I was in Kamloops (British-Columbia) for a few days working at a conference and got those shots at sunrise and sunset from my hotel.

I unfortunately wasn’t able to loiter around this beautiful region as a thick fog made the endeavour moot outside of those golden moments. The rapidly changing weather and cloud bands did however make for some spectacular vistas and ever changing colours.

The rest of the time the view was reduced to this:

Maligne Lake, Alberta

Maligne Lake


Maligne Lake, Alberta

Maligne Lake, Alberta

Maligne Lake, Alberta, June 2013

The story behind its name (“maligne” in French means “malignant” or “evil”) comes from a French explorer who went on the lake despite his guide’s repeated warnings and lost his horses and food when the ice broke. He then cursed the lake (and its namesake river) by naming it that way. Had he listened to his native guide (who knew better, obviously), this place would have a rather charming name that certainly would try to convey the absolute natural beauty and serenity of it. One of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to.