Cross Country Skiing by a Full Moon

Participants: Ian Grant, Winston Latter, Julian Tejada, Adam Kwiecinski, Jimmy Quigley, Eric Tulk, Patrick Latter
Start: Canmore, Alberta, Canada – 12:00am
Finish: Banff, Alberta, Canada – 4:00am
Distance: 18.7 km
Time: 4 Hours
Weather: -20.6 °C (-5 °F)

Directions

From Canmore follow the directions in town towards the ‘Nordic Center‘. Continue on around the reservoir and dam until you reach the ‘Goat Creek‘ trailhead parking lot.

Gear

  • Cross Country Skis
  • Cross Country Boots
  • Cross Country Poles
  • Food
  • Water
  • Warm ski jacket
  • Warm fleece
  • Warm socks (or 2 layers of socks)
  • Toque
  • Thermal underwear
  • Snow-pants or gaiters
  • Gloves

Photographic Information

All shots were with a 24mm at F1.4 and iso 12800 handheld. The only issue become actually focusing the camera in such low light. I would get somebody to hold up a flash light and use this to focus and then turn the flash light off when I was ready to shoot. To ensure sharpness with such low shutter speeds, I would take 4 or 5 shots in rapid succession to increase the chances of getting a shot that was usable.

Story

We arrived at the Goat Creek parking lot just before midnight and began getting our freshly rented skis ready to go.

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The full moon made for an eerie almost daylight like appearance to the landscape. The moon light was so bright that it was casting strong shadows across the trail.

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Despite the cold temperatures, all the physical activity had us shedding layers only a few km into the trail.

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Reaching the largest bridge on the trail marked the end the downhill section. From here it’s mainly up hill until you reach Banff.

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The further we made it in, the greater the accumulated snow fall seemed to be.  There were huge clumps of snow still hanging from the low lying trees.

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Adam officially won the coveted most frozen beard award.

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By | 2017-06-07T12:48:11+00:00 January 3rd, 2013|Cross Country Skiing|286 Comments

286 Comments

  1. dianadrengere January 3, 2013 at 9:46 am - Reply

    This is AMAZING.

  2. La Maison by Karine January 3, 2013 at 9:47 am - Reply

    Amazing pictures! I can feel the calmness.

  3. Shutterbug Sage January 3, 2013 at 9:48 am - Reply

    It looks cold, but VERY beautiful!

  4. Emanuel Table January 3, 2013 at 9:49 am - Reply

    All these pictures are amazing! Looks like an awesome trip.

  5. azgsgirl January 3, 2013 at 9:50 am - Reply

    Wow, looks like you all had fun! I actually tried cross-country skiing last weekend while up in the White Mountains of Arizona. I was terrible at it, but the trails had deep snow and were not groomed. It was almost as beautiful as your trek into the snow. It’s funny you mentioned about shedding layers quickly even though it was cold. I did the same thing! I mainly went into the woods on skis to get some photos of the wildfire burn areas.

    Beautiful photos, Patrick! I always enjoy your work!

  6. SportChick January 3, 2013 at 9:50 am - Reply

    Oh wow – what a beautiful night captured with some stunning photos. Breathtaking.

  7. John January 3, 2013 at 9:50 am - Reply

    Absolutely beautiful, captivating and spooky too. Your photo skills are excellent!

  8. naomimgruer January 3, 2013 at 9:51 am - Reply

    Looks like fun!

  9. Alex @ northstory January 3, 2013 at 9:52 am - Reply

    Absolutely incredible!

  10. this is lemonade January 3, 2013 at 9:54 am - Reply

    LOL! Oh dear. That full moon looked a little vulnerable in all that beautiful pristine, freeeeezing snow! Wonderful photos otherwise 😛 I have to look twice at all your photos because such places do not exist in the world I am familiar with. Gorgeous.

  11. christopherson January 3, 2013 at 9:55 am - Reply

    Spectacular photos. That had to be a very fun outing as well.

  12. Angeline M January 3, 2013 at 9:56 am - Reply

    That second to last photo I love.

  13. Aradhna January 3, 2013 at 9:59 am - Reply

    Absolutely breathtaking. I’ve never thought of putting “skiing” and “moonlight” together. Fantastic job!

  14. ckponderings January 3, 2013 at 9:59 am - Reply

    Stunning images! I want snow like that. 🙁

  15. Marifosque January 3, 2013 at 10:00 am - Reply

    These are amazing shots 🙂 And the moon is really bright!

  16. Heather January 3, 2013 at 10:00 am - Reply

    wow…absolutely stunning photos!!! Even though I live in “snow country” I’m not a fan of winter/snow, but your photos show both in all its beauty…

  17. Nnena@NordicBLACK January 3, 2013 at 10:04 am - Reply

    Truly awesome. I love this post. Wish I was out there with you. Maybe next year. Thanks for the camera info. I was going to get a Nikon 500 as I’m just starting out but maybe I’ll be a little braver.

  18. drawandshoot January 3, 2013 at 10:04 am - Reply

    Nice “exposures”, Patrick. 😉
    (that’s my lame full moon joke…)
    Absolutely gorgeous images, as always.

  19. jensine January 3, 2013 at 10:05 am - Reply

    and even a ” full moon” … what a beautiful adventure to start the year with

  20. jsresults January 3, 2013 at 10:10 am - Reply

    Beautiful photos!

  21. Kim Ross January 3, 2013 at 10:14 am - Reply

    Gorg!

  22. Lampros Velissaridis January 3, 2013 at 10:14 am - Reply

    Great Captures!!!!

  23. henrymowry January 3, 2013 at 10:15 am - Reply

    You make me wish I was there! Great post.

  24. Ice Beautiful January 3, 2013 at 10:17 am - Reply

    Such a challenging adventure and very beautiful pictures!

  25. journeyexplorer January 3, 2013 at 10:20 am - Reply

    oh wow amazing, do you know the trail well hence it seems to ‘lightweight’? Why mid nite start?

  26. Carl Milner January 3, 2013 at 10:27 am - Reply

    Stunning shots, especially since they are all handheld.

