New Year’s Afternoon Along the Bow River

Even though we’d already been out early, to photograph the first sunrise of 2014, unseasonably warm weather beckoned us out for an afternoon walk. We weren’t the only ones who responded to the beauty of the afternoon. We encountered fat-bike riders, not-so-fat-bike riders, runners and lots of others walking (with and without traction aids) along the paved pathways connecting Three Sisters to the Canmore townsite.

The blue sky was punctuated with various cloud formations, so we opted to abandon the pathway and descend to water level to photograph the land and sky. One of the best things about that particular pathway is that it offers views of all the big name peaks: Ha Ling, Rundle, Lady MacDonald, Grotto, Three Sisters. We didn’t quite get them all…

Paved pathways roughly parallel the Bow River as it flows downstream from Canmore, heading generally east towards Calgary. The south shore of the river is an ideal location to photograph Grotto Mountain and the Three Sisters (the most photographed / well-recognized mountain in Canmore).

Paved pathways roughtly parallel the Bow River as it flows downstream from Canmore, heading generally east towards Calgary. The south shore of the river is an ideal location to photograph Grotto Mountain and the Three Sisters (the most photographed / well-recognized mountain in Canmore) ~ photo by Mr. GeoK.

The same pathway offers a view of Mount Rundle, starting with the peak at the eastern end and then moving from peak to peak into Banff National Park, where Cascade Mountain is visible at the point where the Bow River Valley turns a bit of a corner.

The same pathway offers a view of Mount Rundle, starting with the peak at the eastern end and then moving from peak to peak into Banff National Park, where Cascade Mountain is visible at the point where the Bow River Valley turns a bit of a corner. ~ photo by Mr. GeoK

Looking across the Bow River, Mount Lady MacDonald defines t.he opposite side of the valley. There's still a wide channel of open water, with a narrower shelf of ice along the south bank.

Looking across the Bow River, Mount Lady MacDonald defines t.he opposite side of the valley. There’s still a wide channel of open water, with a narrower shelf of ice along the south bank. ~ photo by Mr. GeoK

Mount-Rundle

The paved path runs right beside the top of the small incline, so Mrs. GeoK had to time this photograph carefully in order not to include some of the many walkers, runners and/or bikers in her composition.

Peak-Design

We are still loving our Capture Pro clips from Peak Design. It took Mr. GeoK just a couple of seconds to safely clip his camera to the strap of his backpack when he was ready to head for home.

Anyone interested in our full review of Peak Design’s CapturePRO camera clip should read this post, which also includes details on how to get a discount on any order from Peak Design’s website.

We did walk to Quarry Lake on January 2, to scout possible locations for another night photography outing. But when Environment Canada suddenly published a winter weather warning that afternoon, we hustled back home, packed our stuff and drove back to Calgary. So this wraps up our series of posts about our very enjoyable Christmas holiday in Canmore.

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