afternoon, with a good chance of aurora across the entire country! The only downside was that it doesn’t get dark until after 11pm in the spring months, so it was going to be a late night. I headed out early to Lake Minnewanka as it fills up quick with other people hoping to catch of the Northern Lights.
I haven’t had much luck this past year in catching aurora, it was either during the work week or any alerts came through on a cloudy/snowy night. So when I checked late friday night I was pretty stoked to see that there was a pretty decent show on. The Lyrids were also peaking through the weekend, I was able to see a couple, but don’t think I caught any on the camera.
A couple short trips out on Highway 66 for some night shots. Super rainy/cloudy since I’ve been back
A couple photos from the huge Aurora borealis display Mother’s Day (May 7th-8th). Got an alert late saturday night and took off to Lake Minnewanka to view. The roadway was packed with people but the show did not dissapoint. One of the strongest auroras I’ve seen and it went on for hours. Continue reading