Spent the weekend embracing the unknown in Yosemite on a mission to look for new perspectives, and it really couldn't have gone any better! With our time quickly evaporating into the afternoon light, I spotted an outcropping between the trees and made a b-line to check it out. When I emerged from the trees, it was unlike anything I'd ever seen before in Yosemite. And from that moment, I knew I had found what I was looking for.
This summer, I spent a lot of time on trips working on my long exposure shots, trying out different combinations of filters to use, such as using both a circular ND and graduated ND filter on the same shot. I've never really been a long exposure person, but it was fun to step out of my comfort zone and add a new tool to the tool belt, so to speak. What's everyone working on and how can I help?! Would love to know and help if possible! ✌️
There comes a time in every adventure where the legs are tired, the pack is heavy and you question all of life's choices, but as soon as you do, you get your first real glimpse of your destination and your worries all fade and you have all your life answers, or at least the ones as to why you thought it would be a good idea to hike 25 miles with a heavy pack. Looking down over the meadows and into the valley in Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park.
Acting natural at the Natural Bridge in Yoho National Park. It's incredible how many different national parks there are in Canada and the close proximity they are to each other. You can leave one park and immediately enter another, with the scenery never missing a beat. Yoho may be known for the beautiful Emerald Lake Lodge, but spots such as the Natural Bridge and Takakkaw Falls definitely hold their own.
Paddled for hours just to catch a glimpse of the famous Spirit Island....just kidding. I took the last ferry out with hopes of scoring some afternoon light and enjoyed my 30 minute boat ride along Maligne Lake. While I love going the extra mile for a shot, I'd say skipping the paddle out to Spirit Island was a good decision. To be honest, I was more captivated by the massive cirques, glaciers and bowls that surround Maligne Lake than I was actually seeing Spirit Island, and while it was still cool to see, I don't think the 20+km round trip paddle would have been worth it unless I was staying at one of the nearby backcountry sites overnight to truly enjoy all this lake has to offer. Plus, the boat ride was very informative and I appreciated learning more about the rich history that surrounds this magnificent place!
Early morning reflections of Mt. Assiniboine in Sunburst Lake. By this point in our trek, my sprained ankle was in a lot of pain but after witnessing the beautiful sunrise this morning, I became extra motivated to push through and make it to this spot before catching the helicopter out a couple hours later. Definitely worth it.