November in Banff National Park is known as the season of Ice and Fire. The November temperatures cause the lakes and rivers to begin freezing, while the stormy skies light up in beautiful pinks, reds, and oranges. Planning a photo trip to the mountains is always risky because the weather can be so fickle. We had high hopes, though, that our trip would be both icy and fiery.
Willie and I spent almost half of our mornings at the Vermillion Lakes. Poor weather preventing us from traveling further or exploring new areas, but we found this spot along 2nd Vermillion Lake that caught our eye. It had icy banks, reflecting water, and beautiful views of Mt. Rundle.
There were a number of spots along the lake that caught my eye, but when the sky exploded like it did for this sunrise, I knew I wanted to use the frozen lakebed as my foreground. Getting low meant I could get as much of the reflection as possible, and Mama Nature provided the rest. My favorite part: the glowing light rays shooting out of Mt. Rundle
Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8:
22mm, f/11, 1/6 sec, ISO 100