Viewpoints: Memories of Summer

I can hardly wait for summer when I can return to these mountains.  It's not too much longer now and I find myself growing restless with the wait.  My memories will have to do for now.

One of our favourite hikes was up to Elbow Lake.  A short but steep hike with an altitude of 2120 m.  The lake is located just north of Highwood Pass in Kananaskis, Alberta, Canada.  The hike is worth every bit of effort as the picturesque beauty upon arrival is breathtaking.  Perhaps this year I might be able to visit at sunset.  

This image was captured at the top of the Ptarmigan Cirque Hike which is a short distance from Elbow Lake.  This hike begins at 2206 m which is the highest paved point in Canada and ventures up through steep dense forest which opens up into incredible views of the valley and flowered meadows within the alpine glacial bowl.  

This next image is of the east mountain range which borders Lower Kananaskis Lake in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park at sunset.  There always seems to be a cold brisk wind blowing off this lake but the raw undeniable beauty of this place makes the chill worth it.  This is one of my favourite places to visit in Peter Lougheed Provincal Park.       

So there you have it!  A few memories of last summer.  Thank you for stopping in.  Please continue on within the Viewpoints circle.  I know you will enjoy the viewpoint of my incredibly talented friend: Nadeen Flynn.    

Viewpoints: A winter day in Banff National Park

I've been fortunate enough to have had several getaways this winter out into the mountains.  There is something about the air out there that refreshes my soul.  Myself, my daughter and a friend spent a Saturday this month out in Banff National Park near the townsite photographing the surrounding landscape.  Breakup is just beginning on the water and I found myself drawn to the texture and spots of reflection.  Here is some of what I was able to capture on that day.  

Two Jack Lake, Banff, Alberta looking east.  

Two Jack Lake, Banff, Alberta looking southwest.  

Lake Minnewanka, Banff, Alberta looking east.  The ice jams along this lake this time of year are incredible.  

Lake Minnewanka, Banff, Alberta looking north.  

Sunset was spent out at Vermillion Lakes, Banff, Alberta and although it was not spectacular the heavy storm clouds were beautiful to watch as they rolled in over Mount Rundle.  

Thank you for stopping by this month!  Please continue on in the circle as my friend Kathy as she always has a beautiful share. 

Viewpoints: A date with Mount Rundle

It’s time for my second contribution to Viewpoints a landscape blog circle with incredibly talented photographers.   This month I am able to share a little piece of the gorgeous mountains surrounding Banff, Alberta, Canada. I wish I could have spent more time there but my trip was quick this time.  My son had a hockey tournament over the weekend.  Between games I was able to go for a drive out to Lake Minnewanka and at sunset fit in a quick date with Mount Rundle out on Vermillion Lakes.  These viewpoints took some effort to get to but were well worth it!  I wasn’t able to move around as much as I’d have liked, next time I will bring crampons, but nonetheless the views are still breathtaking!

My view of frozen Lake Minnewanka.  

Sunset in full colour on Vermillion Lakes with a view of Mount Rundle. 

Sunset as it faded away.  

Blue hour.  

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Viewpoints: Kananaskis says, "Good Morning".

I’m thrilled and honoured to have been invited to join a landscape blog circle.  The circle runs each month and is titled: Viewpoints.  For my first instalment I’m sharing my viewpoint of a few of my favourite mountains in Kananaskis, Alberta, Canada. 

My family and I welcomed in the New Year with a trip out to the Nakiska Resort Area.  During the day we packed in winter activities like skiing and a little winter hiking.  The evenings were filled with skating, family games and snuggling up by the warmth of the fireplace.  Even though the trip was family focused I was able to slip away and catch a couple of sunrises.  It was cold, very cold.  My vehicle thermometer told me it was -20C without wind chill.  That’s -4F translated for my American friends.  I bundled up and headed out to an easily accessible location where I was able to stay close to the warmth of my vehicle and still take in beauty of the sunrise.  Here are a few of my captures. 

This image was captured just as blue hour was ending and the morning alpenglow began to kiss the very tip of the mountains northwest of Highway 40 at the Nakiska Resort exit.  

Meanwhile just before sunrise on the other side of the highway it was a little more foggy as I was able to get closer to the river.  

I jumped back into my vehicle pretty quickly and about twenty minutes later the morning sunrise began to fade into the day.   

The next morning was just as cold but on this day I chose to focus on Mount Kidd.  It was a clear morning and I could have done with a few clouds but the strong morning alpenglow was still captivating along with that little slice of lingering moon.  

Well that's all for now.  A piece of my heart lives amoung these mountains and I look forward to going back, very soon.  

Thanks for stopping in!  Please continue the circle for more beautiful landscapes by visiting my talented friend Addie Sheahin.