Thursday, September 6, 2012

peaks

I just returned from a wonderful vacation to four National Parks in the Canadian  Rockies--Kootenay, Yoho, Banff, and Jasper.  Driving through these parks, one is surrounded by mountains.  endless mountains!  such a variety of peaks!  jagged, rounded, striated, glaciated, buff, slate gray, silver, sandy brown, green, snow-covered.... 
The cloud formations were mesmerizing.  such a variety of moods!  That variety is evident in the sky above.

Look carefully in the valley formed by the two peaks.  That's a snow covered mountain which practically merges with the clouds above.

The water is a lovely turquoise due to a high concentration of minerals "scrubbed" from the land by moving glaciers and carried out by meltwater streams into the lakes.  This is called rock or glacial flour.

one of the Vermillion Lakes in Banff National Park



I'm linking up with my favorite teacher, Ms Jenny Matlock, as we work our way through the alphabet.  Please do go visit the other students, for you never know what gems you may find--humor, poignancy, information, visions of far away places, stuff you've never even dreamed of!  Check it out HERE.  You may even wish to join in yourself!  This week our letter is "P." 


 
photo by me © 2012 all rights reserved

28 comments:

  1. Beautiful! So glad you pointed out the hidden mountain - I would not have seen that!

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  2. Majestic! I'd love to see more of your photos from the triP!

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  3. Beautiful photos... driving through such
    mountains always makes me smile.
    Sandy

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  4. gorgeous -- post a few more next time!

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  5. Beautiful photo! I can't wait to see all the pictures from your trip!

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  6. the mountain view is cool.

    a peak, what a peek.

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  7. I'm glad you had a wonderful vacation! I was in Calgary this past weekend - a 'hop and a skip' from Banff! Oh yes, those mountains are magnificent aren't they?

    Glad you made it home safe and sound!
    xo Catherine

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  8. What a beautiful place! I'm looking forward to seeing more shots ;)
    I would love to get out to the mountains sometime soon - here in Florida we don't even have hills :P

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  9. Nature is so beautiful! I'm glad you enjoyed your vacation and I'm looking forward to seeing more photos!

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  10. Beautiful! I doubt that I would have seen the snow-covered mountain had you not pointed it out -- it does disappear into the clouds! I loved the mountains when we lived in Colorado -- not many here in Texas!!

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  11. Spectacular scenery. We are going to visit Canada soon, and I am looking forward to seeing more of the sights.

    =)

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  12. Love driving through the mountains and see magnificent peaks like these. The colors of these in your pic are fearsome!

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  13. Your peaks speaks♫♪ Love the photo.

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  14. Wow, just stunning! The way that the gray peaks contrast with the turquoise water is amazing. I look forward to seeing more of your vacation photos.

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  15. I have been to ALL those places, Margaret. They are soooo beautiful! The water from the glaciers, with that milky blue color, is a colloidal suspension. When we were canoeing on Lake Louise, I became a little freaked out that if I fell in, I wouldn't be able to see where I was in relation to the surface.

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  16. What an awesome vacation! Love your shot...

    great way to end the summer...

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  17. Oh my those peaks are spectacular. Thanks for sharing the photo!!!!!

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  18. What a gorgeous picture. It sounds like a great trip!

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  19. Absolutely gorgeous! I wanted to visit Glacier Nat'l Park in the USA this summer, some great views there too, but it didn't happen! Oh Well.

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  20. Glad you enjoyed browsing at my blog! Saw your pics here of Jan. in Bryce Canyon. Seems like the colors look more subdued in winter. If there's a next time we'll go, I want to make sure it's not so hot, so I can paint more!

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  21. Delicious light and color, I love this photo, great place. Greetings.

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  22. Dear Margaret,
    WoW! What a view. I love the color of the turquoise water too. Nice shot! Thanks for sharing & visiting.

    This Plunderous World

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  23. STUNNING photograph! What a view!

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  24. Wow...that's amazing! Glad to hear you had such a great time exploring, this is so cool!

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  25. What a beautiful picture of gorgeous scenery!

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  26. I didn't know the water was so blue from minerals! I learned something new today!

    And I learned that it would be perfect taking a trip here!

    Just gorgeous!

    Thanks for letting us pop by for the letter 'P'.

    A+

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