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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

Peyto Lake

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Everybody photographs Banff National Park’s Peyto Lake, so why shouldn’t I? On September 4th we hiked up to the popular overlook from which I took this picture. Fortunately it gives no hint of the dozens of people around me.

UPDATE: I should’ve explained that the lake’s wonderful color is due to what’s called glacial rock flour.

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November 26, 2017 at 4:46 AM

Medicine Lake

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On September 5th, heading south through Jasper National Park along Maligne Lake Rd., we came to Medicine Lake. Shown here is the lake’s northeast corner, beyond which you see the remains of a forest burned in an earlier fire. And again there’s the color through the water.

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November 1, 2017 at 4:44 AM

Mount Edith Cavell

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On the morning of September 5th we went to the visitor center in Jasper and got a permit for that afternoon to drive up to Mount Edith Cavell. (Renovation of the parking lot there prompted the rationing of parking spaces throughout 2017.) After reaching the lot, we hiked to the overlook for the mountain. The photograph above, taken at a mildly wide-angle focal length of 40mm, shows the meltwater lake at the base of one face of the mountain. If you click the thumbnail below you’ll suddenly find yourself looking much more closely at a prettily patterned portion of pale blue ice on the lake’s far shore, thanks to the magic of my telephoto lens zoomed to its maximum 400mm.

Two weeks after our visit, the road to Mount Edith Cavell closed for the season.

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October 27, 2017 at 4:48 AM

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

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