Canadian Rockies Fall Colors Highlights Part 2 Lake Moraine and Lake Louise

I had arranged things so that when we came out of camping in the backcountry around Mount Assiniboine, we would have some hotel time to recoup.  To me, the Lodge at Lake Moraine is worth the splurge to be so close to the lake.  Not having to worry about parking and the nice rooms help too.

So we spent the next two days exploring Lake Louise and Moraine around sunset and sunrise.  Both were crazy busy but we expected that.  At Lake Moraine, the Rockpile is an obvious attraction but so is the nice trail half way around the lake.  I got some nice shots from both, including a wedding party getting their photos taken.

Bride and Groom at Lake Moraine Fuji GFX50s

Bride and Groom at Lake Moraine Fuji GFX50s

Lake Moraine from the Rockpile at Dusk gfx50s

Lake Moraine from the Rockpile at Dusk

Lake Moraine Angles Reflected

Lake Moraine Angles Reflected

Lake Moraine Along the Trail

Lake Moraine Along the Trail

We also took a side trip down to the Vermillion Lakes for sunset and hopefully a nice Mount Rundle reflection.  It was well worth the trip.

Vermillion Lakes Fall Colors Canon 200mm f/1.8 and GFX50s

Vermillion Lakes Fall Colors Canon 200mm f/1.8 and GFX50s

Mount Rundle Dusk Light in Vermillion Lakes

Mount Rundle Dusk Light in Vermillion Lakes

The next morning we ventured up to Lake Louise and got the first parking spot by showing up before 6am.  Several hundred of our closest friends soon followed.  It was a great experience watching the peaks around the lake light up with golden sunrise light, all reflected in the aqua waters of the lake itself.

Lake Louise Sunrise Fire gfx50s

Lake Louise Sunrise Fire

Golden Light on the Peaks Arou gfx50snd Lake Louise at Dawn

Golden Light on the Peaks Around Lake Louise at Dawn

The next day we were set to camp in the backcountry around Lake O’Hara.  We had put the tent out to dry at the hotel but it was time to get some solid meals to get ready and to finalize our shopping and gear selection.  On to Part 3…

 

Low Tide Blue Hour Light at Second Beach

Here’s how this trip came together. I’ve been watching the weather at certain locations and in this case, the tides on the coast. The tide tables… http://tides.mobilegeographics.com/locations/3230.html indicated an unusually low tide this last weekend. NOAA weather said it was going to be mostly clear and warm. I had the chance to rent a new lens I’ve been wanting to try out, so its on. Its about four hours out to the coast and dont underestimate the additional 14 miles plus hiking once you’ve left 101.

Second Beach Blue Hour Low Tides

A Seagull’s Contemplation

A Seagull's Contemplation

Sharing Cannon Beach with a few contemplative gulls last Thursday evening. Really was a nice night. Very low tide, although not so low I didn’t get soaked pushing it a bit. Always glad to come back to Surfsand Resort and this tranquil beach.

Wading In

Wading In

I drove down to Rainier, leaving at 3am to see how the sunrise reflections were coming together. The Reflection Lakes are nice, but Bench Lake is a bit of a rarer treat because of the short hike required to get there. The question is how are the water levels? Usually by late July, a sliver of a shoreline has revealed itself.

Yesterday however, no such luck. But having driven so far, I took off my shoes and socks and waded to the spot I wanted for this shot. Surprisingly, it was refreshing, not breathtakingly cold 🙂

Getting Out of Bed at 3am: Manmade Baker Lake Charms

Getting Out of Bed at 3am:  Manmade Baker Lake Charms

Visited Baker Lake again this morning to look for Mount Baker reflections. Left at 445am. Found many bear tracks, a few geese and a couple of nice reflections. Really mean to go back again earlier for sunrise reflections but the whole leaving at 3am thing seems to conspire against me.

The water level is a lot higher now with snow meltoff which is a plus for reflections. Now If I can just throw myself out of bed earlier…

A Different Kind Of Twilight Near FOrks

A Different Kind Of Twilight Near Forks

Decided to do a quick road trip to Second Beach on the coast for low tides and clear skies. Zeiss 28mm shot on a spectacular evening 🙂