Rocky Mountains in the Fall

Pictures from August and September 2020 near Nordegg, Alberta. About 150 kms west of Rocky Mountain House. The reserve I am from is called Maskwacis. I put that sticker there. So it’s Fall here in Alberta and I wanted to show you the colours. Yellow leaves are everywhere. I used my Olympus OMD EM10 version 2 camera for most of these shots. The lens were a 40-150 mm and a 12-60 high grade lens. Both lens have UV filters for them.

Photography

I’ve been taking pictures with my Olympus OMD EM10 camera in the Rocky Mountains lately. As well, I use my Asus 13 megapixel cell phone for panorama shots. I will add more pictures later so enjoy these ones for now.

This was at the Dry Island Buffalo Jump southeast of Red Deer, Alberta.
This was at Banff National Park recently. That’s smoke from the USA and BC forest fires.

Abraham Lake During Winter

I finally went out to Abraham Lake in Alberta, Canada. It has been a few months due to the cold weather. I have bought a used Olympus OMD EM10 camera with 16 megapixels for clarity. I also was having some fun with the Zuicko 15 mm lens, the fish eye picture with the blurry background. I also stopped in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, a few weeks ago and took a picture with my Olympus PEN EPL1 camera with 12.3 megapixels. I was using 40-150 mm Zuicko lens with that picture. When I went out January 26, 2020, there were a few people enjoying the weather and taking pictures of the lake bubbles which are produced by methane at the lake’s bottom.

Rocky shot with the Olympus PEN EPL1 camera, 40-150 mm Zuicko lens.
My Olympus OMD EM10 16 megapixel camera shot in pop art scene.
The Cowboy Trail or highway 22 north of Rocky Mountain House, sunset. OMD EM10 camera, 40-150 mm Zuicko lens.
Smoke in the distance.
Zuicko 15 mm lens.
Lots of people out taking pictures of the lake bubbles.
Mountains shot with the Olympus OMD EM10.

Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada

Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada

Jasper National Park is in the rocky mountains in Alberta. I tried making it to the Columbia Icefield Skywalk but this mountain I was going up was too hard on my truck. Next time I will travel lighter. The scenery is very good and I recommend you go on Highway 93 north from the Saskatchewan River Crossing store. The weather was nice but there was a risk of an avalanche so you have to be careful. I took pictures with my Olympus EPL1 12.3 megapixel camera and my Asus cell phone. I can’t believe my elementary grade school went on a school bus up here ! That was decades ago. If you want to see mountains and don’t have a lot of money I recommend you go see Jasper National Park.

Guitarfest 2019 Battle of the Native Rock Bands

Sweet Misery presents: Guitarfest 2019 Battle of the Native Rock Bands.

Saturday June 1, 2019, in Samson-Maskwacis, Alberta, Canada. Location: the Samson High School Jonas Applegarth Theatre. Contact: Vinnie Saddleback 1-780-360-3384.

Heavy Feather. 2nd place. Vinny the organizer to the right.
The Skodens 3rd place.
Vinny and Wife, and Organizers/Volunteers from Frog Lake, AB.

Abraham Lake in January

I went to Abraham Lake near Nordegg, Alberta, Canada, in January. This is the first time I’ve been there in the Winter. Usually I go in the Summer so this was different. The roads were good but it was cold. There were a few people out at the lake. I have to commend these people for being out here in the middle of nowhere. This is not a place where you want your vehicle to break down.

Abraham lake has these methane bubbles that come up from the bottom The bubbles get frozen one on top of the other which makes it look amazing. I guess you can call them frozen bubbles.

This area where I went to take pictures is near an Indian reservation. The people who live there are called the Kiska Waptan-Wesley First Nation. There is a store and gas station there. It’s a small community but I thought I would mention it here.

Road to Saskatchewan Crossing. The road goes south from here. Kootney Plains is over that hill.
The moon was coming out just as I was having some food. I grabbed my Olympus EPL1 camera and took this.
That’s the David Thompson Highway 11.
The frozen bubbles on Abraham Lake, Alberta, Canada.
Me with all my Winter gear heading home.

Canada Day Job

I set up a PA system in Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada, on July 1st, 2018. I had to be there early and set up before the dancers and singers got there. All went well on set up and testing and then the pow wow started. The dancer is what we call a “Chicken Dancer.” He imitates the prairie chicken if you have ever seen those birds in the wild.

I also took these pictures with my Olympus E-3 10.2 megapixels.

Left: Early morning set up.

Cranbrook, BC, Canada

Way back in the 1980s, I can’t remember the year, I took a trip from Skookumchuck (yes that’s the name) to Rocky¬† Mountain House, Alberta with two people who are no longer with us.¬† As I started my journey I had to go where I haven’t been in a while. That meant blazing a new trail for myself and going somewhere I haven’t been in a while. The first challenge was leaving Lake Louise in Alberta and making it to the BC border. As usual in mountain traveling it went up very far. Coming down was challenging too. I had to make sure not to gain to much speed because you don’t know how your vehicle is going to handle in these conditions. In BC they have run a way lains for truck drivers who lost control of their vehicles.

Getting to the Radium Hot Springs was not too bad it was coming back that was hard. As I got to Radium the small town reminded me of a Swiss Village. From there I made it to Skookumchuk and talked to a local lady. We knew the same people from that time and she updated me on the people I used to know. So I left Skooks to go Cranbrook. The place I was born. The small city has not changed much and you can still smell the pulp mill in the morning.

Finally I made it back to Alberta. Coming home was more challenging than getting there. You feel good getting home, it’s true whoever said that. It was a great get a way for two days. I packed up, got in my truck and left. I recommend people do that once in a while.

Rocky Mountains in Alberta

I had to deliver a message to a native band in camp. Camp is located near the Rocky Mountains in Alberta, Canada; central Alberta to be more precise. The message was accepted on good terms by the local Elder and I listened to him for a while. He served us coffee and we allowed to smoke cigarettes in his log cabin. The knowledge he shared made me really think about the world we live in today.

The road up was covered in ice. We went up the Elk River road again and the oilfield and forestry trucks weight made it a ice rink. We had to go slow all the way. I never lost it driving so that’s good. It was stressful from the start but I had to stay focused on the objective. The weather was cold because we were in the mountains. I had some lunch, cigarettes and hot coffee so I was good.

Me and my second driver made it back to the rez late in the evening and I tell you I was glad to be home. Here are some pictures. The trip was made in November 2017. About two weeks ago from today.

Elk River Road

I went down the Elk River Road for the first time yesterday near the Rocky Mountains in Alberta, Canada. The destination was Camp down Cardinal River road. Me and my second driver made it and visited for a bit and did some business. I saw a storm coming when I was in Camp so I know we had to go soon. As we were leaving I stopped by my nephews playing road hockey. The one boy said that was snow coming so I said we had to go now. It started with rain and soon turned to snow. By the time we were at the Cardinal River turn the snow turned into a blizzard. The road going down the Elk River road was terrible. So we drove real slow and after I saw some deer running across the road I felt better. Once we passed the Elk River campground we were almost down. Finally, we made it to the pavement and took a break. That’s when I took pictures of my truck. We made it home and I am going to remember this trip for a long time. It was good going up but coming down was a nightmare. That’s the way October is in Alberta. Always be careful driving when in the Rocky Mountains and remain calm. I do not have a 4×4 truck but it’s recommended you do. I have rain and snow tires so that helped immensely.