  27. travelingmarla January 3, 2013 at 10:35 am - Reply

    Absolutely LOVE this post today, Patrick. We’ve never been night skiing but it looks wonderful!

  28. Anne Bonney January 3, 2013 at 10:40 am - Reply

    The quality of the light in these photos is truly beautiful. I especially like the way you captured Orion.

  29. Franco January 3, 2013 at 10:45 am - Reply

    Nice butt!

  30. indiginz January 3, 2013 at 10:45 am - Reply

    Fantastic images, story and journey!

  31. klrs09 January 3, 2013 at 10:45 am - Reply

    Gorgeous photos! Looks like fun — Happy New Year!

  32. Cynthia Reavis January 3, 2013 at 10:48 am - Reply

    I’m so jealous! These are magnificent!

  33. Laura Hilger January 3, 2013 at 10:48 am - Reply

    Looks like epic fun! I love the Banff area, but have never done any nordic there. Thanks for sharing!

  34. entretroisvolcans January 3, 2013 at 10:49 am - Reply

    Almost made me feel nostalgic for the snow, for my skis…

  35. mjculverphotography January 3, 2013 at 10:55 am - Reply

    Beautiful shots. Looks like a picture post card. Thanks for sharing.

  36. mjculverphotography January 3, 2013 at 10:58 am - Reply

    And I just noticed the “full moon” shot!!! LOL

  37. tellthetruth1 January 3, 2013 at 11:00 am - Reply

    You’re right. It is like daylight! What beautiful pictures.

  38. LizForADay January 3, 2013 at 11:01 am - Reply

    Love the moon picture the best. 🙂

  39. AYearOfTravel January 3, 2013 at 11:06 am - Reply

    Happy New Year! I’m amazed at how bright these photos are – it really looks like the middle of the day. So, what did you do once you arrived in Banff at 4 a.m??

  40. themeanderingmushroomman January 3, 2013 at 11:09 am - Reply

    extraordinary work ~ well done

  41. peerlesscynic January 3, 2013 at 11:12 am - Reply

    Cheeky…

  42. LensScaper January 3, 2013 at 11:25 am - Reply

    Amazing clarity considering the high ISO and the focussing difficulties. What a beautiful night too for this journey. -20C is cold enough, I’ve skied in -25C in the Alps and that was painful. There’s a disincentive to go fast because you then get the added wind chill!

  43. Real real me January 3, 2013 at 11:30 am - Reply

    I love the photos, very professional.

  44. kenlarmon January 3, 2013 at 11:33 am - Reply

    That’s way too cold for me. I can live vicariously through your post. Wonderful photographs as well.

  45. sequoia101 January 3, 2013 at 11:41 am - Reply

    You guys are radical about adventure, that’s for sure! Love it!! Thanks for sharing all the great shots – very well done. I’m amazed at all the light cast by the full moon. Beautiful.

  46. sethsnap January 3, 2013 at 11:43 am - Reply

    Amazing shots, especially the moon shot. 🙂

  47. foresterartist January 3, 2013 at 11:50 am - Reply

    Great shots, except the last moon shot did nothing for me (except make me laugh).

  48. Abrielle Valencia January 3, 2013 at 11:52 am - Reply

    Oh my! These pics are flawless; especially the first one. Love this!

  49. tableofcolors January 3, 2013 at 11:55 am - Reply

    A couple of years back a friend and I went cross-country skiing in the full moon. The conditions were similar and the night was cold. Skiing across the frozen lake and back was exciting and an unforgettable experience.

  50. Sherry January 3, 2013 at 11:58 am - Reply

    Wow, your pictures are, as usual, incredible. I love the long shot of walking through the heavily-laden trees. Like something from a fantasy movie. Wasn’t it Ansel Adams who said you take a thousand thots in hopes of getting just one good one? I think your story of focusing at night made me think of that, but you don’t seem to have problems with finding a great shot. Beautiful! I always love coming here to see your work. It inspires me.

  51. John January 3, 2013 at 11:59 am - Reply

    Beautifully serene!

  52. aaremo January 3, 2013 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    stunning!

  53. Sue Brown January 3, 2013 at 12:37 pm - Reply

    This looks like a film set – magical. The other full moon is not quite so magical 😉

  54. activetravelpro January 3, 2013 at 12:43 pm - Reply

    Wow, I would LOVE to do that! What amazing images…and yes, the shadows were awesome! Love a full moon (wink!)

  55. kiwiskan January 3, 2013 at 12:49 pm - Reply

    Beautiful shots. Hard to believe it’s not daylight

  56. AlwaysARedhead January 3, 2013 at 12:55 pm - Reply

    I wish I could ski, Banff is beautiful.

  57. dougstinson January 3, 2013 at 12:55 pm - Reply

    I love photographs by moonlight!

  58. rutakintome January 3, 2013 at 12:59 pm - Reply

    Beautiful captures!

  59. the Gunslinger Poet January 3, 2013 at 1:07 pm - Reply

    i do this quite often (snowshoe also), but have never captured such vibrant and beautiful pictures!

  60. planted oak January 3, 2013 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    patrick these pictures are rocking my world! it’s SO light. and people look like toys! 🙂

  61. Joy is now January 3, 2013 at 1:18 pm - Reply

    Wow, it’s like a fairytale!! I particularly like the third and second from last ones but what fantastic quality, including of the people. Wish I was there. Actually, no, I feel I WAS there. Thanks

  62. sierrabennettdesign January 3, 2013 at 1:20 pm - Reply

    Looks magical! and fun:)

  63. 8jax1000 January 3, 2013 at 1:20 pm - Reply

    These are wonderful!

  64. notesfromrumbleycottage January 3, 2013 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    These are all incredible but I think I like the second to last photo best. Although the last one does give it steep competion.

  65. nonehpets January 3, 2013 at 1:25 pm - Reply

    Stunning photographs … especially that one about halfway down … I have only done cross country skiing once and I loved it. This looks such an awesome adventure, thanks for sharing it.

