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Castle Mountain towers over the Trans-Canada Highway in the Canadian Rockies. It’s a mountain that draws the attention of landscape photographers, including myself. In 2020, I photographed this mountain in what might be unmatched light and conditions. In 2021, I noticed an area on Google Earth that opened up to the mountain in a much cleaner way than the spot that’s typically photographed. On our last evening, we headed there, threw on our hip waders and snowshoes and trudged through waist-deep snow to try and reach this area. After an exhausting kilometre or two, we made it, and I was taken back by all of the photographic potential in this untouched area. There were so many potential compositions, but we underestimated just how long it would take to get there. I didn’t get a photo I loved but knew I needed to go back.
On the first morning of our 2022 Rockies trip, we headed back to this spot with hopes that the small clearing forecasted would materialize. We all set up along the Bow River and waited for the light to break through. At times, it looked like it was going to push through, but it never quite reached the mountain. Disappointed, we packed up and started walking back. As soon as we crossed the river, the light began to improve, and we began to see that we may have called it too early. I ran back to my spot, quickly set up and captured this fleeting moment of light before it was gone.
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