sunset is my favourite time of day

Three for three!  This is the third year I’ve been to Elk Island National Park in the last five years on my annual camping trip with my parents. The sunsets here are beautiful. We stayed two nights this year – the first night it rained, and the second night, well, this was the view….

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This was the sunset in 2015…

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And in 2012…

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Summertime is the best time

Three of my favourite sunset pictures from last year’s summer adventure….I’m on vacation again soon, so won’t be posting anything for a couple of weeks.  Hope to have some summer in Saskatchewan photos to share when I get back!

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Astotin Lake at Elk Island National Park in Alberta – great place to watch a sunset

Elk Island National Park (Astotin Lake Sunset)

Just a picture I thought I posted earlier in the summer.  It’s been a busy summer where other things have taken precedence over photography, so I don’t have a lot of new pictures to post.  When I have had the time and the inclination, the sky has been a smoky haze from forest fires. There was just no escaping it this summer, first from fires in Northern Saskatchewan in July, then just last week from the Northwestern US (plus it was very hazy in Montana from fires in Glacier National Park during a trip there on the first weekend in August).

Hopefully, the upcoming fall colours will provide renewed inspiration.

Elk Island National Park, near Edmonton, where the park is full of bison, not elk!
Elk Island National Park, near Edmonton, where the park is full of bison, not elk! It’s such a pretty lake, and the two times I’ve been there, has proven to be a beautiful spot to watch a sunset.

Astotin Lake Sunset

Astotin Lake at Elk Island National Park  in Alberta (approximately 45 minutes east of Edmonton) on the last night of my annual camping adventure with my parents…

Elk Island Sunset

We saw a lot of wildlife while we were in Jasper National Park (I’ll share pics in upcoming posts), but the best sunset of the trip was at Elk Island.  It’s just a pretty lake, and just might be one of my favourite places to photograph at sunset.  Beware, the bugs are bad, though! I got quite a few mosquito bites (and when we camped there for a night in July 2012, the mosquitoes were equally as bad).  I had to edit out little bug specks in all these photos!

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Because I can’t resist a good quote or poem, here’s a poem by Robert Frost, Nothing Gold Can Stay:

Nature’s first green is gold
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

And from one of my all-time favourite movies, the Outsiders (of course, originally from the book by S.E. Hinton…the summer I was 11 I’m sure I watched the movie 10 times on HBO…Rob Lowe, Tom Cruise, Patrick Swayze, Matt Dillon, Emilio Estevez, Ralph Macchio…I was in pre-teen heaven!) this quote:

I’ve been thinking about it, and that poem, that guy that wrote it, he meant you’re gold when you’re a kid, like green. When you’re a kid everything’s new, dawn. It’s just when you get used to everything that it’s day. Like the way you dig sunsets, Pony. That’s gold. Keep that way, it’s a good way to be.

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Elk Island


Earlier this summer I posted sunset pictures from Elk Island National Park in Alberta, near Edmonton. We stopped there for the night on our way to Jasper. The pictures I took there are some of my favourite I’ve ever taken – just being in the right place at the right time. Here’s one more from that series.

Elk Island National Park


I just got back from my annual camping trip with my parents.  Our main destination this year was Jasper National Park, but on the way we camped at Elk Island National Park for a night. Elk Island is about an hour from Edmonton and is a less busy park than Banff and Jasper. After supper we went for a walk along the shores of Astotin Lake, one of the prettiest lakes I’ve seen. We had a good experience in this area – a problem with the brake lights on the camper meant we ended up in the small town of Lamont, Alberta to try to get it fixed before we got back on the busy Yellowhead Highway to Jasper. Dad asked for some advice on where to go to get it fixed at the campground office so we headed for Lamont at 8am the next day. The mechanic who ended up fixing it was excellent and his customer service was awesome. We were back on the road by 11:30am.