Northern Lights Put on Another Show in Banff: Cosmic Curtains

Last night we had a nice aurora display last night over Banff National Park. It was pretty subdued to the naked eye overall, but the camera picked up a wonderful colour palette.

Self-portrait, Lake Minnewanka, Banff National Park.

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The Sentinel – Auroras at Lake Minnewanka

I haven’t been this excited about a photo in a long time. When this shot was taken I was perhaps not the most thrilled photographer. It was the second night in a week that I went chasing the auroras all night and they were hidden somewhere behind a veil of clouds (as you can tell from the surreal sky) even though the rest of the country seemed to be seeing them. It turns out that I was completely unaware that I was taking one of my most memorable shots.

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Annapurna Trails

Natural and man-made streaks of light meet in the Himalayan night at Annapurna south, as hikers make their way to the base camp for the sunrise spectacle. Machhapuchhare Base Camp, Nepal. This image is available as a print. f/4.0, 8 minutes, ISO 320, 80.0 mm on Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM, 5D Mk II body.

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Stars Over Nuptse

At 7,864m above sea level, Nuptse is one monster of a mountain. Yet it does not stand out from most angles due to its proximity to higher neighbours Everest and Lhotse. Viewed from the west however,  Nuptse steals the show with its pointing peak and imposing icefalls. Long after the sun has disappeared in the…

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When Night Arrives at Swayambhunath

These images are best viewed large – please click on either for a larger version. The monkeys take it all back. I could not believe how much this place changes within an hour, with the arrival of darkness. The temple is overrun by visitors in broad daylight, and then somehow they all disappear and the…

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Domes of Light

This image is much better viewed large – please click on it for a larger version. Another day of high altitude trekking is followed by another magical night in the Himalaya. This was taken close to Dhampus Pass, on the east side of Dhaulagiri. Nilgiri is the mountain in the background. This image is available…

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Moon Over Chele, Mustang

This image is best viewed large – please click on it for a larger version. The kingdom of Mustang has only been open to foreign visitors for 20 years and largely retains its charm from centuries of isolation. Change is on the horizon however, and a road is currently being built through a region that…

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