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Gary Hebert | all galleries >> Published Works > Chinook Arch Sunset
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Chinook Arch Sunset
© 2003 © Gary Hebert

Chinook Arch Sunset

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Calgary has somewhat unique weather. It is one of the few regions in the world known for foehn or chinook winds. These are warm, dry winds that are formed when moist air passing over a mountain range loses its moisture and descends down the lee side of the range.

A chinook arch is a cloud formation, where to the west there are almost no visible clouds, to the east of the arch, the clouds are so dense and so strangely textured. They almost look like liquid cotton.

Another interesting thing about the arches are their sheer size. They stretch from north to south pretty much as far as you can see. If you have ever been to Southern Alberta (think pool table flat), that is a long ways indeed.

Anyway, this is taken at sunset, and does show a very small portion of a very interesting phenomenon.

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lindarohner 04-Dec-2011 04:31
Beautifully done, Gary--the tree in the foreground so dark against the brilliant orange and blue. Congratulations--the most stunning photo I've seen. BTW, there is no such word as "anyways". It's "anyway". And you want to use the singular form of the plural phenomena---phenomenon. Again, well done--you're truly a magnificent photographer and artist!
joe buckley 07-Jul-2011 21:40
awesome-we live in Chicago, but as a young teen I lived in Alberta(Brooks), I can recall the most beautiful sunsets ever and the northern lights were unforgettable. Alberta and the Rockies is the beautiful place in the world.
Rick Bricker24-Feb-2009 06:40
Fantastic shot....the silhouette against the firey orange sky works beautifully.
Barbara Heide05-Aug-2008 00:32
gorgeous scene... v
Barbara Heide05-Aug-2008 00:31
gorgeous scene... v
Bryan Murahashi02-Aug-2008 05:08
Great colors and silhoutte in this dramatic sunset scene. V
john savage12-Jul-2008 14:15
Awesome image, beautiful and very interesting. V
Keith Rankin31-Dec-2007 02:37
Stunning Gary! ~V
Bryan Ramsay29-May-2007 00:47
This is a gorgeous sunset the tree is really nice! -BJ
Eric Herbelin27-Mar-2007 15:35
Tracy Howell16-Apr-2006 16:10
Nature forms some very beautifull things, WOW what fantastic colours.
Derek Daniel26-Mar-2006 11:44
Quite Amazing!
Natasha C09-Feb-2006 10:42
I have never seen that. Incredible and superb.
Guest 22-Dec-2005 01:50
I'm from Calgary too and I have taken lots of cool pictures like yours here. To see my pics go to I have a few posted there.
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QUERIDO10-Nov-2005 17:12
EDITH RB09-Nov-2005 18:41
Oh wooow! this is awesome and beautiful photo. The silhoutte of the tree with orange background and the subdued blue are so fantastic!
Ken Seal13-Oct-2005 09:37
Oh and forgot to mention the most important thing.....LOVE YOUR WORK!!!
Ken Seal13-Oct-2005 09:36
Hi Gary...I am a fellow pbase user and wondered how get the number of views displayed on your images? Did you modify a theme or is it one of the ones they offer? Thanks for any help. Email me at or check out my pbase site at
markkeller12-Oct-2005 23:49
Guest 06-Oct-2005 22:58
WOW! this is as beautiful as an aurora borealis and I thought that was the most beautiful phenomenon in the world. K
Utsav 09-Aug-2005 21:51
wow so very spectacular.. One surely can save on graduated filters if one lives in the area!!
this one has a nice mood ... silhouette and colours so nicely composed.. Very nice
Guest 10-Jul-2005 22:21
Heaven! - This is a passionate poem!
Tommy Junger23-Feb-2005 21:55
Very nice, like painting
Diane Wu12-Feb-2005 00:25
Wonderful image¡ã :)
Guest 28-Jan-2005 19:21
Guest 09-Jan-2005 21:44
great silhouette and outstanding colours, I love it!
Jeffery Stahlman24-Dec-2004 21:28
absoutely beautiful. well done.
Pedro Libório10-Dec-2004 00:30
absolutly fantastic!!!
Peter Hollinger23-Nov-2004 17:59
Very interesting -- thanks for the explanation.
vkching15-Nov-2004 13:19
Wow~ Is it real? I can't believe it!
Guest 15-Oct-2004 07:01
Wow!..what a shot!
I'm withoout words...
Carmen14-Oct-2004 15:47
Lovely and unique -- I love the texture that I can see; the sky looks like it's lowering down on the earth.
Brian Klimowski01-Oct-2004 05:16
Stunning photograph, Gary...well done!
James Creighton 30-Sep-2004 08:51
Incredible shot and gallery with your UZI. I love mine and got some great shots of the Olympics and Paralympics in Athens.
Greetings from Greece from a fellow Canadian
Bernard Tse23-Sep-2004 00:59
That's an extraordinarily beautiful backdrop.
SP Merrill22-Sep-2004 01:06
Wow, I never see anything this unusual, such great colors!
Guest 20-Sep-2004 00:42
Wow, very surreal looking.
René Gysi19-Sep-2004 22:08
Wow..great picture. Wonderful colours. Good composed.
Guest 19-Sep-2004 20:07
très impressionnant ce nuage au coucher de soleil - bravo
very impressing this cloud under the sun - cheers
George T19-Sep-2004 17:47
Great silhouette,almost like you poured orange paint in the background.
Argishti Khachik19-Sep-2004 17:00
wow, breathtaking! never seen something like this in my life!
thanks for sharing.
kmahbub19-Sep-2004 16:17
Interesting picture, and beautiful sky!
Ed Knepley19-Sep-2004 15:52
Awesome sight. Nice composition.
Bill Miller19-Sep-2004 15:21
Wow ! Nothing else to say. Bill.
Blair Hawco19-Sep-2004 15:08
Gorgeous capture.
Michael Cempa19-Sep-2004 14:49
Stunning capture! That's a great looking sky, and you found a great subject for silhouette.
Guest 19-Sep-2004 14:14
Gayle P. Clement19-Sep-2004 14:12
What an incredibly beautiful photo. One would think that a solid blue or solid orange cloud background would be best for this silhouette but this is just awesome.
Niall O'Shea19-Sep-2004 14:06
Fascinating. Looks almost too contrived to be natural but it is.
Erich Mangl19-Sep-2004 13:59
very pretty
Hubert Steed19-Sep-2004 13:55
Lovely photograph! We nearly had a Chinook arch in the NYC/NJ skyline last evening at . That magnificent tree really makes your photo very interesting - providing a complex structure in a smoothly textured and glorious colorful background.
Herb Knufken19-Sep-2004 13:33
Great sunset
Guest 19-Sep-2004 13:02
This is beautiful! The entire sky must have been incredible!
Larry Ahern19-Sep-2004 12:30
Rick Lewis19-Sep-2004 12:18
Beautiful color and very good exposure.
Howard Gebeaux19-Sep-2004 10:41
Your choice of including the tree in the foreground is right on! Very nice.
Lori Rolfe19-Sep-2004 10:24
fascinating! I never knew about Chinook Arches.... This image is gorgeous!
Selvin Chance19-Sep-2004 07:41
This is a magnificent image. Superb job and thanks for the lesson on "chinook."
Aloha and best wishes.