Milk River Sunset, Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada

Photograph by Mike Isaak


While at Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park in Alberta, I found a road that lead to a viewpoint overlooking the Milk River Valley. I vowed to return here at sunset because I loved the panoramic view. I snapped a few compositions for references at sunset and went on exploring the area. I walked around the hoodoo trail to see the impressive rock formations and old native carvings on the sandstone walls, and then drove around the area after talking to a park ranger for a while. He had stopped me after I let my dog Roxy out of the car to drink some water to remind me about keeping my dog on a leash at all times.

I put her leash back on and we discussed photography, the Alberta south, and farmyards around the area. He gave me directions to a few abandoned vehicles as well. I went on my way, trying to find everything he had described. There are so many things to shoot in the area, so I saved them all to my phone’s Google Maps. I then headed back to the lookout point I had scouted before, and just waited for the light. I admit I was a little worried because there was not a cloud in sight, but I think that worked to my advantage because I was shooting with the sun behind me.

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