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Copyright: Jan Smith (lovenature) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 987 W: 52 N: 1787] (6391)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-10
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Canon 30D, Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6 IS USM, HOYA 58mm UV (O)
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-04-10 17:53
Viewed: 3670
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

I'm happy to say, today is my 4th year with TrekNature.

I'd like to share an avalanche I captured today in the Rocky Mountains near Canmore, Alberta. I'm so glad I had my zoom lens attached when I saw the avalanche.

Again this year, there have been many deaths from avalanches. Most of the deaths this year are from snowmobilers who high-mark. High-marking is where a snowmobiler attempts to ride as far possible up a steep slope, then turn and come down. Many climbers and backcountry skiers have also been involved in avalanches.

This time of year is especially bad as the snow pack is very unstable. It doesn't take much for the snow to come down.

For more information on avalanche awareness....


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Hello Janice,
Congratulations on your 4th anniversary in TN! Is honor for me, have you neighbor today!
It's a dramatic picture, it's amazing that you've caught in the avalanche moment, impressive achievement! How one reads the note can better understanding of the scope of the photo and the danger of these sudden movements of snow. Good work, thanks for sharing, Greetings. Jesus

hello Janice

first of all congratulations for your 4th TN anniversary,
and then WOW ! what a superb timing to get in photo
this avalanche of Rocky Mountains, fine POV to show
the action done from Nature, fine focus excellent
sharpness and details to all the image, TFS


Hello Janice

And I am happy to say I met you here.
You mark the occasion with an amazing capture.
The timing is excellent.
Wonderful clarity and exposure.
Well done.
Congratulations on 4 years and I hope you enjoy many ,many more.
Thanks for all the wonderful images.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-04-10 19:35]

Happy four anniversary Janice, you were one of the first people to welcome me to site and you have remained a GREAT FRIEND to this day, for that I am eternally grateful. High marking is a very dangerous pastime and I feel this practice should be stopped, not just for the riders, but for the rescue crews that risk their lives to fine those caught in the avalanche.
What great timing you had here Janice and your excellent camera skills capture the powerful slide heading over the edge. Even the winds generated by large slides can knock down trees and your image shows the avalanche paths on the mountain slopes where trees cannot grow due to the slides. Fantastic image my friend, maybe the wind today triggered the slide lol. Hope you will be around here a long time Janice.

Hi Janice,wow what an excellent and lucky capture you grace TrekNature with today! Congrats on making four years on this site and I hope the next four will be just as fruitful and fun as well.I see nothing about this photo I can really critique as all looks as right as rain.This may very well be a first for TN and I'm glad it is you who have uploaded it,way cool!Thanks for sharing from a safe distance one of nature's deadliest forces.


Namaste Janice,
congrats on your 4th anniversary in TN. In such occation you have posted a nice photograph showing the snows on hard rockface. Great depth and perfect light. Very well composed one. Tfs.

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  • ubc64 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 21 N: 208] (789)
  • [2010-04-10 20:43]

Hi Janice,

Congratulations on your four years at TN! Terrific capture of that avalanche! Very dramatic, well-composed shot. Great timing and excellent details. At 70mm, you must have been fairly close. The sizes of the trees at the end of the tree line give one an idea of the enormity of such an event. I sure wouldn't want to be anywhere close to it. Thanks for the information about avalanches. I found it very interesting. I have family members who go snowmobiling in the mountains. I think they're careful, but I always worry. TFS.

See you,

Hi Janice
Congratulation for the 4th anniversary on TN!
Wonderful this shot with the avalanche!
Unique moments to shot one like that!
Congratulation again.

Hello Janice
ti faccio prima di ogni cosa i miei migliori auguri per i tuoi 4 anni su TN in cui hai condiviso con noi tante bellissime foto. Tra queste non poteva che mancare una particolare quanto straordinaria foto di paesaggio che ci hai presentato per festeggiare questo grande traguardo. Thanks

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-04-11 8:44]

Hello Janice,
Congratulations on this milestone. A beautiful celebration with this photo. Very sharp and in splendid light conditions. Attractive composition. Good chosen moment.

Hello Janice
congratulations for your 4th Anniversary on TN, and congratulations for this superb picture, you have captured a great moment, very impressive !
the avalanche and the whole montains are pin sharp and well taken from a nice POV
very welle done and have a good night

Hi MCF Janice,

Congratulation on your 4th Anniversary on TN! I also happy that i meet you and be a of your friend thanks to TN too.
Nice selection to celebrate this milestone MF! Perfectly captured the snowy summits from fine vantage point with nice composition.
TFS and have a nice day/week!


Bonjour Janice,
Félicitations pour la performance et pour cette formidable restitution d'un moment décisif.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hello Janice,
Congratulations for your 4st anniversary! This is an impressive capture, taken on the right moment. Details and colours are excellent. Perfect timing, of course. Cheers,

Hello Janice! Amazing work. Wonderful shot. Excellent landscape. 4 years! Congratulations. Good luck!

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-06-13 0:32]

Hi Janice
Congratulations on your 4th anniversary in TN!
Great shot for this great moment! A great avalanche!
Colors and details are perfect.
Congratulation again!

Very impressive, indeed!!!
Lovely piece of photography work.
Mario your neighbor with greetings.

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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2013-04-03 13:00]

Hi Janice,

I just posted one of an avalanche. It is really an amazing sight to see, such power and enegy and dangerous beauty. I love how it is like a water fall here, plunging down. Great moment and really wonderful details and good quality shot, as always.


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