Somewhere along the trail up to the the summit of Whistler’s Mountain in Jasper National Park, after you leave the safety of the gondola car, you may see subtle artistry brushed into the slopes.
In mid-September … when the mountain vegetation has long been dormant in prep for the winter, the oranges and yellows of autumn become almost luminous against the backdrop of blue and grey. In the fall of 2017, this colour pop became more evident because of the intensely smokey atmosphere of massive forest fires raging across 2 provinces.
I could have sat up here all day. Still. Just Breathing. And taking it all in.
Unfortunately I had no person willing to hike over to that peak to give the image a sense of scale, but the dark green dots in the golden valley are full sized pine trees. A human would have been dwarfed mightily anyway so, enjoy the colours, and if you get to Jasper National Park be sure to take the Skytram up the mountain and continue to the summit.