Canada Gallery 2012

All Photos Copyright © 2012 Henning Umland

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These pictures were made during a four-week trip through southern British Columbia and adjacent parts of Alberta in June/Juli 2012. The landscapes in these parts of Canada are nothing but magnificient - coasts (BC only), lakes, rivers, woods, and mountains without end. Splendor sine occasu. Particularly BC has a lot of water, including that coming from above (there must be a reason for the lush vegetation and the many rainforests). Having a raincoat handy may be a good idea.
Canada has also rich cultural resources, and I was impressed with cities like the multiethnic Vancouver and the more traditional Victoria. The Canadians proved to be friendly people who are always willing to help when a tourist gets stuck with some problem.
The photos were made with a Nikon Coolpix P 7100 and processed with Adobe DNG Converter 6.6 (running under Linux with WINE 1.4), Rawtherapee 3.0, Gimp 2.6, and Imagemagick (a powerful command-line tool). On the whole, the P 7100 proved to be a capable camera (RAW mode, manual controls, good zoom lens). However, nothing can beat the much larger image sensor of a single-lens reflex camera. After reading enthusiastic test reports about the P 7100, I was probably a little too optimistic. Afterwards, processing the images turned out to be a constant struggle to suppress noise without sacrificing too much detail.



Kootenay River

Kootenay River, Kootenay National Park, BC




Mountains

Snow-Covered Mountains, Kootenay National Park, BC




Mountains

Kootenay Valley & Mitchell Range, Kootenay National Park, BC




Columbia River, Revelstoke

Columbia River after Rainstorm, Revelstoke, BC




Okanagan Lake, BC

Okanagan Lake, BC




Kelowna, BC

Kelowna and Okanagan Lake, BC




Penticton, BC

Beach, Penticton, Okanagan Lake, BC




St. Ann's Church

St. Ann's Church near Hedley (Hwy 3), BC




Frazer River

Fraser River near Hope, BC




Coal Harbour

Coal Harbour seen from Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC




Convention Center

Canada Place, Convention Center, Lookout Tower, Vancouver, BC




Lighthouse

Brockton Point Lighthouse, Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC




Downtown Vancouver

Downtown Vancouver with English Bay, seen from Lookout Tower




Canada Place

Canada Place, Downtown Vancouver, BC




Steam Clock

Steam Clock, Gastown District, Vancouver, BC




Burrard Bridge

Burrard Bridge seen from Granville Island, Vancouver, BC




English Bay

English Bay, Vancouver, BC




Grouse Mountain

View from Grouse Mountain, North Vancouver, BC




Inner Harbour

Inner Harbour with Parliament Building, Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC




Empress Hotel

Roof of Empress Hotel with Flag, Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC




Floating Houses

Floating Houses, Fisherman's Wharf, Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC




Sailboats

Sailboats, Dusk, Fisherman's Wharf, Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC




Figurehead

Figurehead, Fisherman's Wharf, Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC




Clock

Clock, The Bay Centre, Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC




Craigdarroch Castle

Craigdarroch Castle, Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC




Fisgard Lighthouse

Fisgard Lighthouse seen from Coburg Peninsula, near Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC




Cox Bay

Rocks and Surf, Cox Bay, near Tofino, Vancouver Island, BC




Cox Bay Lighthouse

Lennard Lighthouse seen from Cox Bay, near Tofino, Vancouver Island, BC




Florencia Bay

Florencia Bay, near Tofino, Vancouver Island, BC




Florencia Bay

Driftwood, Florencia Bay, near Tofino, Vancouver Island, BC




Ucluelet Coast

Coast near Ucluelet, Vancouver Island, BC




Rainforest

Rainforest, Schooner Cove Trail, near Tofino, Vancouver Island, BC




Schooner Covet

Schooner Cove near Tofino, Vancouver Island, BC




Driftwood

Driftwood, Schooner Cove near Tofino, Vancouver Island, BC




Seaweed

Seaweed, Schooner Cove near Tofino, Vancouver Island, BC




Combers Beach

Combers Beach, near Tofino, Vancouver Island, BC




Strait of Georgia

Strait of Georgia, Vancouver Island, BC




Fishing Boats

Fishing Boats, Strait of Georgia, Vancouver Island, BC




Discovery Passage

Discovery Passage (separating Quadra Island from Vancouver Island)




