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Johnston Canyon

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Here from September 9th are three views of Johnston Canyon in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.

Notice that not only lakes in the Canadian Rockies but also creeks there can look turquoise or aquamarine, thanks to minerals dissolved in the water. The color is even more noticeable in the pool at the Lower Falls.

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October 21, 2017 at 4:49 AM

But it wasn’t all smoky haze

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Over the three weeks of our trip to the Canadian Rockies and vicinity, we did enjoy a few days free from the otherwise predominant haze. One of those clear days was September 2nd, when we drove north and covered the length of the Bow Valley Parkway in Banff National Park, Alberta. One of my favorite mountains from along that route was this whitish one, which I believe is part of the Sawback Range. Based on what I read on a nearby sign, I think the burned trees and lack of dense ground cover in the foreground resulted from a prescribed burn.

UPDATE. I’ve now heard back from travel specialist Arden A. at Travel Alberta after I’d written to try to find out the name of this peak. Arden replied: “While the peak in your photo does not have an official name, it is known informally as ‘The Finger’. Well-known Canadian mountaineer Lawrence Grassi created the epithet after a climbing incident in 1935. If Grassi was the inventor of the name, poet Earle Birney brought the peak to prominence with his poem ‘David’ – a literary staple in Canadian school curricula.” Along with that explanation came a link with much more information about “The Finger.” If only every organization were as knowledgeable and forthcoming with information as Travel Alberta was in this case.

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September 25, 2017 at 4:40 AM

New Zealand gets a run for its money

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As fabulous as New Zealand is for a nature photographer, the Canadian Rockies and nearby areas give it a run for its money. When I posted my first New Zealand picture in March of 2015, I emphasized the aquamarine color of the water I saw in its seas. The Canadian Rockies lack a seacoast, of course, but some of the lakes there provide colors to rival those of the ocean surrounding New Zealand. Shown above is Moraine Lake in Banff National Park, Alberta, on September 8th. Even the heavy haze of smoke from wildfires could only partially subdue the lake’s color; this corner was its most vivid.

In the posts ahead you’ll be seeing other photographs from this latest trip, along with some things from earlier outings, and of course updates from central Texas.

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September 21, 2017 at 4:42 AM

That snow and ice I mentioned last time

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Yup, still plenty of cold white stuff at the higher elevations in Rocky Mountain National Park on June 5th. The two-lane road through the park was clear and dry, but in one place I caught sight of a parked snow plow, and piled up in several other places right along the road I saw walls of white that I assume arose from the work the plow had done some days earlier. Striations don’t come from geology alone.

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August 7, 2017 at 4:41 AM

That stream I mentioned

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Oh yeah, here’s the rushing stream I mentioned yesterday, the one we saw on June 5th near the aspen grove along US 40 in the Rocky Mountains. My guess is that some or even a lot of the water was due to melting ice and snow from the surrounding mountains.

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August 6, 2017 at 4:55 AM

Pale tree trunks in the Rocky Mountains

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On June 5th we were driving north on US 40 toward Rocky Mountain National Park when I pulled over to photograph a rushing mountain stream. Adjacent to it was this grove of trees, presumably aspens (Populus tremuloides), that made for a pleasant sight.

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August 5, 2017 at 5:00 AM

Six minutes later

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I’m sending out this post six minutes after the previous one to show you how the clouds looked six minutes later above Morrison, Colorado, on June 4th. I took this follow-up picture at 8:34 PM Mountain Daylight Saving Time.

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August 4, 2017 at 4:50 AM

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