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Banff National Park’s famous Lake Louise late in the afternoon on September 8th

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Maybe you were beginning to wonder if you’d ever get to see a picture of the famous Lake Louise. Here’s one with a twin bonus: a halo of crepuscular rays above the mountains that border the lake, and, coming to meet you, the tinged reflection of the late light on the lake’s surface.

© 2017 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

November 8, 2017 at 4:54 AM

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  1. Absolutely beautiful. The rays of light extending out horizontally and slightly downward make a remarkable addition. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen such a thing.


    November 8, 2017 at 5:00 AM

    • Based on the next comment, posted a few minutes after yours, Australia is in sync with you this morning, thought it’s night there.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 8, 2017 at 7:06 AM

  2. It’s an absolute beauty, Steve!


    November 8, 2017 at 5:06 AM

    • You described this in the same way as the previous comment, which, based on its time stamp, you probably didn’t see.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 8, 2017 at 7:07 AM

  3. Spectacular, Steve!

    David Moll

    November 8, 2017 at 7:39 AM

  4. Spectacular!!


    November 8, 2017 at 8:55 AM

    • And special. I see that the temperature there now is 11°F, quite a change since we visited two months ago today.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 8, 2017 at 9:11 AM

  5. awesome shot !!!!


    November 8, 2017 at 1:45 PM

  6. Just………..wow. Wow.


    November 8, 2017 at 2:52 PM

  7. Gosh .. that’s a wow shot Steve! Waiting for the drum roll 😄


    November 8, 2017 at 5:51 PM

  8. Stunning picture!


    November 9, 2017 at 12:36 AM

  9. Lovely to have a different (non-traditional) photo of Lake Louise. Who knew, except Steve, that all these other beautiful colours and tones were part of Lake Louise?


    November 9, 2017 at 5:29 AM

    • A lot of the landscape photographs on this trip ended up being non-traditional, thanks to the smoke in the air during much of our stay. That smoky haze precluded taking pictures with the clarity I’d seen over the years in so many other photographs showing the mountains and lakes in the Canadian Rockies. We do what we can.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 9, 2017 at 6:31 AM

      • And you do it so well.


        November 9, 2017 at 6:57 AM

        • Thanks for your vote of confidence. The wording of your comment reminded me of Cole Porter: “Do do that voodoo / That you do so well.” That in turn reminds me now of the many hoodoos we saw in the Canadian Badlands.

          Steve Schwartzman

          November 9, 2017 at 7:06 AM

  10. Not sure why this doesn’t have a hundred or more likes. Makes me want to be there seeing it firsthand. Nice exposure, Steve, rays, contrast, color .. all! I’m off blogging for the meantime but wanted to give you a virtual fist bump here.


    November 10, 2017 at 7:46 AM

    • Thanks for your virtual fist bump, Shannon. I looked up the temperature at Lake Louise a couple of days ago and found it to be 11°F. Today and for the next few days the temperature is predicted to be warmer, but four of the days next week are forecast to have snow. I’d like to see the Canadian Rockies that way, too, even if just briefly.

      To answer your question about likes, I’d estimate that interest in this blog peaked a couple of years ago. It’s hard to keep things fresh after six-and-a-half years, especially when posting every day or every other day. You’re taking time off from that world, so you know first-hand. C’est la vie; así es la vida.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 10, 2017 at 8:36 AM

      • I continue to be amazed at your persistence to post beautiful photos (and informative content) daily. I am spending less and less time on the computer, so my blogging seems on perpetual hold. Lots of content .. little time to write and post. Perhaps ‘small chunks’ daily might be a better approach.

        I wish you and Eve an extraordinary 2018, Steve. It’s been a pleasure getting to know you virtually these past few years! Keep up the great blogging and maturing.


        December 24, 2017 at 10:20 AM

        • That would be NAturing, though maturing shouldn’t stop either.


          December 24, 2017 at 10:22 AM

          • We’ll chalk it up to your subconscious taking advantage of the fact that n and m are adjacent on the keyboard. Call it a play on words resulting from a play on keys.

            Steve Schwartzman

            December 24, 2017 at 11:26 AM

        • Thanks, Shannon, for your vote of confidence and your good wishes for us both in the coming year. With your ever-growing kids, you have every reason not to spend so much time on the Internet. I probably spend too much. It’s hard to keep up people’s enthusiasm, and I’ve noticed a falling off of interest over the past year, with new subscribers having practically stopped. I’ve still been posting most days, but no longer every day as I did for the first five years. The latest trip, now four months in the past, gave me tons of material, so I’ve found it hard not to share the pictures with the world.

          Happy 2018!

          Steve Schwartzman

          December 24, 2017 at 11:37 AM

  11. Beautifully done, Steve!


    November 12, 2017 at 3:53 PM

  12. Wow! I love this dramatic shot of this iconic lake. well done!


    November 30, 2017 at 8:58 AM

    • Thanks, Melissa. I sat at the edge of the lake and took a picture every now and then as the clouds and the light changed.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 30, 2017 at 10:49 AM

      • So that’s what you did. I had visions of you just magically turning up at the right moment! LOL….I like the idea of you sitting at the edge for a while much better.