Boats

Boats, Rebecca Spit, Quadra Island, BC




Beach

Beach, Rebecca Spit, Quadra Island, BC




Lighthouse

Lighthouse, Quadra Island, BC




Rainforest

Another Rainforest, Elk Falls Provincial Park near Campbell River, Vancouver Island, BC




Elk Falls

Elk Falls near Campbell River, Vancouver Island, BC




Telegraph Cove

Historic Houses, Telegraph Cove, Vancouver Island, BC




Inside Passage I

Inside Passage (I), BC




Inside Passage II

Inside Passage (II), BC




Inside Passage III

Inside Passage (III), BC




Inside Passage IV

Inside Passage (IV), BC




Approaching Prince Rupert

Inside Passage, Approaching Prince Rupert, BC




Mariner Monument

Mariner Monument, Prince Rupert, BC




Skeena River

Skeena River seen from Hwy 16, BC




Blooming Meadow

Blooming Meadow near Smithers, BC




Barkerville

Downtown Historic Barkerville, BC




Barkerville

Church, Historic Barkerville, BC




Barkerville

Saloon, Historic Barkerville, BC




Moose River

Moose River seen from Highway 16, BC




Mt. Robson

Mount Robson, BC (near Jasper)




Maligne Canyon

Maligne Canyon, Jasper National Park, AB




Maligne River

Maligne River, Jasper National Park, AB




Medicine Lake

Medicine Lake, Jasper National Park, AB




Maligne Lake

Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park, AB




Spirit Island

Spirit Island, Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park, AB




Athabasca Falls

Athabasca Falls, Jasper National Park, AB




Athabasca Falls

Athabasca Falls, Jasper National Park, AB




Sunwapta Falls

Sunwapta Falls, Jasper National Park, AB




Sunwapta River

Sunwapta River, Jasper National Park, AB




Athabasca Glacier

Athabasca Glacier seen from Hwy 93 (Icefields Parkway), Jasper National Park, AB




Andromeda Glacier

Andromeda Glacier, Columbia Icefield, Jasper National Park, AB

This glacier can be seen in the upper left quadrant of the preceding photo.




Moraine Lake

Moraine Lake (I), Banff National Park, AB




Moraine Lake

Moraine Lake (II), Banff National Park, AB




Lake Louise

Lake Louise, Banff National Park, AB




Takakkaw Falls

Takakkaw Falls, Yoho National Park, AB

Takakkaw Falls not only impressed me by sheer height (free-falling part approx. 250 m) but also by the local microclimate. The free-falling water takes large quantities of entrapped air with it. At the base of the falls, this air, cooled and moisturized, is released and forms a strong wind blowing away from the cliff. This wind and the fine droplets of water it carries can still be felt several hundred meters away from the falls.




Takakkaw River

River downstream of Takakkaw Falls, Yoho National Park, AB




Emerald Lake

Emerald Lake, Yoho National Park, AB




Castle Mountain

Castle Mountain, Banff National Park, AB




Johnston Creek

Johnston Creek, Johnston Canyon, Banff National Park, AB




Tunnel Mountain

Tunnel Mountain, Banff, AB




Hoodoos

Bow River with Hoodoos, near Banff, AB




Minnewanka Lake

Minnewanka Lake near Banff, AB




Two Jack Lake

Two Jack Lake near Banff, AB




Mount Rundle

Mount Rundle, Banff, AB




Bow River

Bow River & Mt. Rundle, Banff, AB




Banff Springs Hotel

Stairs, Banff Springs Hotel, Banff, AB




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