  66. livritome January 3, 2013 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    Beautiful! Love your pics!!

  67. Evan Zelermyer January 3, 2013 at 1:31 pm - Reply

    Very cool — and very well documented. . . .

  68. Kristen Reichert January 3, 2013 at 1:40 pm - Reply

    Beautiful!

  69. beckyfields January 3, 2013 at 1:47 pm - Reply

    STUNNING! How can the moon be so gloriously bright!?!?! AH! so satisfying. I can feel the cold, and see the air. Beautiful work. (Creation and yours!)

  70. sophiebowns January 3, 2013 at 1:48 pm - Reply

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    Wow! Looks like such an amazing adventure !

  71. sp56h January 3, 2013 at 1:49 pm - Reply

    Beautiful!

  72. margosnotebook January 3, 2013 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    That must have been an amazing experience. Beautiful shots … you do get around!!

  73. Katherine January 3, 2013 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    Truly AWEsome.

  74. Cat's Meow January 3, 2013 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    These are astonishing! Thank you for sharing!!!

  75. cythereandreams January 3, 2013 at 2:47 pm - Reply

    Incredible moonlight pictures. Not the “full moon” one though 🙂 – must’ve been incredibly cold, poor devil.

  76. Vicky January 3, 2013 at 2:49 pm - Reply

    Fabulous photos 🙂
    I’m so surprised at the lack of grainy images too, with such a high ISO speed. Excellent!!

  77. jimmorrisondreamdiaries January 3, 2013 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    Wonderful nocturnal photos. Moonshiner must have felt the cold by the looks of the trees. There’s a Banff up North of Scotland but have not been there as I visit mostly England having been born there although Skye and Alloa are Heavenly Hills. Going Alloa tomorrow again. Trees out my back were covered like this last year but seeing the whole picture and the moonlit skies is priceless. You should have an Exhibition. Thanks for sharing these. I see I’ve a long way to go photography-wise but working on it. Great work!

  78. susielindau January 3, 2013 at 3:08 pm - Reply

    Absolutely gorgeous! And now I know how to spell toque. 🙂

  79. The Guat January 3, 2013 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    These photos are truly amazing I love the first picture. It’s my favorite 🙂 Hope you got my message about nominating you for the 2012 Blog of The Year. You are an amazing photographer and I always look forward to your posts. Here’s the link … just in case it got lost among all the awesome comments you get 🙂

    http://thewishfactor.wordpress.com/2012/12/31/the-last-holy-crap-moment-of-the-year/

  80. margaretw514 January 3, 2013 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    You must be part-arctic animal to constantly be taking these beautiful pictures in the frigid cold and not freeze to death!:)

  81. Catherine January 3, 2013 at 3:43 pm - Reply

    I would just like to say that I’m jealous, both of this ski trip and of your ability to document it.

  82. mississhippi January 3, 2013 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    Seeing the snow covered landscape it seems such an alien yet beautiful place to me, coming as I do from a warmer clime. Beautiful photos as always. Amazing how much light you have captured in these when it was the middle of the night.

  83. jefferyrn January 3, 2013 at 3:55 pm - Reply

    That last picture looks like Yukon Cornelius.

  84. jmlightj January 3, 2013 at 4:11 pm - Reply

    Awesome! I thought BC was the most beautiful place in Canada! Now I need to go to Banff – how do you deal with temps and the camera when you brought it back inside after being in the cold so long? Were you shooting high iso? Assume you weren’t carrying tripod . . .

  85. Still Times January 3, 2013 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    These are fantastic photos. Your work would fit in so well in Travel & Outdoor magazines… Love your work.

    Maria

  86. syntk January 3, 2013 at 4:30 pm - Reply

    Beautiful stuff! The last picture is a great portrait. Such sharpness in low light! I will have to try your flashlight trick at some point.

  87. Jeff | Planetbell January 3, 2013 at 4:38 pm - Reply

    These are awesome photos. It makes we want to take up cross country skiing. Did the guys in your group get annoyed with you stopping to shoot pics?

  88. lylekrahn January 3, 2013 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    Great work with the low light and handheld. Impressive results.

  89. latebloomerbuds January 3, 2013 at 5:00 pm - Reply

    No words appropriate for how amazing these captures are. I will dream tonight of being there. Not on skis mind you, but there nonetheless. Glorious, peaceful, amazing!! Margie

    P.S. Love the shot of the full moon, LOL!

  90. westseventhfreelance January 3, 2013 at 5:00 pm - Reply

    Ha! Full moon! Lovely!

  91. Pairodox Farm January 3, 2013 at 5:06 pm - Reply

    Nicely done. Very cool indeed. DS

  92. gita4elamats January 3, 2013 at 5:52 pm - Reply

    WOW!

  93. csd7227 January 3, 2013 at 6:06 pm - Reply

    Very nice shots!

  94. compostingwords January 3, 2013 at 6:18 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful adventure and beautiful photos! What a lovely trail. The tall trees covered with snow with the moonlight are magical.

  95. RoSy January 3, 2013 at 6:40 pm - Reply

    LOL – On the full moon!

  96. Frank K. January 3, 2013 at 6:41 pm - Reply

    What a great adventure. I particularly like the photo with Orion visible.

  97. tywood12 January 3, 2013 at 7:25 pm - Reply

    YOur photos are always amazing. I promise I m buying

  98. reocochran January 3, 2013 at 7:26 pm - Reply

    There are few words that are not overused to express my overwhelming awe. Thanks for sharing these unique and gorgeous pictures!

  99. Shirley Buxton January 3, 2013 at 7:28 pm - Reply

    Oh, my goodness, these are gorgeous . . . well, most of them. 🙂

    Blessings always….

  100. Josh January 3, 2013 at 7:38 pm - Reply

    I’ve skied along that same trail! Great photos man.

  101. meiro January 3, 2013 at 7:47 pm - Reply

    Never bored seeing your works…., really beautiful.

