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While I was in Waterton National Park last week, I experienced two very different days. When I arrived on Tuesday morning, the entire area was socked in with low cloud and it looked as though it could rain at any moment. I was a little disappointed, but as it turned out those low clouds around the mountains made for some very dramatic images – like the one you see below of Upper Waterton Lake.

The next morning I awoke before sunrise to completely cloudless skies – quite the dramatic transformation in weather overnight. Next week I’ll share a couple images from the second day of my trip so you can see the difference.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L
B+W 77mm Circular Polarizer

Dave DiCello - September 22, 2011 - 7:28 am

What a stunning wide angle, I love the look of the clouds on top of the mountain!

Chris Frailey - September 22, 2011 - 7:33 am

Dude this is an awesome shot. The contrast with the rocks and that blue water is amazing.

Eje Gustafsson - September 22, 2011 - 7:54 am

what a lovely composition. Great contrast on the rocks and branch in the foreground.

Jesse Pafundi - September 22, 2011 - 8:18 am

This is incredible. One of your best, ever. The low composition, layers of clouds, foreground rocks and wood (light and dark), smooth water. Please print this.

Chris Nitz - September 22, 2011 - 8:25 am

This is a such a peaceful and gorgeous setting. It is a shame I want to make noise by skipping rocks across the water!

Curt Fleenor - September 22, 2011 - 9:30 am

This is just intense! Really love the motion in the clouds and curve of the rocky shoreline.

A.Barlow - September 22, 2011 - 10:06 am

So much going on in this I love it all. Lots to look at. Nice comp and including the deadwood.

Mike Olbinski - September 22, 2011 - 3:57 pm

This is so good Heath!!! I’m glad it was all murky and stormy.

The water is like glass…beautiful.

Rick Louie - September 22, 2011 - 7:04 pm

This ia an awesome scene! Love the clouds and you’ve made a wonderful composition! I need to go there next time I come up.