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Tokkum Creek - Kootenay N.P by LukeAustin Tokkum Creek - Kootenay N.P by LukeAustin
I shot this last weekend when out and about early in the morning. I arose at 4:30am and decided to take the 30 minute drive to Kootenay National Park. I'm glad I did because the light that morning was beautiful.

This area of Kootenay was burnt out late summer 2003 as a result of several fires that were ignited by lightning. The fires burnt for 40 days and left a path of destruction. I am unsure how long it will take for the area to return to its former glory but with such long winters, and short summers i'd imagine it would take a while.

back to the morning of last weekend...... It was fairly overcast but the sun managed to burst through every 20 minutes or so. I took a few shots around Marble Canyon which is a short walk from the carpark, I then decided to wander up the creek for a while to see what was on offer.

After walking a little further up the creek the light broke through the clouds and lit up the scene in front of me, it was amazing. Unfortunately by the time I set up, the sun had disappeared behind the clouds again. I figured now that I was set up I would wait, in hope that the sun would present itself again. I could see a small gap in the clouds slowly moving in an easterly direction. So I watched and waited....... After about 15 minutes the sun shone through, hitting exactly where I was hoping for. It lit up the trees and the creek while leaving the mountains under the shade of the cloud.

This image is a 7 image stitch shot at 85mm. I used my spiffy new Singh-Ray Vari-ND to slow things down a touch, along with a 2.5 stop Lee grad ND for the sky.

Kootenay National Park
British Columbia

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tomassikula Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011
great job!
tomassikula Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011
great job!
alban-expressed Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010
Fantastic shot and time. :-)
Lancerlover Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
This fantastic shot has been featured here: [link]
Inebriantia Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009  Professional Photographer
Quite an amazing image. :) Thanks for sharing.

Brightosquee Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009
Wow this is amazing!
thehiddenhellcat Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009
Pretty cool.
TaGiRoCkS Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
nice shot, its a bit ominous with all the dead trees are the river, but it actually works well with the photo
dwth Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2009  Student Artist
This photo have been featured on Thumbs of the Week 79th.:wave:
inmymind81 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:clap: Very well taken photo !
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