Pic of the Month: September ‘12

by | Sep 30, 2012 | Pic of the Month | 0 comments

Sentinel Pass

8223_Minestimma Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada_Canon EOS 40D, 17 mm, 1-160 sec at f - 6.3, ISO 100

For this month’s pic, I simply wanted to express my gratefulness to the Lord for the many photo ops He’s allowed me to take this month. From the hills of New Hampshire to the mountains of Alberta, Canada, I’ve been blessed with opportunities beyond measure. And not only opportunities. The Lord has orchestrated weather, schedules, and time-of-day at various locations to not only say I’ve been at such and such a place, but to also come away with something unique and photographically satisfactory.

Take the hike up to Sentinel Pass for instance. During the planning stages of this trip to the Canadian Rockies, I determined that Sentinel Pass was on the top of my list of places to go. However, I knew that because I was traveling with my family, a 7 mile round-trip hike was rather unrealistic. And yet, for the only afternoon that was remotely open for hiking, the Lord worked it out for my five brothers and I to take the strenuous hike above the timberline while the rest of my family took an easier hike in the same general vicinity. And hiking as a group was in and of itself a blessing in more than one way as it made for a more enjoyable experience to be hiking with my brothers while also, as I found out on the day of the hike, the trail was closed due to bear activity except for group of four or more!

As for the scenery, I don’t think it could have been at a better time of year: the last week of September is one of only two weeks out of the year that the fall colors are at their peak in the park. This, plus the fact that the hike was in the afternoon versus the middle of the day, are both reasons to rejoice from a landscape photographers perspective.

And not to forget the little things, it turned out to be a very sunny and warm day for September making the hike both a pleasant and safe experience. I could go on and on, but I think you get the picture. Thank you, Lord, for your many undeserved blessings!

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