Searching for “different” views of the world-famous Athabaska Falls in Jasper National Park, Alberta,Canada. The folks at Parks Canada have constructed a way to get down through the rocks of the gorge walls and find some interesting scenes, where the river forces it’s way through the rock strata. They call the way the “Fifty-Nine Steps” and at the bottom we found ourselves immersed in the echoing thunder of the falls,sudden gusts of wind, and a constant bath of mist. Keeping the cameras under cover with lens caps on until the last minute made for some fast and furious composition, and frequent lens cleaning. Careful footwork is essential because the mists keep any rock surface very slippery, and a tumble into the raging gorge is to be avoided if one wishes to survive. Nobody has!

Early September 2009, Fuji S100FS camera.


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  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenover 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture George…..looks awesome : )

  • Hi Sean, thanks very much. We took a ton of the usual shots but we always try to find something that’s more unique..and wet..and chilly..and slippery..LOL!! But it’s worth the effort :) You know the feeling..!

    – George Cousins

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 4 years ago

    Wonderful shot, George. Must be quite the sight to see – and hear! And you’re right – I wouldn’t fancy an involuntary dip in the water!

  • Thanks Mike, it’s a different view than normal,but worth the effort. Nobody has ever fallen into the falls and survived, the parks people find the bodies eventually downstream somewhere. A young fellow just died a short time ago, there’s a plaque commemorating him on one of the trails. Reminded me of Peggy’s Cove.

    – George Cousins

  • Bev Woodman
    Bev Woodmanover 4 years ago

    Oh wow George! this is amazing – I driven through this area but it was all snowed in and didn’t realise the beauty we missed!

  • Hi Bev..glad you liked it. I’ve never been there in winter but I imagine things are very deep in snow. I’m sure the “59 steps” would be choked full of snow, it’s a very narrow and steep passageway.

    – George Cousins

  • Anna Shaw
    Anna Shawover 4 years ago

    What a great shot of a wonderful scene.

  • Thanks Anna..we really loved seeing it..stayed long enough to get a bit soaked, but worth the effort.

    – George Cousins

  • autumngirl
    autumngirlover 4 years ago

    Absolutely astounding place, and a superior shot of it! Glad you didn’t take a dip the hard way, lol!

  • Many thanks and glad you liked it. Well, taking in a dip in the gorge is a one-way trip to the! According to the Parks people, nobody has ever survived. So we were very careful :)

    – George Cousins

  • Karen  Betts
    Karen Bettsover 4 years ago

    wonderful love the greeness and feel to the image

  • Thanks Karen, it’s a view that relatively few people get because of the effort it takes. Plus the wind and heavy mist means taking very good care of the camera. But I think it’s well worthwhile!

    – George Cousins

  • wayne51
    wayne51over 4 years ago

    Awesome capture. Me and my wife were there last year and have photos of this fall. We really enjoyed your country, beautifull. Wayne

  • Thank you Wayne..happy to know you folks were here and visited the Falls, also that you enjoyed the country. We met several Australians in September when we were wandering around the mountains.

    – George Cousins

  • LeilaniMelayna
    LeilaniMelaynaover 4 years ago

    Congratulations, George on a beautiful capture!

    Smiles Leilani :o)

  • Many thanks Leilani, very glad you liked it!

    – George Cousins

  • toriyule
    toriyuleover 4 years ago

    great capture, congratulations

  • Hi Tori, thanks for your kind words, much appreciated!

    – George Cousins

  • David's Photoshop
    David's Photoshopover 4 years ago

    Great image, well done and congratulations on being featured.

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