I just loved this solitary twisted tree along the banks of the Mistaya river in Banff National Park. After spending a week or so wandering through the majestic Rocky Mountains I was feeling a similar to the way the tree looked, alone yet peaceful surrounded by all the incredible natural beauty. And like the tree, I too was a bit bent out of shape as I had just hiked well over 20 kilometers the previous day.
What a great place this would be to stop and be alone with nature, however I didn’t get that chance when I was there. You wouldn’t know it from the picture but I was surrounded by 50-75 people all clamoring to be heard over the sound of the rushing river as they attempted to get their friend or family member to take a picture of them in 20 different places. Some people can be crazy! I saw a number of people get much too close to the edge of where the water is rushing by at high speed and some even went as far as to climb onto the slippery rocks of Mistaya Canyon right next to a powerful waterfall. While I never would begrudge anyone the pleasure of experiencing these wonderful places I do often wish that I could have them all to myself, just for a brief tranquil moment.
It is often challenging to get the perfect photo of a popular spot with no people in the frame and much of the time I have to remove people from the photos in photoshop. Sometimes it would be nice to have photoshop to do that in real life situations. I’d photoshop out everyone in line ahead of me at the supermarket, all the cars in front of me in rush hour traffic and cleaning up the cat’s litter box would be soooo much easier!
Every once in a while I miss out on a wonderful opportunity to get a photo of a beautiful place because there are so many people around. So one trick is to get up at 4 in the morning and be the first one to arrive at a great place at sunrise. That can only work for one place each day though and you’re not always assured that the sun will be in the right position to get you the best possible photo. So thank goodness for photoshop!
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