Snowshoeing to Peyto Lake
Banff National Park, Canada
The Canadian Rockies are known for epic mountain and lake scenes, beautiful peaked mountains with colorful lakes sitting at their base. Moraine Lake, Lake Louise, and Peyto Lake, just to name a few. When we set out on our nearly week long trip to Banff National Park I expected to see as many of these mountain scenes as I could.
Willie and I explored the area close to Banff National Park on our first few days, when the weather was clear and easy to get the lay of the land. Then a big snow storm hit and dumped over a foot of snow on the area. Our ability to venture further out and see many of these epic mountain scenes began to decline. On our last full day in Banff I turned to Willie and said "there's no way we're coming here and not seeing Peyto. Hop in the car, we're going!" And off we went ... which Willie was perfectly fine with since he wasn't driving and could do his typical thing: fall asleep.
I was quite glad we had rented an all-wheel drive SUV because the road to Peyto, Icefields Parkway, really wasn't plowed. By that I mean that one lane had been plowed and it became a game of dodging cars. On the way to Peyto we had the plowed lane but on the way back ... well, lets say that was not the most fun time to be the driver. I had brought snow-shoes with me, in the event of needing to hike through the snow, and it turned out to be a good decision because the mile long trail to Peyto was filled with 2 feet of snow! A nice family from Colorado, whom we exchanged contact info with, sludged through first and carved out a path that made our hike with heavy camera gear much nicer!
Although the epic mountains behind Peyto Lake never made an appearance, it was still an epic view! I've been wanting to put more of a "people element" into my photos lately, so when Willie was done taking his photos I hopped on down and placed myself in the photo.
Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8:
24mm, f/11, 1/125 sec, ISO 100