    Warm wishes,
    mei

  102. malvikajaswal January 3, 2013 at 7:57 pm - Reply

    It is beautiful, extraordinary! even the one with someone’s butt showing 🙂

    • vyvacious January 4, 2013 at 2:04 am - Reply

      I’m so glad I saw your comment. I had to go back and check!! In my awe of the gorgeous scenery, I missed the wonderful mooning 😛

      • malvikajaswal January 15, 2013 at 10:29 pm - Reply

        haha! I had to go back twice to be sure my eyes weren’t playing tricks since nobody else seemed to hav commented…

  103. Charmadillo January 3, 2013 at 9:15 pm - Reply

    Your photos are absolutely wonderful! I love the way you capture the stars in the second the last photo here.

  104. belasbrightideas January 3, 2013 at 9:35 pm - Reply

    Gods, these are lovely. I don’t miss much about the cold, but I do miss x/c skiing on the full moon. We did it quite a bit, over the years in eastern Maine. So lovely – quiet – sacred, really.

  105. neelkanth January 3, 2013 at 10:12 pm - Reply

    JUST SO WONDERFUL.

  106. Deb Gale January 3, 2013 at 10:20 pm - Reply

    Brilliant….I love the high ISO, grainy texture of these shots!

  107. Josh & Kristan January 3, 2013 at 10:20 pm - Reply

    Your work is Amazing. You seriously inspire me to take better photos

  108. Azhar Ali January 3, 2013 at 10:44 pm - Reply

    This must be awesome….

  109. dtran288 January 3, 2013 at 11:05 pm - Reply

    I think the majority can agree that the full moon was the highlight. Haha. All joking aside, these pictures are gorgeous! Good work!

  110. ArtbyLinz January 3, 2013 at 11:25 pm - Reply

    Wow, Just BEAUTIFUL!!!

  111. 12kilroy January 3, 2013 at 11:52 pm - Reply

    These shots are stunning. It almost looks unreal.

  112. mmkng January 4, 2013 at 12:14 am - Reply

    Patrick,
    The “” almost made me fall off my chair. Hilarious. Thanks for sharing!
    mmkng

  113. Poetry and Icecream January 4, 2013 at 12:32 am - Reply

    Wow, unbelievably beautiful photos! I’ve never seen snow so I really enjoyed these. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  114. Phyllis January 4, 2013 at 12:43 am - Reply

    Absolutely stunning photos!

  115. streetpixels January 4, 2013 at 12:45 am - Reply

    This was probably freaking cold, but worth it. I guess you guys were now and then really quiet and just looking… The shots really transport the silence and beauty of the night!

  116. Boomdeeadda January 4, 2013 at 12:53 am - Reply

    Thanks for the photo tips…that looks like a really cool thing to do. Gorgeous photo’s. Do you worry about bears? I just got an Canon S110 for Christmas…using Auto for now until I can learn all about setting the ISO, shutter speed etc….I have so much to learn but wanted a camera to grow into and learn some technique.

    • Patrick Latter January 6, 2013 at 9:58 am - Reply

      We always have bear spray. It’s the winter however and most of them are asleep under mounds of snow. Spring and fall are the worrisome times but this is a fairly busy trail. The conservation officers also do an amazing job tracking the bears and notifying the public. Everyone starts somewhere! I used a point and shoot for years until I was interested in photography.

  117. jennmillar45 January 4, 2013 at 1:03 am - Reply

    AWESOME!

  118. Papi Jare January 4, 2013 at 1:55 am - Reply

    wonderfully captured photos! 😀

  119. Kevin Kutlesa January 4, 2013 at 2:01 am - Reply

    Gorgeous photography as always! They’re breathtaking! And that’s one hell of a way to welcome the new year! Happy New Year! and a bounty of success for you

  120. vyvacious January 4, 2013 at 2:02 am - Reply

    These photos are absolutely gorgeous! They seem surreal!

  121. Jackie Jones January 4, 2013 at 4:02 am - Reply

    What a great time to spend with friends and lovely of you to share :).

  122. kathibook January 4, 2013 at 4:23 am - Reply

    Thank you for showing me things and places I would not otherwise see. 🙂

  123. Sonu Duggal January 4, 2013 at 5:17 am - Reply

    Its beautiful ..

  124. biancaeva January 4, 2013 at 5:38 am - Reply

    those pictures are simply amazing, wish I could go there once too! 🙂

  125. Annette January 4, 2013 at 5:54 am - Reply

    really wonderful photographs, very magical

  126. Stephen Hughes January 4, 2013 at 6:16 am - Reply

    Wonderful, amazing ~ and always such a great place to be!
    Keep them rolling Patrick
    Steve Hughes
    http://www.we-love-wood.com

  127. viveka January 4, 2013 at 6:34 am - Reply

    Magical photos …. this is what winter is about at it’s best. Thank you so much for sharing.

  128. D. Raymond-Wryhte January 4, 2013 at 7:40 am - Reply

    What amazes me is how much these pictures look like daylight. I would expect modern technology to be able to record moonlit images with clarity and contrast. Unexpected is all the color.

  129. DC January 4, 2013 at 7:46 am - Reply

    This is like being in a dream, I love the photos! Great job.

  130. Holy Moonlight, Batman! Oh, the beauty of it.

  131. sarahbuzzkill January 4, 2013 at 8:26 am - Reply

    booty! happy new rotation, imagine. out of 200-400 billion stars in our galaxy…we’ve traveled around one of them in full rotation. hope you had an amazing time, made me kinda jealous. also, nice ass shot.

  132. photographyartplus January 4, 2013 at 8:47 am - Reply

    Hi Patrick, I have nominated you for: !Very Inspiring Blog award!
    Please check the link for more details.
    http://photographyartplus.wordpress.com/2013/01/04/blog-of-the-year-2012/
    Congratulations!!! Regards, Marcela !

  133. aspiringimagesbyrachel January 4, 2013 at 8:54 am - Reply

    I love how bright that light was! What a great experience & beautiful images.

  134. glutenfreesleuth January 4, 2013 at 10:55 am - Reply

    Beautiful!

