Sunday, October 23, 2011

National Parks Visit No. ?

This is my favorite time of year in the mountains. The air is crisp and fresh, the fall colors are still vibrant, and the forests and mountains are dusted with fresh brand new white snow. It's as if someone took a giant sifter of icing sugar and coated the world around us. This photo is of Olive Lake in the Kootenay National Park, just outside 10 minutes or so from Radium Hot Springs. I've taken pics of it before, but never with it's first snow. It was breathtaking.

The snow increased in volume as I drove towards Banff National Park, the heaviest of it falling Saturday and into the night and was thickest right up at the border between BC and Alberta. Thankfully, the roads had been plowed and/or the salt they sprayed down did its job well. The scenery was more and more beautiful the closer I got to Banff today, simply because the skies opened up and the sun highlighted the bright white footprints of the storm the day before.

This really is the best time to go there, because you don't have to worry about road conditions and you can enjoy the hot springs more with the chilly air above and steam rising, and the snow just accentuates the lines and curves of each of the layers of rock way up high on the mountain tops. It was a wonderful weekend getaway with Thor, perfect all around.

Jules :O)

7 comments:

don said...

Wow, beautiful pic of Olive Lake!

Jules said...

Yes, it was really gorgeous there as I was leaving Radium and it seemed like the color of the water was even more vibrant. Maybe it's the time of year, or the white in contrast..?

The Grunt said...

Awesome! I like the blue and greens against the white.

SIMON said...

Great pics and wow what progress, you being pleased with snow!!

Siddhartha Joshi said...

really really beautiful...all of them!

Jules said...

Grunty - I love the colors if the sky is just right.. so bright like that.

Si - I've always loved a dusting of it high on top of a mountain... I'm still not ready for ground level snow. But I am looking forward to skiing again this winter.

Sidds - Thank you so much!!

Kalyan P said...

Simply beautifully captured shots...lovely place to be.