While on assignment recently in northern Alberta, one of the main attractions along Highway 63 is the Syncrude Fort McMurray refinery. Actually, looking at the map, it’s labeled as the Syncrude Mildred Lake site. During the drive south to Fort McMurray, I approached the site during the final stages of a beautiful sunset.
I couldn’t pass the dramatic view of the facility at night. The sodium vapor lights were outlining the structures and processors. So, as is my nature, I pulled onto the shoulder of the dark road, grabbed my tripod, and took a dozen quick exposures.
With tight security at these facilities, I was hoping that I didn’t attract any attention. I wasn’t interested in explaining myself to the guards … and losing the remaining dramatic light that was fading quickly.
As I continued to drive, the road curved around what I believe is Mildred Lake. Again, the scene was spectacular. Although this was my third visit to the area over the past six or so years, it was the first time I’d been on the road during sunset. One never knows when or if I’ll be there again. So, I stopped again for a few more shots.