Monday, October 28, 2013

First Day at Banff National Park

Panorama of Herbert Lake
First, a little information about Banff National Park from Wikipedia: "Banff National Park  is Canada's oldest national park, established in 1885 in the Rocky Mountains. The park, located 110–180 km (68–110 mi) west of Calgary in the province of Alberta, encompasses 6,641 km2 (2,564 sq mi)[3] of mountainous terrain, with numerous glaciers and ice fields, dense coniferous forest, and alpine landscapes. The Icefields Parkway extends from Lake Louise, connecting to Jasper National Park in the north."

Our first day started early, since we needed to drive to Herbert Lake located on the
Icefields Parkway to arrive before dawn.  Herbert Lake is wonderful to photograph early in the morning, since the Lake is usually very smooth and has great reflections.

Colors in the Clouds at Herbert Lake Prior to the Mountains Being Hit by the Sun's Rays

Notice the Change of Color after the Sun Starts Lighting up the Mountain Tops

After we photographed Herbert Lake, we went back down to Lake Louise to photograph its beauty.  We were unable to photograph Moraine Lake because the road was closed secondary to snowfall.  We had breakfast at the Ch√Ęteau Lake Louise and then started to travel up to Peyto Lake, but it had become very cloudy and you needed sun in order to get the best photographs at Peyto Lake.

Lake Louise

Lake Louise

Our convoy returned to our hotel in Banff fall lunch and an afternoon rest.  Later in the afternoon we went down to Vermillion Lake the photograph the sunset. 

Vermillion Lake with Reflections

Sunset Hitting the Mountain Tops at Vermillion Lake

Thanks to Greg and E.J.for a long, but enjoyable day.