How I Became Addicted to Chasing Sunrise Reflections

Goodbye sleep, hello morning reflections.

By: Maddy Elrick
December 8, 2016

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For some time now, I have been an active outdoor enthusiast. I've always loved hiking, backpacking and a good morning reflection. The more time I spent outdoors the more I ran into these breezeless lakes with crisp reflections. Every time I found myself starring at a perfectly still lake, it would always leave me wanting more.

Photo by Max Zedler (Instagram: @maxzedler)

So I started seeking out these experiences, and found that sunrise was a promising time for these tranquil moments. Camping no longer included sleeping in, but rather waking up in the dark and heading to the closest body of water. Although at first it was hard giving up sleep, the more I went to find these reflections the more I was amazed by every unique sunrise.

I love the peacefulness of mornings and that every so often I would get to enjoy these serene locations all to myself. This hobby quickly became an obsession and many summer mornings included waking up before 4am and heading out the door. I would drive hours in the dark to find the perfect spot for sunrise.

As winter slowly rolled into the Canadian Rockies, I found myself getting out more knowing my time was limited. Soon all the lakes would be frozen, but until that happened, the brisk mornings wouldn't keep me away. The cooler temperatures brought sharper reflections and winter had never looked so flawless.

After a solid week of temperatures below -20C, its safe to say that most of the lakes are now completely frozen. Although I love winter and all the fun to be had in the snow, I will miss my reflections dearly. Im already looking forward to spring when the lakes will start to thaw, but until than I will enjoy being able to sleep in.

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Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph.