I was fortunate enough to live with my family for seven years in Edmonton, Alberta. During that time, we often ventured out of the plains to the great Canadian Rocky Mountains, vacationing in both the Jasper and Banff areas.
Banff National Park is simply an outdoor photographer's dream come true and then some! It is the oldest national park in Canada, and contains numerous glaciers and ice fields, dense coniferous forests and alpine landscapes and lakes in a huge area which encompasses multiple national and provincial parks.
These are my images from Banff townsite, including the stunning architectural gem, the Banff Springs Hotel. The outdoor shots also include three local lakes (Vermillions, Minnewanka, Two Jack), the Bow River and the magnificent Johnston Canyon. Mount Norquay and Mount Rundle also feature prominently in the area. I've played around with some blending and HDR composite images, and then used various Lightroom and Google Nik Programs for my processing. Photos from the Lake Louise area are listed below these images.
Lake Louise and Lake Moraine, Alberta
Lake Louise, which lies below the mammoth Victoria Glacier, is one of the most accessible and beautiful alpine lakes in Banff National Park. The tiny hamlet of Lake Louise is nearby, and the whole area is historically known for its Canadian mountaineering. The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise sits on the shore of the lake, and offers stunning views of the area and a fabulous high tea! Looking for the ephemeral sunrise pink on the glacier snow is a standard photographer's outing in the area, and I was no exception. I had not seen the lake since I was about 14, and how good it was to be back! I do think there is somewhat less snow on the glacier, but I sure enjoyed the images I was able to take that day. Lake Moraine is also in the area, though less well know and a much more intimate landscape. We headed out there after our initial sunrise photos at Lake Louise. Enjoy!