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Photo of the Day – Stormy Jasper Valley – Jasper National Park, CanadaFirst, Merry Christmas everyone! I know that many of you will be spending time with your families today – enjoy every minute of it.
I took this photo this past summer while exploring Banff as well as Jasper National Park (right next to Banff) with my girlfriend Anne. On this day, the weather was not particularly great, but it did add some pretty epic weather sightings such as this one along the way.
I always find it interesting how much weather can play a roll in a trip, a photo, a memory, a moment. Sometimes rain can ruin a trip, sometimes it will make for the memory of a lifetime. Other times you’ll be begging for the sun to come out to cap off an epic sunset and other times you’ll be wishing it would hide to get you out of 100 degree heat. You just never know. Regardless, make the most of it!
Photo of the Day – Mythical Morning on Lake Moraine – Banff National Park, CanadaLake Moraine is my favorite lake in the world. It is a crystallized teal blue color, has the backdrop of the incredible Canadian Rockies, and has classic natural beauty of evergreen trees, rocks, snow and rocks.
I have only been to Lake Moraine once on a very early and chilly Summer morning in July this year and it is a place that I can’t wait to return to. I found true peace here as the natural beauty seems to take any negative thoughts or pain away. I really want to spend some time there and truly soak it all in.
Where is your peace place?
Photo of the Day – The Road to Half Dome – Yosemite National Park, USAThe road to Glacier Point was blocked as the park was absolutely jam-packed, but Brad and I figured out a way to “trick” the ranger into letting us down. It ended up working out incredibly for us as there was almost no one on what is usually a very busy road going to Glacier Point.
Glacier Point is just sweet. It sits atop the center of Yosemite valley and gives up awesome views all around. Specifically it has a close-up and personal view of Half-Dome. I took this shot when we hoped out of the car as we twisted our way down towards the Parking Lot for Glacier Point.
I must say having such an epic view in front of you before a hair-pin turn can’t be the most safe thing in the world!
Photo of the Day – Stormy Athabasca Falls – Jasper National Park, CanadaIn July I took a trip to Banff with my girlfriend Anne – although you must know that by now with my non-stop Banff ‘Photo of the Days’ (here, here, and here). Well, what’s funny about this photo is that its not from Banff, but from the neighboring Canadian National Park, Jasper. Jasper National Park is equally as large as Banff, but not nearly as well known as Banff seems to have hoardedd all of the spectacularly blue lakes which have made Banff so famous.
Regardless, Anne and I drove all the way out to this waterfall and we actually got pretty lucky. It was a stormy day as you can see, but that mean the waterfall was in full throttle! With a light rain and an incredible amount of mist from the falls themselves, it was hard to get this shot off, but I just managed it. This is no Iguazu, but pretty cool I think.
Photo of the Day – A Turquoise Sunrise at Lake Louise – Banff National Park, CanadaLake Louise is probably the most famous lake in Banff and perhaps rightfully so. The area is littered with blueish green colored lakes and although my favorite was Lake Moraine, I can see why many call this their fave of the bunch.
It was a very long and early morning when Anne and I had already ventured up to Lake Moraine, but we had to give Lake Louise her own chance as well. And as expected, the turquoise of the lake crushed anything the sun was trying to do on this sunrise.
We unfortunately did not get a chance to canoe on the lake, but I plan on doing it next time!
Photo of the Day – Banff from Above – Banff National Park, CanadaOn our last day in Banff, Anne and I finally got a decently clear day to take the gondola up to the top of Sulphur Mountain (2,281m or 7,486ft) for this spectacular birds-eye view of Banff Town. We were lucky as a storm actually rolled in right after I took this photo and completely ruined the view.
From atop Sulphur Mountain, I really got the feel of just how big Banff National Park (AbsoluteVisit #66!) is and just how much I missed of it But, thats OK – it makes for an easy excuse to return!
Photo of the Day – Dozens of Falls at Iguazu Falls – Iguazu Falls, BrazilBrad and I were lucky enough to be able to check-out Iguazu falls from both the Brazilian and Argentinean sides. The falls actually acts as a boarder to the two countries. This picture was taken from the Brazilian side and helps to highlight the shear number of falls. Dozens of waterfalls plummet through a dense tropical rain forest creating a true paradise.
Photo of the Day – Storms a Brewing at Peyto Lake – Banff National Park, CanadaWhile visiting Banff National Park, one of the absolute must see Lakes is Peyto Lake. Although this lake is a couple hours north of Banff itself I promise you that the 10 minute hike to the lookout over Peyto Lake will not disappoint you. In fact, this lake truly rivals Lake Moraine in my mind as the most beautiful lake in Banff. Peyto’s expansive size, turquoise color and perfectly tree-lined coast make it one of the most beautiful lakes I have ever seen. Oh yea, there are some pretty epic snow capped mountains around as well
Mystery Photo AnswerHopefully everyone had fun with the “Stairway to Heaven” mystery photo on Tuesday. Maya N had the best guess in the comments – “Moscow”. This photo was taken in the famous Revolution Square station of the Moscow Metro. Great job Maya!
Photo of the Day – Cutting Through The Forest – Fox Glacier, New ZealandOne of the reasons New Zealand is such a special tourism destination is because of the unbelievable geographic diversity that can be found as you explore the North and South islands. A few hours north of Queenstown on the South Island lies the beautiful Fox Glacier, which cuts sharply through the surrounding tropical forest. While this is not the most impressive glacier that Will and I have seen, Fox Glacier was the first glacier that we set our eyes on and I can still remember the surreal moment standing in front of the massive field of ice in complete shock of what stood before me. Everyone should make plans to see a glacier one day.
Photo of the Day – Chinese Tango Parade – Temple of Heaven – Beijing, ChinaI’ve posted before about the fascinating local Chinese culture that you can observe on a visit to the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, China. On the same morning that I captured an elderly woman’s morning ritual, I also ran into a large group of Chinese locals parading down the street Tango Style!
An early morning visit to this park is an absolute must on your first trip to Beijing. Sure it isn’t as famous or impressive as the Forbidden City, Great Wall, Summer Palace, Tiananmen Square or the Olympic Park, but I promise that your current impression of who the Chinese are will change forever after you feel the happy and relaxed atmosphere created by the thousands gathered in the park.