Mount Lawrence Grassi & Ha Ling Peak by Yukondick

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In Bow Valley Wildland Provincial Park in Alberta [designated by order-in-council in 1998]. The name of the mountain has been subject to much controversy. Originally, the mountain was referred to locally as The Beehive. In 1896 Ha Ling, a Chinese cook for the Canadian Pacific Railway was bet 50 dollars that he could not climb the peak and plant a flag on the summit in less than 10 hours. According to the Medicine Hat News of October 24, 1896, he started the ascent at 7:00 am the previous Saturday morning and was back in time for lunch. As nobody believed his story, he led a party of doubters to the summit where he planted a much larger flag beside the original, this one visible to the naked eye from Canmore. The townsfolk referred to the mountain as Chinaman’s Peak in his honour. The name Chinaman’s Peak did not become official until 1980. Later, in 1997 it was renamed Ha Ling Peak as the term Chinaman was viewed as derogatory.

NikonD70 with Nikon 17-55 @ 17mm 1 second exposure at f6.3 ISO200 on a tripod and cable release. 5:30 am April 07 Canmore Alberta, Canada

Played with photography since early High School. Since moving to the Yukon in 1997 I have become much more involved and am now comfortable in Photoshop although there is always more to learn. The Yukon is a great canvas and would recommend it for most everyone’s Bucket List

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  • dedmanshootn
    dedmanshootnabout 4 years ago

    gorgeous scene and shot! cool info too!

  • I did this one during a landscape workshop with Richard Berry. We had hoped for a colourful sunrise but that didn’t happen.

    – Yukondick

  • virginian
    virginianabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful on this mirror image. I like your history you add to many of your photos.

  • Margaret Stevens
    Margaret Stevensabout 4 years ago

    Stunning! Interesting history.

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonalmost 4 years ago

    May 19,2011 Wonderful capture.

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonalmost 4 years ago

    Would you post this in the Volcanoes Earths Geology & Atmosphere group?

  • Charles Kosina
    Charles Kosinaalmost 4 years ago

    Great reflections. And getting up to take a photo at 5.30 am shows a lot of dedication!

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  • ctheworld
    ctheworld6 months ago

  • thanks for featuring this work

    – Yukondick

  • lorilee
    lorilee22 days ago


  • You have been busy. Thanks

    – Yukondick

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