Looking for a unique and visually stunning road trip that will have you reminiscing and talking about for years to come? For me, that road trip was the Canadian Rockies in late May back in 2006. Ursula and I flew into Calgary, Alberta, and rented a car. From there we drove west and then north, into some of the most beautiful mountain areas I have ever visited outside of the Swiss Alps.
Our first stop was Canmore, where we stayed in a beautiful Edwardian-style hotel and pub called the Georgetown Inn. So enamored were we with our stay here that we made a second night of it on the return trip back through Canmore six days later.
The next day we started our way into the really high country toward Banff. Along the way we stopped at Johnson Lake, where I was able to compose some really nice shots of mountains reflected in the cool, still waters. Beyond Banff were Lake Louise and the even more stunning Moraine Lake. Moraine Lake was particularly picturesque in that much of the lake was still blanketed in ice, however the ice had melted along one side of the lake revealing greenish glacial waters that reflected the Ten Peaks Range standing sentinel over the valley floor. The pictures have the effect of an optical illusion in which water appears to cascade away from the ice sheet. In actuality the water was perfectly still and reflected perfectly the mountains beyond.
Continuing further north took us into the vistas afforded by Natural Bridge in YoHo National Park, Athabasca Falls (captured a really neat rainbow refraction in the mist rising off the falls), and finally the quaint town of Jasper in which we stayed in a rustic and very romantic wood cabin.
What follows are just some of the many, many photographs I took on this adventure. I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed taking them.