        December 1, 2017 at 8:01 AM

        • And can you hear Otis Redding singing “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay”?

          In looking at my archive now I see that I made about 60 views of the lake, the mountains, and the clouds. The last picture came 27 minutes after the first.

          Steve Schwartzman

          December 1, 2017 at 8:13 AM

          • Oh yeah, probably my favorite song!


            December 1, 2017 at 8:58 AM

            • I must have caught your vibes when that song popped into my head.

              Steve Schwartzman

              December 1, 2017 at 9:06 AM

              • I’ve been picturing you sitting there with the song playing in the background and feeling quite envious.


                December 2, 2017 at 9:49 AM

                • Before you get too envious, let me add that not far away on my right were lots of young people, one of whom was addicted to saying “like” every couple of sentences. That’s a 21st-century version of the Chinese water torture for any listener who respects the English language; just replace the drops of falling water with incessantly dropping the word “like” into a conversation.

                  Steve Schwartzman

                  December 2, 2017 at 10:41 AM

                • Yes. And the way girls talk these days from their throats, and end every sentence in a question. Like, it drives me crazy!!!! 🙂


                  December 3, 2017 at 9:25 AM

                • I’m wholeheartedly with you. Once in a while when I’ve found myself near a persistent “liker” I’ve said in a loud voice: “Like, like, like, like, like….” The person doesn’t usually catch on. Occasionally I’ve asked one of those people directly: “Why do you keep saying ‘like’ every ten words? Don’t you have any respect for your language?”

                  The talking-from-the throat articulation seems to occur primarily at the end of a phrase, where the voicing naturally drops off.

                  Steve Schwartzman

                  December 3, 2017 at 9:44 AM

                • One time I was watching a Househunters International in which a young lady who did this to an extreme extent moved to Europe. Sure enough, when they showed her 3 months later, she’d dropped the habit. I was cheered.


                  December 4, 2017 at 8:27 AM

                • That’s good news. May others follow her example.

                  Steve Schwartzman

                  December 4, 2017 at 9:20 AM

                • I found this article about young American women who “creak when they speak”:


                  The article refers to the phenomenon as vocal fry. And here’s another article pointing out the disadvantages such speech habits have on career advancement:


                  Steve Schwartzman

                  December 4, 2017 at 9:34 AM

                • That’s interesting. I’m glad to see it being addressed because it annoys me to hear American youth sound like half-wits.


                  December 6, 2017 at 9:05 AM

                • It’s been reported and studied. I suspect that schools are doing no more to correct it than they are to making sure their students learn arithmetic, history, grammar, etc. Paint me pessimistic.

                  Steve Schwartzman

                  December 6, 2017 at 9:25 AM

                • Me too. I really think the system is broken and we are going to have to find a different solution to education. Schools, administrators and teachers demand more and more money but deliver less and less. I am so thankful my kids are out of school.


                  December 7, 2017 at 8:14 AM

                • Last month Austin voters passed a billion-dollar school bond. That means I (and everyone else) will pay higher taxes as schoolkids sit in nicer surroundings and continue failing to learn much of anything. Color me pessimistic squared, or to a higher power.

                  Steve Schwartzman

                  December 7, 2017 at 8:31 AM

                • Oh gosh, I’m sorry to hear that. We kept passing school tax bonds until over 90% of our taxes go to the school, and we currently have one of the highest taxes in the country. You are quite right that it doesn’t make the schools any better at educating. The teachers just get a little fatter is all.


                  December 9, 2017 at 8:25 AM

                • Having taught in Honduras 50 years ago with a hand-cranked ditto machine and initially not even any textbooks, I can assure people that it doesn’t take lots of money to impart knowledge.

                  Steve Schwartzman

                  December 9, 2017 at 9:07 AM

                • Wow. I remember that you were there, but didn’t realize you taught there, or that you did so in such lean circumstances. They were lucky to have you. I wish the snotty young women I see going into “Education” today could learn from you. It seems all they really care about now is their benefits. They go into the classroom and are mean to the students, just as they were mean to their classmates no doubt. Yet the administrators love them. No, it doesn’t require lots of money to impart knowledge~just passion and dedication.


                  December 9, 2017 at 11:29 PM

                • I lived in Honduras for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer. It was the first time I’d ever taught, so naturally I wasn’t as good at it as I later became, but enthusiasm and ingenuity were on my side. As a group, students in the United States who go into education have among the lowest standardized test scores of all majors. (Imagine if sports teams recruited from among the least athletic players!) And of course administrators as a group are worse because they’re the people who couldn’t teach. They cause great damage as they blow about in the wind of each new academic fad.

                  Steve Schwartzman

                  December 10, 2017 at 7:03 AM

                • And here’s a short video about it:


                  (You can copy and paste the link inside the brackets.)

                  Steve Schwartzman

                  December 4, 2017 at 10:06 AM

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