The View from Here: Panoramas of Change from Alberta's Fire Lookouts

The 2015 MLP field season was different than most: some repeat photography was completed, but the main focus was to visit as many staffed fire lookouts in Alberta’s southern Rocky Mountains as possible. While at these windy, exposed aeries we spoke with fire lookout observers to try and understand what it was like to live and work in these remote spaces. Their experiences helped inform the creation of large panoramas showing the “workaday” views these lookouts commanded. This gallery presents a sampling of the images created in these high places.

Mt. Baldy and Barrier Lake: MLP 2015

The view from the saddle on Barrier Mountain, Kananaskis Country, Alberta.
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Mt. Baldy and Barrier Lake: Circa 1960s

The B&W overlay is taken from the fire lookout observer’s landscape location guidebook.

Kananaskis Lakes from the Lookout: MLP 2015

The view looking west over Upper and Lower Kananaskis Lakes.
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Kananaskis Lakes: 1950's and 2015

The  B&W inset is from the fire lookout observer’s feature guidebook.
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The Ghost River: 1960's and 2015

The  B&W inset is from the fire lookout observer’s feature guidebook.
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On Carbondale Hill: MLP, 2015

Carbondale Hill overlooking the Castle River, SW Alberta.

On Carbondale Hill: 1914 and 2015

Fire is evident on the historic landscape.
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Willoughby Peak: 1913 and 2015

B&W inset images from M. P. Bridgland’s 1913 survey in the Crowsnest.
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Mary Sanseverino

Currator of the View from Here: Panoramas of Change from Alberta's Fire Lookouts

In 2015 Mary Sanseverino joined Master’s student Kristen Walsh for a season of visiting (on foot) as many of southern Alberta’s staffed fire lookout towers as possible. From these lofty lookouts Mary was able to create panoramic mountain images – the better to allow viewers to get “a feel” for the immensity of the mountain landscape. The images in this gallery represent a small portion those created as part of the 2015 field season.

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