The Story Behind the Image

I just published my May photographic Newsletter which talked about the ‘Gift of Light’. When looking through  my imagery, I came across this image which spoke so explicitly about the Gift of Light that I wanted to share it’s story with you.

Rita, along with friend Mike Duffy and I, were camping on Shack Lake, a small lake in the foothills of the Coast Mountains, deep within the Chilcotin Ark. It had been a beautiful day and we had hiked and photographed amidst a forest of whitebark pines. It’s an amazing tree…did you know there is a Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation of Canada?

Back to the story about this image…that afternoon a cloud of smoke swept across the sky above us. It was from a forest fire in Yukon we later found out. The sky turned orange including the sun itself. As the sun approached the mountain tops on the horizon, I realized what was about to happen. I set up my tripod and waited for the precise moment when the red/orange ball touched the mountain ridge and made my image.  Click! Then I watched it roll down the mountainside!

3 Comment

  1. Mike Duffy says: Reply

    I remember1

  2. Joan Loeken says: Reply

    Chris: That is an unbelievable image. It is other-worldly!

    1. chris says: Reply

      Yes, it was other-worldly with all the smoke and then the red sun. Especially being in such a remote place; it felt like we were on another planet!

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