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  135. Charlie McDonald January 4, 2013 at 10:55 am - Reply

    Reblogged this on CW McDonald Photography.

  136. John M January 4, 2013 at 11:11 am - Reply

    Beautiful! Must be quite a changeup from Maui…

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  138. Sheila Morris January 4, 2013 at 11:22 am - Reply

    These images are breathtakingly beautiful…and the guys are cute, too!! Brrrrrrr….

  139. Kodiak My Little Grizzly January 4, 2013 at 11:29 am - Reply

    Don’t like cross country skiing… (Not fast enough for me) now I’ve become a snowboarder mom… Kids ski and board and now I do both… LOVE photography and LOVE winter!!! Thanks for sharing these!!!!

    • Patrick Latter January 6, 2013 at 9:50 am - Reply

      Haha it’s a little harder to snowboard and carry a camera! Thank you!

  140. Author Charmaine Gordon January 4, 2013 at 11:47 am - Reply

    Full moon, indeed, Patrick. Thanks for the glorious photos. As a former skier, you took me back to a special time in my life where snow and icy beards brought joy to my heart.

  141. Alisa May Geiser January 4, 2013 at 11:52 am - Reply

    More fun than a barrel full of greased monkeys!

  142. knitneedlez January 4, 2013 at 12:23 pm - Reply

    I love your pictures. It feels so real that I just think I could reach out and touch the snow. Wow!

  143. noelinematthews January 4, 2013 at 12:48 pm - Reply

    Patrick these are great shots. What an exciting run it must have been. Your work is breath taking. All the best.

  144. Vitality2day January 4, 2013 at 1:55 pm - Reply

    Wow! I love your photos! Thank you for sharing!

  145. walnut95 January 4, 2013 at 2:03 pm - Reply

    Stunning photographs – but you could have asked me to come too !

  146. taozirae January 4, 2013 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    Amazing. Amazing. Amazing. and… Amazing.

    • taozirae January 4, 2013 at 2:16 pm - Reply

      Also, I love the “full mooning”.

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  148. truthinvivo January 4, 2013 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    My sister is planning on emigrating to Canada and one of the places she is considering moving to is Canmore. Looks amazing! I’m sure she will like your photos.

  149. Vishvesh January 4, 2013 at 5:24 pm - Reply

    Absolutely Brilliant! It’s like you guys had few hidden spot lights for taking the photos.

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  151. juliemckaycovert January 4, 2013 at 8:03 pm - Reply

    Wow! 12800! Really nice job and such crisp images.
    And how nice that the clouds listened to you when you asked them to spend the night elsewhere!
    Next full moon here on Lake Huron I’ll have to see what I can “see.”
    Keep up the great work.

  152. jmslesin January 4, 2013 at 11:31 pm - Reply

    stunning!

  153. cmbanerjee January 4, 2013 at 11:46 pm - Reply

    Amazing!

  154. Where's Wiwi? January 5, 2013 at 1:38 am - Reply

    ……insert superlative here…. wow words fail me, that was breathtaking!

  155. Nono January 5, 2013 at 1:48 am - Reply

    Love the pictures, Have done this before way long ago, now I have the hankering to do it again. Thank you for sharing with us.

  156. hagnoska January 5, 2013 at 2:30 am - Reply

    Wow, you are genius! I never thought that photos with such high ISO can be so perfect.

  157. danielwalldammit January 5, 2013 at 3:46 am - Reply

    Beautiful pics.

  158. Lesley January 5, 2013 at 8:40 am - Reply

    I’m always excited to see your newest post! Gorgeous shots, as usual. You have a great eye for capturing people in your photos that I’m truly envious of. Nice work!

  159. sundaychildcarola January 5, 2013 at 9:11 am - Reply

    great shots!

  160. followthenorthernstar January 5, 2013 at 9:13 am - Reply

    These are absolutely stunning, some of them don’t even look real, like the one looking at the bridge.

  161. prashlive January 5, 2013 at 9:17 am - Reply

    I wish I could visit all these places where you go. Awesome Pics.

  162. Grace J. Kim January 5, 2013 at 11:07 am - Reply

    So jealous of your experiences. Keep ’em coming so I can vicariously live through them haha!

  163. rachelnicole2012 January 5, 2013 at 11:47 am - Reply

    This is so fun! I love getting to experience your adventures through your photography. Do you follow any other photography blogs? Its one of my favorite art forms to admire and would love suggestions on some other good photography. Thanks!

  164. Dave January 5, 2013 at 11:55 am - Reply

    That was awesome, Patrick. I almost feel like I joined you on your cross country skiing …

  165. adolfovianaphotography January 5, 2013 at 12:55 pm - Reply

    I have nominated for : “Blog of the Year 2012 Award”
    More details on the link.
    http://adolfovianaphotography.wordpress.com/2013/01/05/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/
    Great Job!

  166. Beginning Middle and the Edge January 5, 2013 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    I only love the snow when I am tucked up in warm winter woolies and a roaring fire is heating every corner of the house, and I’m peering out of the window as warm as toast. But I could look at these photos forever. Absolutely amazing!!

  167. Rebecca Sands January 5, 2013 at 5:44 pm - Reply

    Love these images – it’s like another world!

  168. dorothycunningham January 5, 2013 at 7:04 pm - Reply

    ha ha…beautiful images, but…..Ha…too funny

  169. anitadesignstudio January 5, 2013 at 7:28 pm - Reply

    Patrick, these images are magical!! Number 10 is my fave, although the ‘full moon’ is a close second! 😉

  170. Michael January 5, 2013 at 8:23 pm - Reply

    I don’t know what’s more awesome: the photos, the landscape, or your life. All of the above is the most logical choice. Also, I never got to say thanks for following my blog(s) and giving me thumbs up on my own photography. So, thank you.

  171. Nikhil Chandra January 5, 2013 at 11:23 pm - Reply

    Wonderful photo…what an amazing amazing experience it must have been. Wish you a very happy New Year.

  172. Mary Strong-Spaid January 6, 2013 at 1:56 am - Reply

    You take such incredible photos. So clear even at night!!

