Thursday, August 13, 2009

Lake Louise



Click here for the embiggened version (which is much prettier!).

Reliving vacation, one area at a time. Like I said earlier, it will take some time for me to sort through all the photos and clean the best ones up for posting on Flickr. I adjusted only exposure -- NOT color. The lake really is that bright and blue. We got there early in the morning and successfully avoided the crowd at this very popular destination.

11 comments:

Dave said...

Nice. What caused the milky water in some of the pictures?

LL said...

I forget you Southern folk aren't used to looking at the clear water we see every day.

Good pics though. Not a cat to be found. ;)

fermicat said...

Dave - the brilliant colored water is a property of glacial meltwater lakes. The glacier runoff contains lots of silt and dissolved minerals. The silt settle out in the delta region of the lake, but the mineral content remains suspended in the water and tends to reflect in the blue/green part of the spectrum. We saw lakes that ranged from blue to aqua and turquoise to emerald green. You have to see it to believe it!

LL - the streams and creeks that were not glacier fed certainly were clear. I'll have pictures of those later. We didn't see any cats - probably because of all the coyotes and bears and stuff. And you'll notice another theme in my photos: no people (except one or two that have PDM in there somewhere).

Jeni said...

Fermi - those pictures are absolutely awesome! The grandeur of the mountains and the water -beyond words, really -simply breath taking to see the photos and I can only imagine how much more of an impact it has when seen up close and personal, ya know! If you're ever thinking of an alternative form of employment, I would suggest doing articles for mags with a travel theme or something like that in which you could really showcase your photos as well as the wonder of the area.

fermicat said...

Jeni - photos are a poor substitute for actually being there with a 360 degree view, but the photos are enough to show why we like these types of vacations. The photos don't convey the feel of the wind in your hair or the sun on your face; or the subtle woodsy scents of the juniper, pine and spruce along the trail.

Jim Donahue said...

Lovely!

Dianne said...

the photos are amazing!!
what beautiful scenery

Dr Jenn said...

I love when the minerals alter the color of the water! That was gonna be my comment! Your pictures made me want to upgrade my camera and run off and go on a secluded vacation! Thanks for sharing!

Dr Jenn said...

Friday Cat Blogging?

fermicat said...

Jim and Dianne - thanks.

Jenn - you've got some nice choices nearby for a secluded vacation. And catblogging? Done!

BC said...

Very beautiful!! Im so jealous!!