Mount Rundle Alpenglow

October 13, 2015


Photographer: Sally Budack
Summary Authors: Sally Budack; Stu Witmer

Mount Rundle (9,675 ft / 2,949 m) is one of the most imaged mountains in the Canadian Rockies. It's featured in cards, calendars, photographs and paintings. One of the reasons for this is shown above in a shot of Mount Rundle at sunrise. This breath-taking alpenglow lasted only about 10 minutes. The reds reflected beautifully. As the clouds rolled over, they made the mountain look like an erupting volcano. There's no volcano, however.

Mount Rundle is not just one but a string of seven peaks running 7.5 mi (12 km) from Canmore to Banff, Alberta. The limestone cliffs forming the top ridge are part of the Rundle Formation and date back to the Mississippian Subperiod about 330 million years ago. The mountain was named for Robert Rundle, a Wesleyan missionary who lived in the area in the 1840s. Photo taken September 18, 2015.

Photo Details: Camera: SONY SLT-A55V; Lens: DT 18-70mm F3.5-5.6; Focal Length: 70mm (35mm equivalent: 105mm); Aperture: ƒ/5.6; Exposure Time: 0.0080 s (1/125); ISO equiv: 250.