East of Calgary, Alberta, Canada by Bruce Smith

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Some good friends from the U.K. had been touring in the Rocky Mountains with me for 10 bitterly cold days (-35 celcius!) last January and February, and on the day of their departure, we were driving back towards Calgary from the Banff / Canmore area.

Overnight, there had been a huge hoarfrost layer on everything, and then the skies had become the most brilliant winter blue. Everywhere you looked the hoarfrost was about an inch in size, and it was perfectly calm and clear. I had to stop somewhere! I took the next road off the highway that I could find, and at the top of the hill was this lonely stand of Aspen Poplars standing in the beautiful, crisp sunlight with a layer of untouched snow below and frosted branches. We all piled out of my car, grabbed our cameras (even as they were packed for the return trip), and this is the result.

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