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    Early morning sun burns off the mist hanging over the Red Deer River Valley.

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    Nez Perce Creek along "The Miner's Path" in Coleman, AB Canada. Miners would walk this trail from Coleman to McGillivray Mine - sometimes up to 200 each shift between 1909 and 1957.

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    Nez Perce Creek along "The Miner's Path" in Coleman, AB Canada. This is a beautiful and easy walk starting at Flumerfelt Park in town, following a canyon ending in a waterfall. On your way back, cross the creek and take the steep stairs up and follow the same route miners took to the McGillivray Mine. The entrances have been collapsed but there are several artifacts around, and at one of the filled-in mine entrances there is still small holes where you can feel (and smell) cool air escaping. Special thanks to the very knowledgeable young woman we met there who just happened to work at the local museum and knew all about the mine!

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    BX Creek - Vernon, BC Canada

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    Mount Kidd. Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

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    In all her glory
    Peyto Lake, Banff National Park
    Alberta, Canada
    Places like this leave me euphoric. I was on a natural high all day, and capturing images brings back a little of that magic.

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    The green of summer. .
    Sunlight filters through the canopy of giant maple trees on Vancouver Island, BC Canada

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    In the land of giants
    An ancient Douglas Fir towers above the shady forest floor in Cathedral Grove, MacMillan Provincial Park near Port Alberni, B.C.

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    Red Rock Coulee
    This otherworldly landscape was a lot of fun to explore. I did a little research and learned that these unusual red sandstone rocks, called concretions, were formed in an ancient sea bed when materials like calcite and iron oxide formed a sphere around a nucleus such as a bones or shells, and "grew" as water swirled around depositing more. These spheres were then buried in softer material and when the soft bedrock washed away it left these alien-looking boulders. One of the most striking things about these orbs is the sheer size of them - some over 2.5m (8 feet) in diameter.
    It was a chilly spring day when we were there so we didn't see any snakes, but in warmer times of the year you have to watch where you step, as rattlesnakes are common here. There is also bull snakes, short-horned lizards, and even scorpions. We saw lots pronghorns and mule deer in the area, and were lucky enough to have a Short-Eared Owl pose for us as we were leaving.

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    Red Rock Coulee

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    Vermilion Lakes Sunrise
    When you wake up at 4 in the morning and ask yourself "Is it was really worth depriving a little sleep to go driving out to the mountains to try to catch a sunrise?"
    The answer of course is yes. It's always yes.

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    Marble Canyon
    Kootenay National Park, British Columbia, Canada

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    A raven disappears into the thick Selkirk mountain fog, daring us to follow

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