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An intimate landscape photograph of an aspen tree beside Abraham Lake, Alberta

Queen – 2021

While planning for our 2021 winter landscape photography trip to the Canadian Rockies, I set a few goals for images or areas I wanted to explore.  The main goal I had was to explore the aspen groves growing on the shores of Abraham Lake. In the fall, the water of Abraham Lake flooded these same aspens, leading to some incredible photographs of the area. I hoped to find a spot where the water had remained high enough that the cold winter temperatures created interesting ice around the base of these aspens. Upon arrival, it was evident after a short exploratory mission that this scene no longer existed. The water level had dropped significantly, leaving the only ice I could find on the lake. I decided while exploring, though, to make a few photos of the aspen forest. There was one area in particular that looked very promising. It was at the base of a nearby mountain and didn’t receive much sun, but this resulted in heavy snow cover that reflected beautiful light everywhere. All that led to this photograph, my favourite aspen photograph from that afternoon.

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