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A view along the Coquihalla Highway (Highway 5) near the Merrit area in British Columbia, Canada. Taken from the car while driving, (my husband was driving!).

After not being active for a while (due to lots of work & a week of holidays) I am back to share some photos with all of you.


About this photo: I returned from the Shuswap area in British Columbia, Canada last week. We spent about a week in a cabin at Mara Lake which was wonderful. The photo above was taking during our trip to Mara Lake along the Coquihalla Highway. The clouds were so beautiful and I just had to take a photo of it. I took the photo while the car was in motion (my husband was driving).

~Camera Settings:
*Camera Model: Sony Alpha DSLR A200
*Focal Length: 26mm
*F-Number: F/13
*Exposure Time: 1/60 sec.
*ISO Speed: ISO-100
*Exposure Program: Aperture Priority (A)
*Exposure Compensation (E/V): -0.3 step

I used a circular polarizer and I added some contrast and saturation in Photoshop to this photo to bring out the colours a little more.

Thank you for dropping by and I hope you like this photo!
Ann :)


Some information on the Coquihalla Highway: The Coquihalla Highway (Highway 5) travels from Hope north to Kamloops via Merritt. The Coquihalla Highway climbs through the Great Bear Snow Shed, crests the summit of Coquihalla Pass (elevation 1240m/4,068 ft), then crosses the top of the Thompson Plateau, with side roads leading off into rolling countryside speckled with fishing lakes. The Coquihalla Highway was the only toll road in BC, until the toll was eliminated in 2008 after recovery of the construction cost of the Hope-to-Merritt section. Avalanche chutes scar the mountainsides and are a visible reminder of the steep terrain that surrounds the highway. Avalanche guns mounted on platforms beside the highway battle the elements to keep the highway open in winter.

Travelling northbound from Hope, Highway 5 follows the Coquihalla River until near the summit of the Coquihalla Pass, then follows the Coldwater River to Merritt. The route is particularly scenic in the early fall, when rolling fields and forest foliage take on a golden glow. The surrounding Merritt Forest District supports stands of Engelmann spruce, lodgepole pine, and subalpine fir at higher elevations; Douglas fir and ponderosa pine are found on the lower benchlands. Extensive grasslands also occur at low-elevation areas, particularly toward Merritt. Moose, mule deer, bears, and grouse are the main wildlife species here, while small numbers of elk and mountain goats find refuge in the south.

Much of the Coquihalla Highway is built upon the original rail bed of the Kettle Valley Railway. Travelling at modern highway speeds it is difficult to imagine the formidable task of constructing a rail route through this rugged section of BC. On September 26, 2008, the provincial government lifted the Coquihalla tolls permanently, effective 1:00 pm that day. The toll station and signs have since been dismantled.

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