As many of you know, I am in love with mountains, and have been since I was little. It really doesn't matter what type of mountain, there is just something about them. So many of my pictures are of mountains, but what is about them? Something so grand, so mysterious, so quiet - they're like nothing else in our earth. It's more than their scenic quality (though that's what first attracts one to them) - it's that they represent something out there that is not quite achievable - that they're bigger, more majestic, more ancient than anything.
On our last full day in Canada, we left our wonderful cabin on the Athabasca river, and headed toward the magnificent Columbia Ice Fields, where we could actually go up onto the glacier (and drink the glacial water), and the sights were really spectacular. But what I remember most fondly were our little walks in the woods, by ourselves - so peaceful, so green and so powerful. What a beautiful experience it all was.
It was almost time to say farewell to our tour group to the Canadian Rockies. For this set, I've just chosen a few of the shots that symbolized the upcoming fall weather, and our need to go back home, with fond memories of our trip. Next post, I'll go into more depth about the features, but for now, just enjoy the scenery.
Our trip from Maligne Canyon then took us toward Maligne Lake. On the way we passed by a lake, which all but vanishes durning the warm summer, not because of evaporation or run-off into a river (there are none), but from underground waterways. As you can see by the surrounding mountains, they are made not of granite, but of a much softer limestone, which leads to the dramatic deep gorge of the canyon. Then it was up to Maligne Lake, which is just a marvelous, and peaceful place to hang out, and is surrounded by wonderful and abundant wildlife. Then it was back to the Athabasca River cabins, where we encountered this water-loving Golden Retriever, who was just entranced by squirrels. Ah, it was a most peaceful day.