Last week I had plans of catching up on some post-processing, website improvements, and generally a lot of time in front of the computer. A week in the relative darkness of my office, while the summer sun blazed happily outside. This is not what I love.

Then, out of the blue came an email asking me to take on a last minute project. I said yes. Enlisted my favorite assistant/chauffeur/model/husband, loaded up into the Westy, and hit the road. This is what I love.

We had what can only be described as a crazy list. We went from one national park to the next (Jasper to Banff to Yoho to Kootenay). We packed as many as four hikes into one day. We rose at sunrise for the shot. We set out on a new trail at 8pm for the shot. It felt very much like a treasure hunt, and it was both exhausting and exhilarating. It was exactly what the long days of summer beg for.

Here is a sampling of shots from the rather large collection of images we created last week. Huge props to modelo extremo, Mike Taylor. 

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The shot list included Boo at the Grizzly Refuge at Kicking Horse. We're more or less neighbors, but this was the first time I'd had a chance to hang out with this guy. So.Cool. 

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Johnston Canyon. This was one of several places that we would likely never have visited without the assignment. Too busy. Too much of a tourist destination. But the thing is, it's absolutely spectacular. There's a very good reason for so many people to be drawn to this (and many of the other) attractions in the parks. This is the kind of remote canyon access that I used to seek out in my kayak, but to be able to hang over the river on a sturdy walkway, in warm dry clothes, camera in hand . . . I was blown away.

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The list brought us into the city for a brief visit. Parks are better.

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No need for Mike to model at the back of the Lake. Plenty of photogenic talent around, like Ian Greant.

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