So, my Guilty Indulgence #4 is
The thing that really steals the show for me is the clarity and the color of the water in the mountains, with all it's natural mineral richness. I love the hues of greens and blues that you find as you pass by almost every body of water in the mountains. It's so much different than the rivers that are run through the prairies which are so murky looking.
This is Olive Lake in Kootenay National Park, BC.. So green and beautiful, perfectly crystal clear. Really more the size of a pond, but totally worth stopping to indulge yourself in.
This is Numa Falls in Banff National Park. From the road this doesn't look like much of anything. Take my advice and stop there. It's the sort of place that it only takes a few seconds to realize its magnificence, and one that you will spend a lifetime remembering and wishing you could visit more often. The rock formations there are amazing and the turquoise water is very pleasing to the eye.
I can't go without posting this totally incredible photo of the reflection of a mountain in a little bit of river water that was left behind as the water receeded for the winter. To me, there's nothing like a snow topped mountain on a perfectly blue sky.
I consider myself so lucky to be close enough to enjoy these truly magnificent beauties, and thankful to have people to share them with! I suppose that's enough of that indulgence for the time being. I doubt I'll make it back out there again this year, unless the snow stays away in November... hard to say.