Wells Gray Provincial Park - Jaclyn Tanemura Photography

A few weeks ago, my wedding colleague, her husband, Brandon and I went up to Wells Gray Provincial Park yet again - this time for some R&R. We were supposed to go to Nordegg, Alberta to shoot the bubbles at Abraham Lake, but road conditions prevented us from doing so.  We stayed at Helmcken Falls Lodge, which I would highly recommend - great food, friendly staff and rustic/cozy and comfortable accommodations. While we were there, we learned a film crew was filming some world-class ice climbers at Helmcken Falls, and were planning on bringing a helicopter in to get some scenic shots. We managed to document part of the filming process. Below are photos of Brandon in our cabin room, the helicopter and the climbers near the snow cone.


Wells Gray Provincial Park - Summer 2012

There is a mysterious and calming quality about this park that I can never seem to put my finger on. It is full of waterfalls, bears and the forests are thick and there is Old Man's Beard hanging off a lot of the trees. The time I've spent there has been fleeting, and I hope to go back and spend at least a week camping and hiking in this beautiful park.

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L O C A T I O N
Helmcken Falls, Wells Grey Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada

D A T E
July 15th, 2012

E Q U I P M E N T
Canon 5D MK II, Canon 70-200 f/2.8 IS II

M Y  T A K E
In 2012, the water was flowing very heavily. I've never seen the rivers so swollen in this park before. This shot was very lucky. We arrived later in the morning, and I was not expecting to get anything; but then, suddenly, the sunlight hit the mist creating this beautiful golden glow. It lasted for about five minutes, then was gone. Since then, I have never seen the light hit the mist like that, and I've gone back at the exact same time of year, at the same time of day. I believe the water was creating more mist than usual because of the sheer amount pouring down and crashing into the basin below. 


'g h o s t i n g'

L O C A T I O N
Clearwater Lake Campground, Wells Grey Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada

D A T E
July 15th, 2012

E Q U I P M E N T
Canon 5D MK II, Canon 17-40 f/4L, tripod, 10 second timer

M Y  T A K E
I happened to glance up at the sky on one of my treks out of my tent. I have never seen the Northern Lights before, and it was a very surreal experience. I was in my pyjamas, and surrounded by trees, but able to see them nonetheless whilst battling the mosquitos and other bugs that decided to make a meal out of me.

According to space.com, these particular Northern Lights were a result of an X-Class solar flare that "[triggered] a huge eruption of solar plasma, known as a coronal mass ejection or CME, which is expected to reach Earth at 1 a.m. EDT (0500 GMT) on Saturday (July 14).Young said that an early analysis suggests the coronal mass ejection sent a wave of plasma toward Earth at a speed of 3.1 million mph (5 million kph or about 1,400 km per second). Because the solar flare erupted toward Earth, it sent a wave of charged particles toward our planet that could slightly amp up northern lights displays. It caused a strong radio blackout for some high-frequency communications systems, according to SWPC officials. 
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Clearwater Lake /Falls Creek Campground is a beautiful campground. It's 50% reservable. It is at the South end of Clearwater Lake. Bring bug spray!

The facilities include:
- Solar powered showers (you must bring change; loonies and toonies)
- Pit toilets
- the Clearwater Lake Nature House, where they hold informative shows about the local wildlife, history of the park, etc.
- a little convenience store
 - a small restaurant

There is no cell phone service; the only outside communication you will have is by satellite phone only. The campground has these available for emergencies only. I will provide a link below if you are interested. 

Click Here for Campground Information

Photos to the right:
 - Myself and my husband Brandon at Sticta Falls.
- "Plummet" taken at Spahats Falls
- "Flux" taken at Helmcken Falls during the winter
-"Secrets of the Sun" taken in Clearwater Lake/Falls Creek Campground. The sun was setting, and a truck drove by on the gravel road, kicking up a bunch of dust. At first, I was trying to cover my camera. But then I saw these sun rays, and well, I cleaned the camera up later. :)


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