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'The Light in the Dark' - East Kooteny, BC | by Gavin Hardcastle - Fototripper
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'The Light in the Dark' - East Kooteny, BC

There are places on this Earth that look like they were plucked straight out of a kids fairy tale story.


This ice cave in the East Kootenays of British Columbia is one of those magical places.


Reaching this cave involved a 2 hour hike through deep snow while carefully avoiding the treacherous snow shelf along the cliff edge to the canyon.


This was my second visit to the cave during the depths of that long winter and I decided to bring Brent along for the journey.


To say that he was blown away would be an understatement.


After about an hour of creating test shots I decided I wanted that human element in my image to provide more of a story as well as some much needed scale.


Brents bright orange jacket provided that pleasing warmth among so much coldness.


I had to shoot a long exposure while Brent carefully exhaled so that his breath caught in the light of his headlamp.


The entire scene reminded me of sci-fi movie 'The Thing' from 1982 which has always been one of my favourite films.


After a brilliant shoot we hiked back out of the canyon and all I could think about was the other half of my Subway sandwich patiently waiting for me in the car.


You can imagine my crushing disappointment when finally we arrived at the car starving and exhausted only to discover a rock hard frozen sub covered in ice crystals.


I'm not ashamed to admit that I ate it anyway.


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Gavin Hardcastle - Fototripper

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Uploaded on March 28, 2018