Postcards from our May 2017 issue
ALBERTA, CANADA: Pond memories:
It was a beautiful autumn day in the Canadian Rocky Mountains and my family and I decided to cycle in Kananaskis Country, Alberta. The snow-capped mountains were a sight to behold! We stopped for a picnic at Forgetmenot Pond and I was inspired to take this picture of the sparkling blue water, mirroring a perfect reflection of the mountains. The air was cool and crisp, the leaves were golden – it was so peaceful and serene. Towards the end of our ride, we saw the sun melting away behind the mountains in a glorious, fire-red autumn sunset.
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Held each November at the time of the full moon, the Pushkar Camel Fair is a spectacle on an epic scale, with tribesmen selling tens of thousands of camels, cattle and horses from all over the country over a period of 14 days. Here, in what is just a stretch of desert, a city appears for two weeks with a giant carnival, games, food stands and all kinds of camps for the animals. One night, as I was walking back from the fair to my tented hotel, I came across this pop-up barbershop. I was drawn to the scene because of the vibrant, contrasting colours. I walked over and quickly took just this one shot. It is one of my favourites of the festival.
Photographer: READER: Laura Grier