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A Few Highlights from our Camping Weekend

We spent the weekend in the mountains… our bliss!! Jasper National Park is our happy place… nature, mountains, no cellphones, hiking… we love it! This weekend we went along with a couple of friends, did some new (and old) hiking routes, saw a bear with two cubs… numerous elk and angry squirrels, just relaxed and had a good time!! I’ll do more “in-depth” posts on a couple of the hikes we did (pyramid lookout, fort point loop, lac beauvert loop, whistler trail etc), but in the meantime, here are a couple of those special moments…

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Magical Hoar Frost

Ever wonder what makes a winter wonderland a winter wonderland? If you think it is the whiteness or the magic of the snow you are surely mistaken. It is indeed the beautiful phenomena of hoar frost that creates a landscape that surpasses many beautiful scenes.

Never heard of Hoar Frost?

Hoar frost refer to the white ice-crystal that get deposited on the ground, leaves and branches of trees, wires etc. It forms on cold and clear nights when the heat radiates into the sky faster than it can be replaced from sources such as wind or warm objects. Objects cool to below the frost point of the surrounding air, and well below the freezing point of water.

The result of this freezing is a beautiful landscape that turns EVERYTHING into white, frost covered crystals. The name hoar comes from an old english adjective that means “showing signs of old age”. In this context it refers to the frost that make the trees and bushes look like white hair.

Here is my collection of photos I took yesterday while out walking the dogs in the South Cooking Lake Area (Alberta, Canada). It was around 15h00 and about -20°C. All photos are with my Canon 50mm f1.4 lens, although all with varying settings.

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Autumn in Edmonton

Autumn – our favourite season in Canada… by far! The weather is perfect! Autumn landscapes are super colourful! It is such a gorgeous time of year. Unfortunately the prettiness last only about three weeks. Then the raking start and world becomes dreary. With the dullness of winter fast approaching, I find a certain degree of happiness looking at the photos we took only a couple of weeks ago…

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It just seems like the perfect way to end a good season. Before everything gets covered with a coat of white. Before it gets waaaay too cold for human being to be able to function (in my opinion!). Yes, there is a little magic in a winter wonderland – that is, until you have to shovel your driveway in extreme cold. And of course the dogs still need their walks!! Oh well, we are preparing our mindsets, nothing we can change about the temperatures! 🙂

Autumn is way too short – but, autumn is pretty beautiful! 🙂

Aurora Borealis {Northern Lights}

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In September of 2014 we saw our first (and only thus far) Aurora Borealis (or northern lights!). This has been on my bucket list for ages, as I believe many of you can relate to! You know how people (including me) say how the photos never does something justice? In this case I must confess… the photos are way better than what we could see with the naked eye that night.

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It was overcast (as you can see by the clouds in the photos!). We waited for approximately 40 minutes for a VERY faint viewing. We went out later that evening as well, but had no luck!! This year I/we are definitely going to try and get out more to see this phenomenon. We are lucky enough to live in a place where we can view it from our backyard (so to say), it will be stupid not to make use of the opportunity!

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What is the Aurora Borealis?

The Aurora Borealis is collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth’s atmosphere. The Northern lights are seen above the magnetic pole of the northern hemisphere. The display appear in many colours although pale green and pink are the most common. The lights appear in many forms from patches or scattered clouds of light to streamers, arcs, rippling curtains or shooting rays that light up the sky with an eerie glow. (Ref: Northern Lights Centre)

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Do you live in a place where you can view the Aurora Borealis? Or have you been fortunate to be/visit a place where there are frequent displays? I would love to see you photos, leave me a link and I’ll pop by!