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This shot was taken during my recent trip to Calgary, Alberta. I took this shot in what I believe was Spray Valley Provincial Park, along Highway 40 that goes through most of Kananaskis, or K-Country as it's known locally. It was a cold Alberta morning, and the wind was quite fierce, but the view was more than worth it. I wasn't sure of this mountain's name when I took this shot, but I have since learned that this is Mt. Kidd.

Kananaskis, rather than being one park, is a series of provincial parks less than an hour's drive southwest of Calgary. Admission is free and the views are beautiful. I've been to Banff numerous times, and love the stunning views there, but this was my first trip to Kananaskis. It was more than worth it, and I can't believe I didn't go sooner. Highway 40 is, in my opinion, every bit as beautiful in the winter as the Icefields Parkway in Banff, though perhaps the peaks are not as spectacular. There was almost no one there, as opposed to Banff, and it felt more like a remote wilderness area than a provincial park. Definitely a must-see for anyone planning a trip to the Canadian Rockies.

I had the ISO set to 200 (which is a bit more than my camera can handle) to catch the earlier sunrise, so there was a bit of noise in the picture. I removed most of it using Neat Image, but there was a bit of a silky feel given to some portions, which I didn't much care for. But you all are the judges, so let me know what you think!

Clark

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