  173. Leial January 6, 2013 at 5:01 am - Reply

    Reblogged this on Fish Cookies.

  174. Crista January 6, 2013 at 7:12 am - Reply

    cool photos! looks like an amazing adventure.

  175. Gardner's World January 6, 2013 at 9:31 am - Reply

    Love how the context makes the stars look like falling snowflakes

  176. lexi January 6, 2013 at 10:40 am - Reply

    Great experience and photos. A group of my rescue team members and I snowshoed to a yurt by Leadville,Colorado at night. The yurt cooks meals for a very limited number of late night trekkers. We then trekked back out around 11 pm. Fun to be outside when you know most people are getting ready for bed 🙂

  177. theprojectboard January 6, 2013 at 12:19 pm - Reply

    Oh, it looks so cold, but you got some great shots!

  178. Anne Orchard January 6, 2013 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    Your photos are just fab. I wanted to let you know I nominated you for the Lovely Blog Award today. You can find the details here http://anneorchardwriter.wordpress.com/2013/01/06/the-lovely-blog-award/

  179. RGCalkins January 6, 2013 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    Your photos are amazing. What a beautiful landscape to shoot. Surreal and serene.

  180. Gregoryno6 January 6, 2013 at 3:45 pm - Reply

    Reblogged this on The mind is an unexplored country. and commented:
    Looks like fun. Even more so as summer has been so evil so far.

  181. K. Bailey Fucanan January 6, 2013 at 3:58 pm - Reply

    Wow! Amazing shots (as usual) and they so make me want to go there and experience it for myself.

  182. sakuraandme January 7, 2013 at 1:59 am - Reply

    How breathtaking!!! Happy New Year! …….Paula x

  183. dogoljmeghafeltorod January 7, 2013 at 2:50 am - Reply

    Very Imressive. Cgrt.

  184. jumbo January 7, 2013 at 2:55 am - Reply

    Amazing pictures. Thank you.

  185. Jane Risdon January 7, 2013 at 5:43 am - Reply

    Love the photos and captions/detail, thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful and exciting 2013.

  186. […] Cross Country Skiing by a Full Moon « Canadian Hiking Photography. […]

  187. made in montauk January 7, 2013 at 6:14 am - Reply

    Gorgeous!

  188. Amy E January 7, 2013 at 10:30 am - Reply

    #2 is my favorite, just beautiful

  189. Lady Belz January 7, 2013 at 11:00 am - Reply

    Your photos are amazing!

    I hope you will be happy that I have nominated you for The Beautiful Blogger Award. The rules that come with the award are:

    1. Post the award on your page.
    2. Link back the person who nominated you.
    3. Tell seven facts about yourself.
    4. Nominate seven bloggers and let them know they have been nominated.

    My reasons for nominating the seven blogs are listed in my post. http://ladybelz.wordpress.com/2013/01/07/beautiful-blogger-award-nod/

  190. Betty Londergan January 7, 2013 at 11:15 am - Reply

    Spectacular … I can’t believe how clear and sharp the photos are. What an adventure — and makes me want to cross-country ski again so badly!! Happy New Year!

  191. haleytice January 7, 2013 at 3:02 pm - Reply

    Looks like such a fun adventure!

  192. jackostram January 7, 2013 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    Simply breathtaking. Awesome

  193. icanseealight January 7, 2013 at 5:46 pm - Reply

    Wow, like others said, breathtaking. I can almost smell the clean forest air. I’m glad you mentioned you carry bear spray…I was wondering if you worried about bears.

  194. thelindseyoneill January 7, 2013 at 8:36 pm - Reply

    http://thelindseyoneill.com/2013/01/08/my-liebster-award-nominees-are/

    Tag. Patrick Latter Photography is one of my nominees for a Liebster award this year……..<3

  195. theroadtriphound January 7, 2013 at 9:05 pm - Reply

    Fantastic pictures! Makes me proud to be Canadian!

  196. lizzieme January 8, 2013 at 2:26 am - Reply

    Oo my days so fun!!!

  197. backthewaywecame January 8, 2013 at 2:45 am - Reply

    What a thought! And how exciting!
    (Just to let you know I won’t be posting for a while – won’t have access to the internet.
    Will let you know when I’m up and running again.)

  198. pixi January 8, 2013 at 4:22 am - Reply

    Ah, I miss winter and I miss snow. Your pictures are amazing.

  199. Elizabeth Willis Barrett January 8, 2013 at 9:12 am - Reply

    Your photography is exquisite!

  200. mcaaront January 8, 2013 at 9:57 am - Reply

    These photos are breathtaking! Thanks for your follow, I look forward to seeing more of your adventures in the photos!

  201. cyardin January 8, 2013 at 2:23 pm - Reply

    Epic journey and wicked photos – who needs sleep when you can go out in a wonderland like this!

    • susanwbailey January 24, 2013 at 8:20 am - Reply

      Ditto, man I’d like to do that! Reblogging your post on my blog. Stunning pictures!

  202. ddog13 January 8, 2013 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    Awesome pics! Just thought I’d drop by to letcha know that you’re getting a blogging award 2morrow on my blog. the post will be posted tomorrow. You’re pics are great. Congrats!

  203. vindi85 January 8, 2013 at 9:00 pm - Reply

    Really great pics! Enjoyed them all, but have to say the one of Adam looking Heavenward has got to be my fave. Really great capture in that pic! Perfect moment and expression (hope it wasn’t him realizing an avalanche had begun)! 🙂

    • kerbey January 23, 2013 at 9:31 pm - Reply

      I second that emotion about the one looking heavenward. These pictures are stunning.

  204. azenfullife January 9, 2013 at 10:16 am - Reply

    Great shots Patrick, captured the Winter Wonderland perfectly.

  205. Antonia Nelson January 9, 2013 at 10:58 am - Reply

    amazing amazing! may I ask what kind of settings you were using? (camera nerd)

  206. Antonia Nelson January 9, 2013 at 10:59 am - Reply

    Oh wait – i see you posted that already 🙂

  207. Heartafire January 9, 2013 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    Brrr!! awesome photography…what a beautiful world!

