One of the great pleasures of travelling for me is those unexpected treasures, like this waterfall that I just stumbled upon in Jasper National Park in Alberta. I always do my research before a trip, so I knew that the Maligne Canyon trail was a hike that I wanted to do. What I didn’t know was that I’d get a chance to see such a unique waterfall, and as I got closer to the edge of the river in front of the fall, my smile grew larger. The weather was unpredictable the day I decided to hike the short 2.1 km trail, but it seemed like the rain would hold off till I finished my trek. Thank goodness no one hires me for my weather prognosticating, I said “seemed”, right? I took my time walking the trail, stopping every now and again to take another photo. I was really enjoying the sights and sounds in the canyon, and was getting some cool shots when I caught my first glimpse of this waterfall. Momentarily mesmerized by the delicate streams of trickling water, I just stood there in silence. Oblivious to the other hikers walking past me, I must have looked a bit foolish with that ridiculous gin on my face. Sometimes I just like to get lost in the moment, knowing full well that this was a special place, and that I may never have the opportunity to see it again.
I didn’t even stop to photograph the waterfall at the time I first saw it. After all, it would still be there on the hike back towards the beginning of the trail. So I went on my way hoping to see some other distinct features to photograph. About fifteen minutes later is when the heavens opened up and unleashed a furious rainstorm upon the land. Of course I had to be at the at the end of the trail and as far from shelter as possible in the canyon. After a few minutes of being stuck in this downpour there was no way I could possibly get any wetter, so I made my way back to the waterfall, hoping that the rain would subside as I got closer. Riiiiight, like that was gonna happen! If I looked foolish earlier on by standing there, grinning like a Cheshire cat, then I must have really looked like an idiot standing there in the pouring rain waiting for my chance to get a shot of this perfect little waterfall. After about 20 minutes of Job like patience, the rain “kind of” stopped, and by “kind of” I mean that it was still raining hard, as opposed to time to build an ark and start rounding up the animals hard. Lucky for me that I packed my rain cover for my camera, it’s one part of the gear I always carry, just in case. I managed to get my shot and told myself that it was all worth it. I swear though, next time, I am going to take the photo when I first get the chance. Lesson learned.
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Loooove this shot my friend! I so want to go play in the water now, though I’m sure it’s freezing!!!
Carlos Garcia says
Brilliant Ken! Just love the capture and your artistry!
Nick Laborde says
We always seem to wanna learn things the hard way right…
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a waterfall shot like that, I think it was worth it.
U should know already that I love all your pics so I am not going to say it again. But I still keep finding your work amazing!
Great shot! Looks like it was worth waiting in the rain.
I like the way the water flows in the bottom, good job!
DH Wall says
I hope you had rain gear with you. That’s the lesson I’ve learned about Jasper National Park – it can rain when least expected!
Ken Kaminesky says
Andi, Gracias, have a wonderful time in Mexico.
Thanks Carlos! You have to visit Banff and Jasper one day!
Nick, it’s the only way we really learn, or at least a very good way to learn some valuable lessons.
Thanks Gaby! You can tell me that kinda thing anytime you want ;)
Ali & Karolina, So glad you like the photo :)
DH, I had rain gear for the equipment. As for me, well…. ;)
Glad you were able to get that shot off, despite the weather conditions, it’s stunning. It is a most unique waterfall and in a beautiful location. Love this picture!
Barry Taylor says
I am familiar with this waterfall. We used a route adjacent to it to top rope for an ice climb on the 35 m, WI 4, Queen. Maligne Canyon in Jasper, Alberta, Canada is spectacular year round and amazing to walk through in winter (crampons mandatory, and guide recommended for the less experienced. Fast water running underneath!
Outstanding photograph, Ken. Brought back great memories.
I love the way you tell your stories and of course the pics you take.
Getting lost in the moment…how well I understand that. The beauty of this waterfall is that it’s so delicate rather than spectacular. Brilliantly told story and wonderful pictures.
do you always use photoshop filters with your work? Do you have any photos without all the filters, and hours of layering you do?
Great photograph, and story along with it. We love Jasper and all mountain parks. There are some great hidden treasures for sure if you look hard enough.
Sometimes the moment was just meant for you, as in this case. You might not have got the first shot in the camera, but you got to enjoy it yourself.
You take some stunning photographs, I can’t wait to see more! Cheers.
Beautiful shot…well worth the wait and the “agony”….:)
Ken Kaminesky says
Migrationology, Heidi, Inka, Thank you, I really appreciate the nice comments.
Barry, glad it brought back good memories, I’d love to see the canyon in the winter. The whole of Jasper national Park must be spectacular at that time of year.
CG, it’s not PS filters, but there is a lot of PS work going on. All my photos are worked on in some way in PS.
Pete, thanks so much. These mountain parks are just incredible. I could spend the rest of my life photographing in these places and never run out of inspiration. There are a lot more of these photos on the way, come back again soon.
Nancie, cheers… No pain, no gain, right? ;)
Yup Ken, Even I was stumbled watching this amazing picture! I ma so glad to see this post! It simply superb n Mind Blowing too…
Donna Dunning says
This is one of my favorite special place in Jasper! Thanks for taking and sharing the wonderful picture!
Olivier Rault says
Fantastic shot, i love it ! Bravo.