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Nestled in the northern Canadian Rockies near Jasper Alberta lies the rugged, difficult to access Tonquin Valley. Bordered on all sides by the most notable feature of this wilderness: the Ramparts. A mountain range that towers over the Valley, creating the monumental backdrop to alpine meadows and Amethyst Lake.

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Accessible by foot or horse, the Tonquin Backcountry Lodge was our resting place as we experienced the alpine ponds, scenic forests and remote lakes. The Tonquin Valley Hiking Trails were muddy in some places; I was happy to let the horse navigate the mud pits on my behalf!

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Once at the Lodge, you can hear glaciers cracking in the afternoon heat and witness scree sliding down the slopes of the Ramparts. This 23 km trek takes you through some of the most idyllic and secluded backcountry in the world. I was blessed to see caribou for the first time (we have Elk on Vancouver Island).

Various black and white compositions spoke to me during this photo-journey which is not usually the case. I was happy to explore the BW vibe this intense wilderness provided. My gallery below is a photo essay of the light, fog, clouds and conditions at Tonquin Valley Lodge early Sept. 2019. I hope you enjoy it!