  208. gabygabyss January 10, 2013 at 8:49 am - Reply

    These are the kind of pics that blew me away, they’re magical. Great great pics!

  209. chrisb-jwordsandimages January 10, 2013 at 10:57 am - Reply

    Wonderful photographs.

  210. Karista January 10, 2013 at 3:29 pm - Reply

    Incredible! I’ve never seen such beautiful photos under the light of a full moon. Or a full moon photo for that matter. 😉

  211. L & M Designs Canada January 10, 2013 at 7:04 pm - Reply

    Reblogged this on Family Myself and Me and commented:
    The moon is so bright, that you forget the photos are at night. That’s an adventure you will all remember.

  212. ivansopin January 10, 2013 at 10:55 pm - Reply

    Wow! Some may say that it is sort of “one in a lifetime” experience, but I guess for guys in Canada it is not a big deal. Great pics!

  213. justinnejoy January 12, 2013 at 7:08 am - Reply

    wow ! your pics are amazing ! how I wish i could experience snow.

  214. KatElders61 January 12, 2013 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    I agree with “cyardin”! Who needs sleep when you could be seeing and doing that!! Judging from the photos, you are all considerably younger, but I would kill (figuratively) to do that and I’m in good to pretty good shape 😉
    Your pictures are always great, but this makes a girl really think about it. Amazingly beautiful!!

  215. fprex scam January 14, 2013 at 2:49 pm - Reply

    Felix Homogratus, Dimitri Chavkerov Rules! You pay us we post good about us!!

  216. rosedandrea January 14, 2013 at 11:56 pm - Reply

    Pretty incredible. I’ve always wanted to learn how to cross country ski. Going to have to save up for next winter (along with all the other cool things I want to do this year lol).

  217. Meigrowstall January 17, 2013 at 11:54 am - Reply

    I was wondering why the sky shot so blue? It’s beautiful. Was that the actual condition or coaxed out with a bit of post processing?

  218. analyticblogger January 18, 2013 at 4:30 pm - Reply

    Wow, those photos of Goat Creek are amazing, I must visit this place.

  219. talkerhuge January 21, 2013 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    AMAZING…. really! seems like a painting, the light is so incredible, almost like in a dream!!!! wonderful…. thanks for sharing!

  220. bullettbob January 23, 2013 at 6:31 pm - Reply

    Beautiful photos…that appears to be a truly awesome hike!

  221. Coconut Ice January 23, 2013 at 6:45 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous Photos, absolutely gorgeous! I think you’ve inspired my next illustration. 🙂

  222. Twila Grimm January 23, 2013 at 6:54 pm - Reply

    Beautiful photos.

  223. Inspired and pretty January 23, 2013 at 7:07 pm - Reply

    Wow ! These are wonderful shots, they are so beautiful ! I do cross-country skiing every week-end but I never tried at night. After seeing these amazing photos I think I’ll give it a try some day.
    Oh ! and what a great view of this other moon… Lol !
    Thanks for visiting my blog tonight 🙂

  224. gailkav January 23, 2013 at 7:09 pm - Reply

    Jaw dropping awesome photos! And all that snow looks wonderful on another hot, muggy Queensland day 🙂

  225. TamrahJo January 23, 2013 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    I’m not the adventurous, athletic type, but looking at these pictures makes me think maybe I’m missing out – –
    Awesome Pics!

  226. The Writer's Daybook January 23, 2013 at 7:23 pm - Reply

    These are beautiful. There is something about snow under a clear sky that only a picture can describe. Words would never do it.

  227. Karen @ Into My Window January 23, 2013 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    These photos are absolutely stunning ! I will revisit and enjoy them time and again.

  228. oldsunbird January 23, 2013 at 9:59 pm - Reply

    What gorgeous photos! So real! I feel I could reach out and touch the snow, the trees, everything! Just beautiful! What a treat!

  229. stuaato January 23, 2013 at 10:25 pm - Reply

    Really stunning photos here. Wish I could have done the moonlight skiing expedition.

  230. Makenzie Ann January 23, 2013 at 10:40 pm - Reply

    Haha! Some of these pictures made me laugh out loud 🙂 These are breathtaking. Thank you for stopping by my blog, I’m glad it led me to yours. I will have a chance to go xc skiing at night too soon so hopefully it works out!

  231. dobbintoo January 23, 2013 at 10:55 pm - Reply

    Beautiful photos!

  232. helenvalentina January 23, 2013 at 11:33 pm - Reply

    Brilliant images – fantastic!

  233. withflyingcolor January 24, 2013 at 2:35 am - Reply

    Stunning images!

  234. simonhlilly January 24, 2013 at 3:14 am - Reply

    Serene, beautiful,

  235. Carolyn Hughes January 24, 2013 at 4:20 am - Reply

    Your photos truly capture your amazing trip. Fabulous!

  236. Underwaterfalls January 24, 2013 at 7:19 am - Reply

    These pictures are so magical! I live in the frigid north and I love how you captured such beauty. Amazing.

  237. Maria Marino January 24, 2013 at 7:31 am - Reply

    AWESOME! Makes you really happy the camera was invented. Great job of capturing the beauty and the experience. Thank you!

  238. kari88ann January 24, 2013 at 7:53 am - Reply

    Incredible images! How beautiful a moonlit hike would be!

  239. hebe in dc January 24, 2013 at 7:56 am - Reply

    Wow. Gorgeous photographs.

