About the Photograph
After arriving in Banff on the previous day and being able to take only a few pictures of Moraine Lake that afternoon, I made a plan that did not entirely meet with Lisa’s approval. I wanted to greet the sunrise at a lake 90 km away. I spent all evening deliberating whether or not to go ahead – but since this was going to be our only opportunity, we were up by 4 am the next morning. The clear and starry skies proved to be deceptive: an hour and a half later, as we arrived at Moraine Lake, it was raining buckets. There seemed to be no end to the rain, and we decided to make our way back to the hotel.Shortly before we arrived at the hotel, the sun came out, prompting us to stop briefly to enjoy the view of the Rocky Mountains. We had been hiking a short distance when Lisa suddenly spotted two Wapitis emerge from the forest. The two stags walked into the Bow River and started fighting! I could barely believe my eyes, two Wapiti stags engaged in combat in the middle of the river, with the Rocky Mountains behind them. I could not have dreamed of ever beholding such a spectacle.When I did take the photograph, I was determined to capture the entire scene. The sparring stags alone would have been phenomenal, but the Rocky Mountains in the background made the scene absolutely unique.I had witnessed and photographed beautiful occasions before, but this was by far the most stunning experience. We could hear the crashing sounds as the Wapitis’ antlers collided. The spectacle lasted a mere five minutes, and the two stags disappeared from view as quickly as they had appeared. Both of us had a big smile on our face as we headed for breakfast. The rain at sunrise was long forgotten, and in fact, it had granted us this amazing experience. Sure, we would not have known what we had missed, but in the end, everything was just right.