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Posted: December 31, 2016

Autumn in the East Kootenay

My favourite time of the year is autumn and I don’t believe there is a finer place on Earth than the East Kootenay on a fine fall day. The variety of light and weather one can experience in the autumn in the Canadian Rockies is incredible – from summer to deep winter.

Work and life kept us well away from our usual routine of touring around the region last year and I anticipate less time in the year ahead, so I have turned the monthly photo feature into a quarterly one.

Autumn 2016 followed our first real vacation since launching e-KNOW five years ago. We road-tripped down the Oregon Coast to San Francisco, met some family, did some touristy stuff and spent a fortune on film.

Kidding. We would have spent a fortune had we been shooting film cameras. Rather than budget film and lay off on a plethora of shots, digital photography and mammoth memory cards allow one to blaze away. Carrie and I shot more than 5,000 images in three weeks’ time. For former ‘filmies’ that would be 139 rolls of 36-frame film. Some images from shoots in Oregon and Northern California will be presented in travel pieces in 2017.

When we returned home, the camera was set aside for a spell. For the first time in recent memory, the photo bug was sated.

However, we did still manage to get out a bit between Sept. 21 and Dec. 21.

Images in this collection of life happening in the East Kootenay were taken in and around Cranbrook, Radium Hot Springs when we attended the Head Banger Festival (when you get to it – it is a display of dominance during the rut), Canal Flats,  Invermere, Fairmont Hot Springs, Grasmere/Roosville, Kimberley and Wasa.

We were also blessed with a day tour through Kootenay National Park, Field and Yoho National Park, Golden and down the Columbia Valley to Radium on an otherworldly gorgeous Nov. 4 day.

Please click on an image to enlarge and to begin self-directed slide show…

Lead image: Mount Baker, late October. There are several shots of Mount Baker, as it looms over our Gold Creek home, showing varying stages of winter’s creep.

Photos by Ian Cobb and Carrie Schafer/e-KNOW

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