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Bow Lake revisited

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What goes up must come down, or so they say. Even if that’s not always true, it was true for us with regard to Alberta’s scenic Icefields Parkway. On September 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 from our southbound trip, which gave us smoky haze rather than the clarity of two days earlier. Nevertheless, you can still see the beautiful color imparted to the lake’s water by what’s known as rock flour or glacial flour. You can also confirm that some patches of snow and ice remained in the adjacent mountains even at the warmest time of the year.

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February 3, 2018 at 4:40 AM

Monday mountains 5

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Today is the last of the five Mondays in this Mondayful January. Continuing with the month’s mountain sequence, here’s a look at Pyramid Mountain, which looms large outside the Jasper townsite in Jasper National Park, Alberta. The date was September 5, 2017.

When I looked in the opposite direction, I saw what amounted to one big set of antlers on an elk.

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January 29, 2018 at 4:50 AM

Monday mountains 4

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The many Mondays this month let you marvel at mountains. This time it’s the grand sweep of Cirrus Mountain in the northern part of Banff National Park, Alberta, recorded on September 4, 2017. Thanks to the good folks at Travel Alberta for the identification.

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January 22, 2018 at 4:49 AM

Monday mountains 3

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On the many Mondays in January you’re seeing mountains.

I rarely use a polarizer, but I did to convey the drama of clouds over the Rocky Mountains viewed from Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado on June 8, 2017.

P.S. As Tom noted in a comment below, this sub-range of the Rocky Mountains is known as the Sangre de Cristo.

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January 15, 2018 at 4:55 AM

Monday mountains 2

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On this month’s five Mondays you’re getting a look at mountains. Today it’s Cascade Mountain in Banff, Alberta, as I saw it on September 2, 2017. You can tell how quickly the clouds were moving by comparing their positions and the positions of their shadows on the mountain in a photograph taken 13 seconds later:

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January 8, 2018 at 4:44 AM

Monday mountains 1

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Making much of aleatory alliteration, let’s launch into 2018 with photographs of momentous mountains on the five Mondays in January this year.

Today’s first of the five, from September 4, 2017, is Mount Victoria in Banff National Park, Alberta. Thanks to the good folks at Travel Alberta for identifying this.

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January 1, 2018 at 4:49 AM

Bighorn sheep

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Not long after we set out eastbound along the Trans-Canada Highway from Golden, British Columbia, on the morning of September 7th, we spotted a group of animals by the side of the road. Naturally I pulled over and got out to take some pictures. I later learned that these are bighorn mountain sheep, Ovis canadensis. The adult males have thick, spiraling horns, so I assume these are females. More than once on the trip we saw bighorn mountain sheep browsing what seemed to be an area devoid of any vegetation, as shown here. It seems likely that the animals get salt or minerals by licking the ground.

And how about that collection of legs? I think I count 10 hooves when there ought to be 12.

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December 4, 2017 at 4:57 AM

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