Big Dipper over Peyto Lake
After taking the twilight shots at Waterfowl Lakes on Sunday night (click back to the previous blog), I continued up the Icefields Parkway, ascending to Bow Summit and the viewpoint that overlooks one of the most famous scenes in the Canadian Rockies, Peyto Lake.
Named for legendary mountain man and guide Bill Peyto, the lake was a favourite place for him, to give him solitude away from the madding crowds of Banff.
As with so many of these places, by day this very spot swarms with tourists by the bus load. Peyto would have cringed. But at nightfall, I am the only one there, enjoying the stars coming out in the solitude of the darkening sky.
Here, we look north, to the Big Dipper and Arcturus over the lake in the valley below.
This is a single exposure of 30 seconds at ISO 800 with the Canon 7D and 10-22mm lens.
— Alan, September 5, 2011 / Image © 2011 Alan Dyer