Cobalt Lake with the dramatic granite Brenta Spire in the background in Bugaboo Provincial Park
This vertical spire of granite rises 1000 metres (3000 ft) higher than than the surrounding glacier. The spire can be seen as you drive up the road heading into Bugaboo Provincial Park. The view in this image was taken from the ridge over Silver Basin.
This little creek is surrounded by wildflower meadows in the high alpine of Silent Pass. This photograph is cropped to a wide narrow shape - suitable for mounting on a large wall.. Large image
Silent Pass is one of my favourite high alpine spots to hike to in August. I love the wildflowers, creeks, the midsize lake and glacier views in every direction. This view features the Spillimacheen Glacier.Large image
this small lake is Silent-Lake in the high Purcell Mountains of Silent Pass.No large image
Alpine meadows and ancient Purcell Rock make this day hike to Silent Pass a favourite of mine. No large image
Creeks tumble off the highest areas of the mountains are often surrounded by many species of wildflowers. This is alpine fireweed.Large image
A dusting of new snow fall in summer edged these black peaks with white. Along the Templeton Lake Trail.No large image
Welsh Lakes is a rugged group of 4 high Purcell Mountain Lakes. A trail goes only to the lower lake, but experienced hikers can reach the other 3 turquoise lakes. Glaciers recently left the region and the eastern slopes see frequent rock-falls.Large image
Silver Basin is a notch on a massive sidehill within the area known as the Bugaboos. This photograph was taken at sunset from the highest tarn of the basin.No large image
Wildflowers grow in abundance in the beautiful Silver Basin, but the biting bugs also love the area in August, hampering my concentration when creating wildflower photographs.No large image
This large alpine lake is a popular destination for its grand scale and scenery. Icebergs often calve from the glacier and float on blue/green coloured water to the outlet where the hiking trail offers a close-up view.No large image
Alpine Larch trees change their needles every year. So in autumn the needles turn a bright golden yellow in preparation for winter. Against newly fallen snow and blue sky, the view is truly impressive.No large image
High on the ridge of Silver Basin overlooking the Bugaboo Spires is a smooth rock slope. By locating some growing flowers that would highlight the smooth face makes for a pleasing image.No large image
Northern Purcells and Nature Close Up
In the Bugaboo Provincial Park early morning light on the 1000 metre spires rising from the Bugaboo Glacier.No large image
The beautiful turquoise translucent water of Lower Welsh Lake is due to the way light hits the particles of glacial rock powder suspended in the sub-alpine lake.No large image
Upper Brewer Creek Tarns are a group of small tarns in the Purcell Mountains that are hiking accessible and picturesque throughout summer and autumn.No large image
Many alpine creeks tumble into meadows all through the high Purcells.
The creeks sustain a huge variety of wildflowers in these alpine meadows.
The Forster Creek races down from the Catamount Glacier.
Indian Paintbrush flowers grow along the damp rocky shores.
The seed heads of the Western Pasque Flower. These bloom as soon as the snow leaves the alpine and it takes them all summer to ripen their funky looking seeds.No large image
Close up with a Fireweed FlowerNo large image
These plants are really colourful leaves and the true flower is a tiny green thing at the top of the leaves.
I digitally removed the little alpine aphids that were clinging to the fuzzy leaves.
More Columbia Mountains West Kootenay
The mist one early autumn morning was rising above Little Slocan Lake.No large image
Gwillam Lake in Valhalla Provincial Park is a sub alpine basin dotted with many shallow tarns in the high mountains of the Selkirks.No large image