Jul 27, 2014
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summer in the cascade mountains

Hi everyone,

I have just returned from a short trip to British Columbia’s Cascade Mountains. Joining me were two of my good friends and very talented photographers: Glenn Bartley and Connor Stefanison. We spent two nights camping in this beautiful region of the province; photographing in Manning Provincial Park and further north high in an alpine backcountry area. Glenn had a couple species in mind that he had hoped to add to his growing Canadian bird portfolio. Connor and I knew just the place which gave us the chance to revisit some of our old stomping grounds!

One species of interest was the White-tailed Ptarmigan. During our time spent hiking in the alpine, we were fortunate enough to locate several families. No easy task as they are amazingly camouflage! Their plumage adapts to their environment throughout the year, making them very cryptic birds indeed. I spent most of my time photographing the tennis ball-sized youngsters. I was amazed at their independence. Perhaps less than a week old and already they strayed 20m or more from the safety and warmth of mom, gleaning insects and plucking seeds from the sparsely vegetated tundra.
 

- Ptarmlet -

A White-tailed Ptarmigan chick steps down the side of a boulder, framed by pink mountain heather. Cascade Mountains, British Columbia, Canada.Canon 5DM3 | Canon 70-200mm f/4 | 1/1250th | f/4.5 | ISO 320

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Summer in the alpine is truly spectacular. Small tarns filled with fresh, cold water dot the rugged landscape; ridge tops decorated with wildflower-laden meadows seek the sun of long days and bird song fills the crisp clear air.

Pastel colour lingers in the evening sky above a towering granite monolith. Cascade Mountains, British Columbia, Canada.

- Sentience -

Pastel colour lingers in the evening sky above a towering granite monolith. Cascade Mountains, British Columbia, Canada. 
Canon 5DM3 | Canon 17-40mm f/4 | 1/4th | f/11 | ISO 50

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Aside from the White-tailed Ptarmigans and Hoary Marmots, we were fortunate to have this beautiful alpine area all to ourselves. There is nothing more peaceful than watching the night settle in from a backcountry campsite, high in the mountains.

The sky darkens as another summer day has passed in the high alpine. Cascade Mountains, British Columbia, Canada.

The sky darkens above our backcountry campsite as another summer day passes in the high alpine. Cascade Mountains, British Columbia, Canada. 

Canon 5DM3 | Canon 17-40mm f/4 | 30sec | f/5.6 | ISO 1000

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Kiss of Light

- Kiss of Light -

Engelmann spruce trees catch the day’s last rays as the sun descends into a thick veil of forest fire smoke. Manning Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada.

Canon 5DM3 | Canon 70-200mm f/4 | 1.3sec | f/14 | ISO 50

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I can’t wait to return to this great area of wilderness with great friends!
 

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