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Crowfoot Glacier seen from and in Bow Lake

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On September 4th we headed north up the Icefields Parkway, often considered one of the most scenic drives in the world. It is. The first place along the route where we spent significant time was Bow Lake, shown here with the Crowfoot Glacier reflected in it.

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

October 9, 2017 at 5:01 AM

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  1. With those views, I can really imagine that this is considered the most scenic drive in the world by some. Fantastic picture [composition].
    Have a great week,


    October 9, 2017 at 7:35 AM

    • It’s one great view after another for 144 miles. You’ll have to extend the list of states in which you’ve ridden your bike at least 10 miles to include Canadian provinces. If you go to the Canadian Rockies you can check off Alberta and British Columbia on the same visit.

      You’ll see Bow Lake in a different way next time.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 9, 2017 at 8:10 AM

      • Well, Canada would be a great addition, but I think we’ll be hard put to get the US states on that list. There are so many other places outside the US to visit, too.


        October 9, 2017 at 8:30 AM

  2. A perfect picture of the place, Steve!


    October 9, 2017 at 8:04 AM

  3. Here’s another very elegant photo from you.


    October 9, 2017 at 8:34 AM

  4. An excellent drive. Something good to see around the next curve, over the next hill.

    Jim R

    October 9, 2017 at 10:36 AM

    • Definitely excellent. If only there hadn’t been so many other people around the next curve, over the next hill, and at every scenic stop.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 9, 2017 at 11:39 AM

  5. Very beautiful – one for a frame!!!


    October 9, 2017 at 6:14 PM

    • In our house I recently put up some of my nature pictures. They’re printed on metal and have no frame.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 9, 2017 at 6:58 PM

  6. […] came to mind when I looked at some of the abstract photographs I’d been inspired to take of Bow Lake in Alberta’s Banff National Park on September […]

  7. Wow, Steve! Another favorite for me from this series. “Sweep” was the word that popped into my head… looks like Mother Nature got her broom out!


    October 10, 2017 at 1:34 PM

    • That’s a good way to put it: the mountain does seem to have been piled up in a bold sweep. I’m glad to hear you got swept up in this picture.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 10, 2017 at 2:05 PM

  8. Bow Lake seems especially appropriate, since the sweep of the mountain in front of the glacier and its reflection in the water resemble an unusually graceful arrowhead.


    October 10, 2017 at 9:42 PM

    • Your comments, always to the point, are especially apt in the metaphor you’ve put forth here.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 10, 2017 at 9:47 PM

  9. A very beautiful place, Steve! I love the composition of that photo with the reflection.

    Lavinia Ross

    October 12, 2017 at 9:58 AM

    • Reflections turned out to be an important part of this trip. I did a lot with them at Bow Lake and then at other places, particularly some ponds on the eastern side of Jasper National Park late on the same day and for the next two days. A couple of those later reflection pictures will eventually appear here.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 12, 2017 at 3:45 PM

  10. Vast and beautiful .. it could be a painting 🙂


    October 13, 2017 at 1:48 PM

  11. Looks like a beautiful place as well, Steve. ✋


    December 1, 2017 at 12:33 PM

  12. […] 4th last year we drove up it and on September 6th we came back down. You’ve already seen a conventional view and two abstract views of Bow Lake from the northbound trip. Now add a couple of looks at the lake […]

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