Above the Treeline by Sean Du

Issue 107

Among the many types of landscapes that I have explored, I find mountains to be the subject with which I can best express the sense of reverence that nature has inspired in me, and hiking above the treeline, into the alpine environment of tundra, snow, ice and rock, is how I get to know the mountains.

The mountains as nature's greatest sculptures their testimonies of its power are all the more evident the higher one goes. Here the making of the mountains becomes perceivable through the tilt and fold of the rocks and the remanence of valley-carving glaciers, while jewel-like tarns, varying colors of tundra, patches or blankets of snow decorate the work of art. Oftentimes the absence of trails above treeline necessitates navigation and route selection, which contributes greatly to ones awareness of the environment, while occasional exposure to drop-off heightens the mountain experience. What I am seeking here is a transformative quality of the mountains nowhere else to be found.

On or off trail, the result of years of picture making in various parts of the U.S. and Canada, "Above the Treeline" is a personal perspective in which the series introduces the viewer to the unseen beauty and character of the mountains.

Sean Du lives and works in Pasadena, California.
To view more of Sean's work, please visit his website.

 Mount Kidd, Kananaskis Country, Alberta

Mount Kidd, Kananaskis Country, Alberta

 
 Mount Evans, Front Range, Colorado

Mount Evans, Front Range, Colorado

 
 Stony Pass, San Juan Mountains, Colorado

Stony Pass, San Juan Mountains, Colorado

 
 Alpine Tarn below Handies Peak, San Juan Mountains, Colorado

Alpine Tarn below Handies Peak, San Juan Mountains, Colorado

 
 Cathedral Lake, Elk Mountains, Colorado

Cathedral Lake, Elk Mountains, Colorado

 
 Mount Thompson and Bow Glacier, Banff National Park, Alberta

Mount Thompson and Bow Glacier, Banff National Park, Alberta

 
 Saint Nicholas Peak and Wapta Icefield, Banff National Park, Alberta

Saint Nicholas Peak and Wapta Icefield, Banff National Park, Alberta

 
 Sunwapta Peak Summit View, Jasper National Park, Alberta

Sunwapta Peak Summit View, Jasper National Park, Alberta

 
 Ridge Connecting Gap Peak to Mount Fable, Kananaskis Country, Alberta

Ridge Connecting Gap Peak to Mount Fable, Kananaskis Country, Alberta

 
 Tangle Ridge, Jasper National Park, Alberta

Tangle Ridge, Jasper National Park, Alberta

 
 Sunwapta Peak Summit View at Twilight, Jasper National Park, Alberta

Sunwapta Peak Summit View at Twilight, Jasper National Park, Alberta

 
 North Tower of Mount Saskatchewan, Banff National Park, Alberta

North Tower of Mount Saskatchewan, Banff National Park, Alberta

 
 Glacial Lake below Mount Jimmy Simpson, Banff National Park, Alberta

Glacial Lake below Mount Jimmy Simpson, Banff National Park, Alberta

 
 Mount Sparrowhawk Summit View, Kananaskis Country, Alberta

Mount Sparrowhawk Summit View, Kananaskis Country, Alberta

 
 Haddo Peak, Banff National Park, Alberta

Haddo Peak, Banff National Park, Alberta

 
 Wind Mountain, Kananaskis Country, Alberta

Wind Mountain, Kananaskis Country, Alberta

 
 Mount Galatea, Kananaskis Country, Alberta

Mount Galatea, Kananaskis Country, Alberta

 
 Sawback Range, Banff National Park, Alberta

Sawback Range, Banff National Park, Alberta

 
 Little Galatea, Kananaskis Country, Alberta

Little Galatea, Kananaskis Country, Alberta

 
 Grizzly Peak, Front Range, Colorado

Grizzly Peak, Front Range, Colorado