David Noton recalls a memorable day when autumn and winter combined in a region of Canada he thinks is one of the most beautiful in the world.
Autumn comes early to the Bow Valley. By mid-September the colours of the aspens are starting to turn, and the first snow is not long behind. Actually, that’s a little misleading, as we’ve been snowed on in Alberta in July, while a dusting in August is not unheard off. We’ve also basked in t shirts and shorts in mid-September. But usually by early October the imminent winter is starting to excerpt its grip. For Canadians faced with the prospect of the next six months shovelling snow a certain weary resignation may settle in, but for a visiting photographer from England the spectacle of the autumn colours mixed with fresh snow is an unbeatable treat. Throw in the spectacular setting of Banff National Park and the simple fact is there is no other place I’d rather be.
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