Collin J Örthner – Photographer

June 26, 2012

Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park

Filed under: E-M5, m4/3, Nature, Olympus M.Zuiko 40-150mm, Travel, Water — collin j örthner @ 12:49 am

Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park is a spectacular destination for anyone in south central Alberta. Driving along the highway towards the park, you would never suspect what you are about to see. The prairie drops off in front of you without warning! Gary Kuiken and myself headed out from Red Deer this morning at 3:55a.m. That is so early, but with sunrise at about 5;15a.m. and an hours drive to get there, we almost should just have just stayed up! It was extremely foggy to say the least and it slowed us down so that we arrived right at sunrise, except that there was no sun to be seen. We stopped at the look-out at the canyon’s edge only to look into a white cloud. There was nothing to be seen, so we ventured down the 400ft into the canyon and set out on foot to do some photography. I relly should have brought my sound recorder along(DOH!!!). The fog was shielding us from any manmade noise and we could only hear birds and coyotes. Fantastic to say the least. A few times, I simply stopped moving for a few minutes to listen. Being socked in by such thick fog and to have such a magnificent aural experience was amazing! I did manage to get a couple of images one of which was made as we were leaving the park and as the fog was mostly lifted. The sun kept poking through the clouds and created some great drama on the canyon walls and along the riverbank. It has rained most of June and everything was lush and green. That, in combination with the early light made for some beautiful colour.



[Olympus E-M5, Olympus 40-150mm M.Zuiko]



  1. Will you be selling this one?

    Comment by Roy & Tiffany Mitton — June 26, 2012 @ 8:59 pm

  2. Cool thanks. This happens to be the best location for my family as it’s the closest to being in the middle of us all and I was wondering what it was like. The picture is amazing.

    Comment by Tyler — January 23, 2015 @ 8:28 pm

    • Cool!! Thanks for dropping by Tyler. You can’t get in the park until spring, but it’s a fantastic place to visit.

      Comment by collin orthner — January 23, 2015 @ 8:56 pm

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