At the risk of sounding a bit geeky, I have to admit that I find trees fascinating! Setting aside all the positive environmental and science stuff (production of oxygen, erosion control etc.), from my perspective as someone who enjoys photography, the variety of shapes, colours, even textures, make trees great subject matter.
The first photo was taken on Tunnel Mountain in Banff. The others were all taken in Glacier National Park, Montana – photos 2 and 4 on the walk from Swiftcurrent to Fishercap Lake and photo 3 at Lake Sherburne.
With trees towering above me, I felt very small and insignificant – but perhaps it is no bad thing to be reminded that our lives are a tiny part of something so much bigger. Photo 1 is a view from the Cave and Basin in Banff, photo 2 was taken on the Piegan Pass trail and photos 3 and 4 on our hike to Grinnell Glacier.
Southern Alberta experienced significant flooding in June 2013 and there remains evidence of the huge impact this has had in the city of Calgary, in the rural communities and in the mountains. In Heart Creek, parts of the trail disappeared under piles of debris, bridges were washed out and tree roots were exposed. Volunteers worked hard to make it passable again, but the changes to the landscape are permanent.