Athabasca Glacier by Paul Tupman

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Athabascar Glacier, Icefields National Park, Alberta, Canada.
March 2008

Taken on our road trip through the Rocky Mountains in March this year, we were already falling behind on this day, losing time after so many great stops and photo opportunities along the way through the Icefields National Park onto our next destination of Pocahontas, just outside of Japser. We had agreed that we would have to limit our stops to reach our destination before sunset, but when we turned a corner and saw this, we couldn’t resist!

A foolish decision to save time, we decided not to go through the usual process of jumping out of the car and putting on our many layers of warm clothes, hats and gloves… this would just be a quick stop.

Big mistake!

This place was cold… this place was very cold… this place was fer-fer-fer-freezing!

Not only that, but the best shooting point was actually a short run down the road… it would have been a walk had it not been so cold!

Destination reached, we set about shooting, fingers shaking, body temperatures dropping… it wasn’t long before we couldn’t stand any more and headed back to the car… ran back to the car! Claire even getting hysterical with laughter during the process – as they say, we could but only laugh!

Anyway, lesson learned! We had been so careful before and always been appropriately dressed… this wouldn’t happen again!

Glad to have got at least one shot from the experience!


  • dbiggins71
    dbiggins71over 6 years ago

    This is stunning Paul-well worth risking hypothermia for! Fantastic shot.

  • Thanks again Dan.. it was an experience we wont forget in a hurry! :-)

    – Paul Tupman

  • Stuart Chapman
    Stuart Chapmanover 6 years ago

    Cracking shot and so pleased that after getting there the cold didn’t sap your battery down to complete nothingness!

    Such gorgeous light streaks across the left hand mountain, you can really feel the clouds moving across being the puppetiers to the light and shade dance that is taking place across this blue and white unspoilt landscape. The clouds just wisping off the mountains in total innocence which interplays with the purity of the unspoilt snowy scene.

    In short – I like

  • Thanks so much Stuart.. and for the advice on viewing large. Yes I agree.. this landscape was vast. The small area between the two mountains is actually the glacier and huge icefield carving its way through the mountains… and those clouds definately must have been whipping up a blizzard or two on the other side of the mountain.. as for batteries… spare battery attachment!

    – Paul Tupman

  • Stuart Chapman
    Stuart Chapmanover 6 years ago

    and p.s. to anyone else – You must view this one large

  • Nikki Trexel
    Nikki Trexelover 6 years ago

    i’m glad you at least got one shot….‘cause it’s a true work of art. i love it.

  • Thanks so much Nikki… :-)

    – Paul Tupman

  • Marion  Cullen
    Marion Cullenover 6 years ago

    This looks just TERRIFIC blown up large, so much detail and beautiful tonal range. Paul, this is damn incredible!

  • Paul Tupman
    Paul Tupmanover 6 years ago

    Thank you so much Lumieux… what a fantastic thing to say… and thanks for taking the time to view large and take it all in… :-)

  • Laurie Search
    Laurie Searchover 6 years ago


  • Paul Tupman
    Paul Tupmanover 6 years ago

    Thanks Laurie… :-)

  • Shadowdreamer
    Shadowdreamerover 6 years ago


  • Thank you Shadowdreamer. :-)

    – Paul Tupman

  • drjones
    drjonesover 6 years ago

    this is stunning!

  • Thanks drjones… much appreciated! :-)

    – Paul Tupman

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