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In all the Canadian Rocky Mountains,Castle Mountain has always been my favourite. Maybe because it stands somewhat aloof and towers over the surrounding forest.Most times I’ve seen it in early winter but this was a different perspective. A few minutes earlier it was in a clear sky but a sudden wall of black clouds came on the wind and covered the peaks. I hoped to get a break and suddenly the sunlight came through like a giant spotlight.
Castle Mountain is in Banff National Park, Alberta,Canada, near the southeastern end of the park.

Taken Sept. 7, 2009, Fuji S100FS camera.

Featured in "Mornings & Evenings-Sunbeams and Storms


  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenover 5 years ago

    This one is great George……always like how the clouds move in around this mountain. Can be very dramatic at times. Great capture !!

  • I can thank you for this one Sean, you suggested going down the old road and it worked out great. I waited about a half hour and have some shots in a clear sky, some like this one, and got some nice telephotos of the walls with the sunset gleaming on them. Should have stayed at the Castle Mtn. campground but it was full..lol! Ended up in Calgary..a very very long day!!

    – George Cousins

  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor1over 5 years ago

    beautiful capture of the moment in this majestic scenery!

  • Hi Maggie, thanks very much..I wish I lived a lot closer to this mountain, it seems to gather spectacular cloud formations every time I’ve seen it. Glad you liked it:)

    – George Cousins

  • Blackgull
    Blackgullover 5 years ago

    Transient light at its best. Great image.

  • Hi Jim, and thank you..One of those times when patience pays off :)

    – George Cousins

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 5 years ago

    Fantastic shot, George! Beautifully captured scene.

  • Hi Mike, I was just lucky..that cloud moved along just at the right moment.

    – George Cousins

  • Suzanne Chouinard
    Suzanne Chouinardover 5 years ago

    Great feeling of power in this photo. Impressing mountain. Canada is beautiful! :-)

  • Hello Suzanne, and thank you for your kind comment. Years ago I used to work at Senneterre and Parent, and stayed in Val D’Or quite a few times!

    – George Cousins

  • zumi
    zumiabout 5 years ago

    beautiful shot. great sky! And I agree, its a great spot in Banff NP.

  • Many thanks Zumi, much appreciated. I take it you have been in Banff? so you must have seen Castle Mtn. yourself.

    – George Cousins

  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...about 5 years ago

    wow such a fabulous image, a great picture well done,dawn

  • Hi Dawn, and thanks for your kind comments.

    – George Cousins

  • dvande1
    dvande1about 5 years ago

    wonderful capture George!

  • Hi dvande, and many thanks, very much appreciated.

    – George Cousins

  • Dayonda
    Dayondaabout 5 years ago

    Excellent— patience did it, didn’t it???

  • Hi Dayonda..yep, it usually does! But that’s my favorite mountain so I would have waited quite awhile..lol!

    – George Cousins

  • zumi
    zumiabout 5 years ago

    Yes, I seen it many times. I lived in Calgary. But cannot wait to go back. The mountains are just mind-boggling…lol

  • Hi zumi, I’m glad to know you’ve seen the mountain yourself, it’s always been one of my favourite places, at any season of the year.

    – George Cousins

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