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Banff National Park Landscape Photography and the Ides of March

Banff National Park Landscape Photography – do the Ides of March effect it? In Shakespeare’s Julius Ceasar, a fortune teller warns him “Beware the Ides of March”, but that warning doesn’t apply to Landscape photography in Banff National Park. Banff in March is full of opportunities to sightsee, ski, skate, and, of course, do mountain landscape photography! The month of March yields changeable weather patterns and these patterns provide endless opportunities for landscape photography in Banff and the Canadian Rockies.

Mountain landscape photography and Banff National Park in Alberta Canada are a perfect match to get out and capture the Banff National Park landscape with your photography. It is one of my more favored times to get images of Banff and the Canadian Rocky Mountains. It is a good challenge as well as the opportunity to make black-and-white pictures of Canada, and the World Heritage location known as Banff National. Banff National Park is BIG – 2564 sq Miles! ( 96% is pure wilderness ) and is made up of four Parks joined together. ( Banff, Jasper, Yoho, and Kootenay Parks )

“Untouched Trail” – looks so inviting.

You can find the featured shot ( “Ides of March & Full Moon over the Fairholmes ”   )  for this blog post in my Banff Art Store, which is my website dedicated to Banff National Park Landscape photography. Banff Lake Louise photos in March are a treat to go out and capture and challenge your creativity. In the Canadian Rockies, Mountain Landscape Photography in March means you must be prepared for all kinds of weather and conditions! You can be sure of one thing – that there will be snow! The mild conditions paired with plenty of winter scenery make it a popular month to visit Banff, particularly during spring break. Despite the warmer weather, March often sees Banff’s biggest snowfall of the year, making this month a fantastic time to ski and snowboard. That snow makes for opportunities to get out and capture the Banff National Park Landscape ( all 2564 sq. miles ) and make some “Canadian Rockies Art.”!

Sunrise and Polar Vortex


Images of Banff and Canada are most frequently shown from the Summer season. ”  July is usually the busiest month of the year, so rates can be higher than other months. But it’s also the perfect time to go canoeing, hiking, and get some fabulous pictures of your surroundings. Photo: Warm weather in July is perfect for driving the Icefields Parkway and taking in the views.”  But as a Canadian Fine Art Photographer, I enjoy the challenge and rewards of shooting through the winter and March is one of the best times to capture Banff and Lake Louise photos for my gallery of images on www.gitaphotos.com. I hope you will browse some of my mountain landscape photography.


Getting around and to your location can require some extra effort. Nevertheless, there are many miles of road you can travel to see the winter landscape and get some stunning views and chances for a great souvenir shot. If you miss them just check my website 🙂 !

Don’t listen to the fortune teller from Shakespeares’ play, and don’t ” Beware of the Ides of March” as they are simply a wonderful time to come to Banff National Park and try some Landscape Photography. If the cold and snow put you off, I will still be out there capturing the beauty that this place provides for any and all,  at any and all – times of the year! Well maybe there is one “Beware” and that is to be aware you are in bear country. The “Boss” a beloved and famous, very large Grizzly male is up and moving around Banff! So in March, when you come be aware there can be bears out and that is the Ides of March you need be concerned with!

Published by Ron Hallam

Gita Photos is a Landscape Photography Studio based in Banff, Alberta and Banff National Park a World Heritage Site. Hi, my name is Ron Hallam. I am truly blessed to be able to live in and work in this stunning location; Banff, Alberta. I closed in and renovated the deck of my condo to be an editing studio. The studio is paneled in Alberta cedar. The main part of the ‘studio’, though, is the Banff National Park and the Canadian Rockies! My work invloves hiking through the Park to find locations where the natural wonders of the Rockies are illuminated by the natural light of the moment. As one client testimonial put it, I want to offer you “ an instant escape to someplace magical” ( Jane Fedosoff, Toronto, Ontario) Another client commented “Ron's photographs are not just beautiful images of the Canadian Rockies. They are Ron himself – his life experiences, his love for this place and his eye for detail- that show a depth and unique understanding of this special place we are lucky to call home.” (Phil Monod, Banff Alberta) I’m in the second half of my life. I spent the first half running a ski shop and skiing and hiking in and around Banff National Park. I tinkered with photography for a long time - first with disposable cameras in the 70's. Needless to say the disposable left everything to be desired and I walked away wanting more, much more. Then, for one special hiking trip to Nepal, I purchased a proper SLR camera. The SLR provided better images, but I still needed time to learn and study and work at the craft of image making and film processing. Meanwhile, the time commitment necessary to run a shop (and my shop was a passion) meant work gave me limited spare time. That translated into playing when I could, took precedence over study of camera, technique and processing. So, upon retiring - for my second half, I wanted to stretch and work my “creative muscles”. I got down to focused and dedicated photographic endeavor. That started with a new DSLR. Then I began to study image making seriously. I learned about the digital way of image capture and developing (editing). The Rockies Landscape is so grand that larger Panorama shots are a favorite for me to create while, but as you can see from my work, everything in this magnificent place draws me to capture images of all kinds of landscapes. I like to work in both Color and Black and White and would love to hear which you prefer as your format of choice, and why. Every time I make an image, it is the direct result of letting the “something” inside me come up to the surface, and compel me to record that moment of what I’m seeing and feeling. I want to engage you to see the Rockies, and feel the Rockies exactly the way I do. I want to try to have you try to understand and engage with my perspective, and point you to the exquisite, intricate and profoundly intelligent designer - the God who created this natural world. Then, if you are awed by creation but also perturbed by economic disparities in the world, I hope you will browse the Art Battling Poverty Gallery dedicated to Poverty Relief and assistance for the marginalized. While you and I enjoy the beauty of the Rockies, many are struggling simply to survive. When you purchase my Art from the Art Battling Poverty Gallery (or indeed any image purchase) just tell me to donate to either of the NGO's I work with, at time of checkout. A portion of each sale, 15% – read the ABOUT Art Battling Poverty Tab) will be donated to in your name. Have a browse and find “ A special moment in the Rockies, captured in a print forever”. And when you purchase you won't only have a special print, but you will also be giving Hope to the marginalized.