Editors Note: we all photograph for our own reasons and one of the most common reasons for photographers is that drive to explore and discover and capture with the camera. That process of wandering with the camera in search of meaningful compositions is a powerful driving force. Some day’s it all comes together and other days it does not, but one thing is certain for each and every one of us: it’s the Magic of Discovery that is our primary driving force. It’s that scene before the camera where you know immediately that you have captured something special, something magical, something that is possibly a first. It may not be the worlds top selling stock photo, it is the creation of the image that is magical for you, the creator. Beyond that, nothing matters because we, as photographers, must find personal reward in the work we do so we can continue to look and discover the magic out there.We will be running a series from time to time featuring the Magic of Discovery from a variety of photographers.
For a few weeks during 2010 my family escaped the Australian winter and headed to the US and Canada for a six week road trip. We wanted to discover as much magic as we could throughout some of the national parks of North America. While driving north on the beautiful Icefields Parkway between Banff and Jasper we stopped at many of the pullouts hoping to discover as much as we could of the beauty the area is known for. It has to be one of the most magnificent roads to travel in the world and holds a very different beauty from what we are used to in Australia.