Dawn in Banff

Standing on the Bow Valley Terrace of Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in the spring of 2014, watching the eastern flank of Cascade Mountain glow as dawn approaches …. having watched many sunrises in many places, this was and still is one of the most special moments from my Rocky Mountain journey … breathing the frozen … More Dawn in Banff

Soft, Shining Peace

Silence Falls The echoes die,the smoke-clouds thin and pass,The cannons are, like statues, dumb and cold:Silent the crosses wait, and in the grassThe spent shells gleam like gold.All spent he lay and dreamed till the moment came:Now, waking with a cry, he looks, all wonderTo see the empty sky hurl down no flame:To hear no … More Soft, Shining Peace

Forever Young

At dawn of April 25, 1918 three years after the landing at Gallipoli, the Australian Imperial Force broken through the German entrenchment at Villers-Bretonneux in northern France.By the next day the town was secured creating a new front line to the east. The town did not fall into enemy hands for the rest of WWI, … More Forever Young

Ice Cities

  “The only cities were of ice, bergs with cores of beryl, blue gems within white gems, that some said gave off an odor of almonds.” Annie Proulx – The Shipping News   Tracy Arm, Alaska

Darkness and Light

“So it seemed that if all the world outside her were to sink into darkness, what was fine, what was beautiful, what was essential might there still come to its finest flower. Even the majestic trees that graced and sheltered her streets were attuned to her …. and the waters of the Seine, contained and … More Darkness and Light

For the Fallen

ANZAC Day 2016 100 years ago, in the carnage of the Somme battlefield, Bois Grenier, Northern France, my great uncle Rudolph Schulstad wrote in his diary ….. “Commencing at 7.30 until 9.35 pm yesterday, we were under a terrific bombardment, the enemy sending on one sector about 8,000 shells varying from 6 inch to 9.2 inch. One came … More For the Fallen

Breakfast in Jasper

“One can follow the sun, of course, but I have always thought that it is best to know some winter, too, so that the summer, when it arrives, is the more gratefully received.” Beatriz Williams – Along the Infinite Sea Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Alberta Canada – Winter 2011

Life on the Edge

Holding on precariously to whatever soil they can, these trees need to survive extreme weather conditions and the precarious winter home they've chosen at Maligne Canyon in Jasper National Park – Canadian Rocky Mountains. Inspired by Ailsa's Travel Theme … Trees      

Transformation

  The ramparts of Fairview Mountain are reflected in the thawing edges of Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada as the Rocky Mountains are transformed from the depth of Winter into Spring. Inspired by Ailsa’s Travel Theme …. Transformation    

Lost in the Landscape

Sometimes, the significance of a landscape … the emotional feeling you get from being there is best portrayed by including small features – either human or structures of some kind. The scale differential between a lighthouse and the mountain it is built on often magnifies the beauty of the sea or the sky … and … More Lost in the Landscape

Serenity

He climbed cathedral mountains, he saw silver clouds below,saw everything as far as you can see.And they say that he got crazy once and that hetried to touch the sun,and he lost a friend, but kept the memory.Now he walks in quiet solitude, the forest and the stream,seeking grace in every step he takes,his sight … More Serenity