  240. Jude January 24, 2013 at 8:02 am - Reply

    Simply fabulous! I love Canada and used to live in Kaslo, B.C. Fabulous, fabulous, pictures – makes me want to be back there! Thanks for stopping by my blog too. 🙂

  241. robertrun January 24, 2013 at 8:10 am - Reply

    these are amazing photos.. I wish I had some gear foir taking shots like these when I wrote this poetry blog in 2006-2007: http://thefrozennorth.wordpress.com/

    Nice Work Patrick

  242. susanwbailey January 24, 2013 at 8:21 am - Reply

    Reblogged this on Be As One and commented:
    Man would I love to do this! These are some of the most stunning photos I’ve ever seen. Just think of the secrets a full moon night could tell you …

  243. emineyesimaydin January 24, 2013 at 8:21 am - Reply

    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and liking it; that gave me the chance to meet your blog and i pretty liked it:) hope to see you soon!..:)

  244. Tracy January 24, 2013 at 8:44 am - Reply

    Stunning! I’m afraid to go skiing in broad daylight, so this it’s amazing that you could do this by moonlight, and capture all it’s beauty for a wuss like me 🙂

  245. reg45 January 24, 2013 at 8:46 am - Reply

    Awesome photography Patrick! Thank you for following my blog. The complete first volume of my poetry is available on Amazon and Kindle Trust the Winds. One of your photos is, indeed, worth a thousand or more words. The colors and clarity even on the computer screen are truly beautiful!

  246. melinda! January 24, 2013 at 10:05 am - Reply

    Wow! Magical! Beautiful and inspiring images!

  247. Leo January 24, 2013 at 4:44 pm - Reply

    Beautiful photos, great definition.

  248. gasman5 January 24, 2013 at 5:44 pm - Reply

    Love this stuff. Brings back great memories of early alpine starts climbing in Rockies. Great photography too. Gotta love the 24 1.4!

  249. orlando gustilo January 24, 2013 at 6:07 pm - Reply

    Terrific images of a winter wonderland! Hope you had as much fun as the photos suggest.

  250. saucygander January 24, 2013 at 6:17 pm - Reply

    Stunning photos as usual. I’m still waiting for the full moon pun?

  251. mummyshymz January 24, 2013 at 6:18 pm - Reply

    Lovely pictures!

  252. Amy Jo Sprague January 24, 2013 at 6:47 pm - Reply

    Wow. Gorgeous photos!

  253. B Gourley January 24, 2013 at 6:51 pm - Reply

    Outstanding pics. I could have done without the bare ass though 🙂

  254. Becky January 24, 2013 at 6:53 pm - Reply

    What an awesome trip! Those pictures are stunning & beautiful! Great work!

  255. MsSopia January 24, 2013 at 7:35 pm - Reply

    Breathtaking Work!

  256. nshsbookblog January 24, 2013 at 8:29 pm - Reply

    Stunning!

  257. pippabiker January 24, 2013 at 8:32 pm - Reply

    Have Mt. biked this area and it is indeed lovely. These conditions remind me of our winters in the Wasatch Mts. in Utah. Fun stuff.

  258. eikenlaan January 25, 2013 at 1:51 am - Reply

    Beautiful walk under moonlight. Great photos:)

  259. cellblockcreations January 25, 2013 at 6:29 am - Reply

    Gorgeous!

  260. tutordoctorofwny January 25, 2013 at 9:29 am - Reply

    Love the Butt crack shot!

  261. the frogman January 25, 2013 at 10:34 am - Reply

    Absolutely gorgeous!

  262. marc gilpin January 25, 2013 at 11:30 am - Reply

    Dude! You are everywhere! Man I envy your lifestyle! Great shots and such an adventurous life.

  263. jfallen January 25, 2013 at 2:50 pm - Reply

    wow…. all I can say is awesome pics. That and I’m getting cold just looking at them ; ) Very nice.

  264. deborahsusanharris8 January 25, 2013 at 4:27 pm - Reply

    Beam me up and feed me to the angels.

    Deborah

  265. abookonthebrightside January 26, 2013 at 8:10 am - Reply

    my god these photos are beautiful! thanks for following my blog, I’ll give you a follow too – love to see more photos like this!!

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  267. alifecurated January 26, 2013 at 4:30 pm - Reply

    The snow photos are so detailed and pretty.

  268. Diana January 26, 2013 at 8:36 pm - Reply

    You hardly want another comment, but I just have to say: stunning, + breathtaking. I especially love the shadows, stars, and (human) moon. Funny you !
    Diana

  269. Joe Palmer January 27, 2013 at 9:50 am - Reply

    Your blog makes me sad that I haven’t pursued a career desirable to Canadian immigration. Sweet hiking

  270. photobycraig January 27, 2013 at 3:02 pm - Reply

    Great images! Even a full moon!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  271. wilmarbro93 January 27, 2013 at 6:23 pm - Reply

    These are amazing pictures. Very nice!

  272. gearupblog January 29, 2013 at 3:05 pm - Reply

    Wish we had seen the full moon (um, the kind hiding up in the sky above the clouds) when we went out in Glacier National Park. Great shots, and thanks for including the info on the photography and equipment.

  273. amrita2013 January 31, 2013 at 8:12 am - Reply

    Reblogged this on Brewing Wits and commented:
    Came across this blog after I found his like on my blog. A very good read by Patrick. A must go through!

  274. Margareth Osju (@Osju07) January 31, 2013 at 8:37 am - Reply

    Wow,,,,first it was the title that catch my attention. when I was to say who liked my page. As a poet I this is so poetic “Cross Country Skiing by a Full Moon” and now I am here and are amazed by those beautiful pictures. Thank you. I share your page on G+ if you don’t mind…:) Best wishes from Sweden. Margareth

  275. adambarr1106 January 31, 2013 at 9:07 am - Reply

    Magnificent.

  276. pauldickie2012 January 31, 2013 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    awesome adventure by moonlight – & great shots, too.

  277. forkinriver February 1, 2013 at 10:28 am - Reply

    You did a wonderful job of capturing moonlight in the snow. It’s so difficult to convey the beauty of these moments on film, because of lighting issues. These photos are beautiful.

  278. jhinzman February 7, 2013 at 8:31 am - Reply

    Banff is on my bucket list, and I have to say these pictures are make much more jealous than I previously was. Great work, Keep it up. =)

  279. Kevin Kutlesa July 7, 2013 at 4:29 pm - Reply

    I loved these pictures and I’m thinking about writing a short story around them, horror or mystery, using your photos as some sort of evidence, with your permission of course!

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