Alpine Meadow Gardens

Meadows in the Sky, with alpine flowers in bloom

Red paintbrush, purple lupine, yellow arnica, mauve daisies, green fir trees, grey rocks. Intense colour abounded everywhere. I felt like a kid in a candy store. It is nature’s Butchart Gardens. This is Mount Revelstoke National Park in British Columbia, at the peak of alpine flower season. The ecologically fragile alpine meadows are traversed by well- maintained trails of varying lengths. The park itself has easy access from the Trans Canada Highway near the city of Revelstoke. The Park Service has constructed a 26 km Meadows in the Sky Parkway, a paved road up Mount Revelstoke, taking the visitor to a parking area. From there you can hop a 1 km shuttle bus to the trail heads. Depending on your physical fitness I would advise the photographer to walk the road, at least one-way, ideally both, as the flower displays along the road are particularly exquisite. More information on the National Park can be obtained by visiting the National Park’s website.

For flower photography along the trails and road I carried my backpack and tripod with lenses ranging from 16-35 to 200-400. I used my macro lens sparingly. My lens of choice was the 70-200 but I liked using the 24-70 when the skies cooperated. I prefer soft overcast light for flower photography but when the sun was out and the skies were filled with nice clouds it enabled me to include the spiky fir trees in landscape images. The best time to visit is in August. This past  year (2011) was a late bloom- third week of August. I found the Park Service staff to be very friendly and generous with their time, answering emails and phone calls as I checked in on progress of the flower display.

Lupines, paintbrush and arnica in bloom

Alpine meadow with red paintbrush and rocks

Red paintbrush blooming along the Meadows in the Sky Parkway.

 

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About Dawns _Images
I (Don Johnston) am a wildlife and landscape photographer based in Lively, Northern Ontario. My work is represented by All Canada Photos (Victoria), agefotostock (Spain), Interphoto (Germany), PhotoEdit (USA) and Alamy (England). I am widely published in books, magazines, calendars as well as advertising media and decor. My personal stock photography website www.donjonstonphotos.com has over 10 000 images in galleries plus a search feature. Like many other nature photographers I am self-taught beginning with film in the 1980s and continuing through the 21st century with digital. I taught high school biology for thirty years, retiring in 2003 to pursue photography full time.

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