Valhallas Sunrise

Stunning images at the Nelson library

The work of photographer Douglas Noblet is featured until the end of August.

Photographer Douglas Noblet spotted the elk last summer in Jasper Park. He was lying down, massive head arced gracefully, antlers illuminated in early morning sun. A few days later, in the nearby Tonquin Valley, he caught the setting sun on Thunderbolt Peak. These are two of the stunning images by Noblet that are on display at the Nelson Public Library until the end of August.

Noblet (pictured at left) was born in France and moved to Canada as a child, eventually settling in Nelson. Home schooled in his youth, he had the freedom to explore the wilderness and develop a range of skills including back country skiing, mountaineering, and both powered and non-powered paragliding.

He got his fixed wing pilot’s license at age 18 and combined this with his other great love, photography. He’s willing to go the extra mile for the perfect shot. Describing the photograph Valhallas Sunrise, he says:

“It’s 4:50 a.m., and the alarm goes off. I can’t see the stars, which is not a good sign, but in the darkness I still get the little airplane ready. We take off and fly towards the opening in the clouds. As we poke through, a beautiful clear sky reveals itself. We head west towards Valhalla Park. Just as we arrive over the Mulvey Basin, the sun finally pokes over the horizon, illuminating the landscape in a bright, pinkish glow. It is stunning, and the air is completely calm. It only lasts a few minutes, but all our efforts are worth it just for this moment.”

Noblet works as a professional ski patroller and volunteer search and rescue team member in addition to his ongoing quest for the next stunning image. He produces calendars, prints, and stretched canvases, with many of his images available at wildairphoto.com.

Just Posted

B.C. Interior free from measles

Vancouver measles outbreak hasn’t spread to the B.C. Interior

Man injured in police shooting near Nelson has died

The death follows an incident in Bonnington on Feb. 13

Lemon Creek fuel truck driver gets $20,000 fine

Danny LaSante was sentenced in Nelson court today

LVR presents tense jury room drama

12 Angry Jurors runs Feb. 28 to March 3 in a unique venue, directed by Robyn Sheppard

Students give two thumbs up to no more B.C. student loan interest

Eliminating the loan interest charges could save the average graduate $2,300 over 10 years

Ontario man accused of killing 11-year-old daughter dies in hospital, police say

Roopesh Rajkumar had been hospitalized with what police described as a self-inflicted gunshot wound

Manitoba ‘pauses’ link with ex-B.C. premier Gordon Campbell after allegations

Campbell had been hired to review two major hydro projects

Heritage minute features Japanese-Canadian baseball team, internment

The Vancouver Asahi baseball team won various championships across the Pacific Northwest

UPDATE: Woman, off-duty cop in critical condition after stabbing outside B.C. elementary school

The officer was interceding in an alleged assault when he and the woman were stabbed

$10-a-day child care not in 2019 budget, but advocate not irked

Sharon Gregson with the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of B.C. says NDP on track to deliver promise

B.C. Seniors Advocate questions labour shortage in care homes

Are there really no workers, or are care aide wages too low?

B.C. business groups worry about looming economic decline in wake of NDP budget

The party’s second government budget focused on plenty of spending, business advocates say

Missing Surrey snowshoer caught in avalanche found dead on Vancouver mountain

North Shore Rescue resumed its search today after efforts were temporarily halted Tuesday due to snowstorm

Most Read