Patience – Moraine Lake

During my time in the Canadian Rockies of Alberta Canada I visited Moraine Lake on a number of occasions. I continually went back there not only to capture it under varying conditions but simply because the place is AMAZING. Each and every time I made it up there I would sit and stare in awe. It is hard not to.

Prior to my latest visit of this location I had captured it under your typical sunny summer conditions and on other occasions completely or partially frozen over but I still wasn’t satisfied. I wanted it snow covered with the lake in its liquid state.

On this particular occasion I was driving back to where I was living in Canmore, Alberta, Canada from Olympic National Park in Washington U.S.A. It was a long day of driving and after just having spent almost 2 months living out of my van/tent on the road I was ready to get home to Canmore. Anyway, I was just one hour from Canmore at 10:30pm when it started to snow pretty heavily, enough so that I was convinced it was going to stick (It was fall so the temperatures had just began to take a dive becoming cold enough for snow to not melt as soon as it landed). I thought to myself, this may be the last and only opportunity  I get to shoot Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks blanketed in snow. I figured it was too good of an opportunity to pass up and spent the night in the van hoping the conditions cleared in the morning.

I’m happy I decided to stick it out for one last night. What a magic morning.

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28 responses

  1. A very cool image mate!:)

    April 25, 2011 at 2:32 pm

  2. Looks a bit chilly alright, nice capture Luke.

    April 25, 2011 at 3:26 pm

  3. Amazing shot Luke.

    April 25, 2011 at 3:28 pm

  4. Mike Isaak

    Awesome shot Luke! Worth the wait for sure.

    April 25, 2011 at 6:39 pm

  5. Beautiful shot Luke! Well worth sticking around for.
    Hope you had a great time in Olympic Nat Park!

    April 26, 2011 at 12:40 am

  6. Nice one Luke … Funny this is the second time Lake Moraine has come up today … Earlier today I was judging a photo comp and someone had this very lake as a submission ….

    April 26, 2011 at 3:47 pm

  7. Third time then. I saw this lake in a comp yesterday but it was nothing like this !!!!

    April 26, 2011 at 4:28 pm

  8. absolutely fantastic !)

    April 26, 2011 at 5:31 pm

  9. Great view of the lake Luke, colour and depth is beautiful.

    April 27, 2011 at 4:12 am

  10. Luke Austin

    Thanks for the comments and feedback, I appreciate it

    April 27, 2011 at 6:17 am

  11. danproud

    I’m cold just looking at it! Stunning image mate, love how there isn’t many colours, and the blue is so vibrant.

    April 27, 2011 at 12:09 pm

  12. love it!

    April 27, 2011 at 5:35 pm

  13. Chloe

    WOW. it looks amazing.. or that could be your fabulous photography skills 🙂

    April 28, 2011 at 12:23 pm

  14. ahhh that just makes me melt. I would love to see something like that and get a chance to shoot it. Brilliant.

    April 28, 2011 at 7:38 pm

  15. wayte27

    Flat out amazing, I know they all say “see your own country first” but there are so many amazing places like this to see also
    thanks for sharing mate

    April 29, 2011 at 2:47 pm

  16. Tony Middleton

    Ice cool image Luke – wicked work again mate !

    May 1, 2011 at 12:23 am

  17. Brilliant shot Luke! looks bloody cold!

    May 1, 2011 at 7:43 am

  18. Just simply stunning!

    May 4, 2011 at 5:50 pm

  19. Great shot Luke, looks like you’ve got some nice detail there.

    May 5, 2011 at 2:02 pm

  20. wow, amazing shot Luke. well done on envisioning the image and persisting. you freekin nailed it. I love it! 😀

    May 8, 2011 at 6:40 pm

  21. Everyone else summed it up really.
    Just awesome. Cold and beautiful!

    May 9, 2011 at 12:19 pm

  22. Amazing shot, makes me want to go back there right now!

    May 11, 2011 at 11:37 am

  23. ripper mate! i love it!

    May 22, 2011 at 7:59 pm

  24. Very nice!

    June 7, 2011 at 3:56 am

  25. so beautiful. need to get myself a car here in BC so i can explore all these amazing places.

    August 22, 2011 at 12:35 pm

  26. Oh, to live so close to the mountains. Lovely image.

    August 22, 2011 at 9:26 pm

  27. Awesome shot Luke! CRISP!

    November 20, 2011 at 8:00 pm

  28. Vincent Piotrowski

    Great image of Moraine! There are SO many shots of this place but this one really stands out.

    April 19, 2012 at 10:15 pm

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