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Stormy Jasper Valley – Jasper National Park, Canada

 

Photo of the Day – Stormy Jasper Valley – Jasper National Park, Canada

First, 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!

Stormy Jasper Valley - Jasper National Park, Canada
 

Mythical Morning on Lake Moraine – Banff National Park, Canada

 

Photo of the Day – Mythical Morning on Lake Moraine – Banff National Park, Canada

Lake 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?

Mythical Morning on Lake Moraine - Banff National Park, Canada
 

The Road to Half Dome – Yosemite National Park, USA

 

Photo of the Day – The Road to Half Dome – Yosemite National Park, USA

The 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!

The Road to Half Dome - Yosemite National Park, USA
 

Stormy Athabasca Falls – Jasper National Park, Canada

 

Photo of the Day – Stormy Athabasca Falls – Jasper National Park, Canada

In 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.

Stormy Athabasca Falls - Jasper National Park, Canada
 

A Turquoise Sunrise at Lake Louise – Banff National Park, Canada

 

Photo of the Day – A Turquoise Sunrise at Lake Louise – Banff National Park, Canada

Lake 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!

A Turquoise Sunrise at Lake Louise - Banff National Park, Canada
 

Banff from Above – Banff National Park, Canada

 

Photo of the Day – Banff from Above – Banff National Park, Canada

On 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!

Banff from Above - Banff National Park, Canada
 

Dozens of Falls at Iguazu Falls – Iguazu Falls, Brazil

 

Photo of the Day – Dozens of Falls at Iguazu Falls – Iguazu Falls, Brazil

Brad 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.

Dozens of Falls at Iguazu Falls - Iguazu Falls, Brazil
 

Storms a Brewing at Peyto Lake – Banff National Park, Canada

 

Photo of the Day – Storms a Brewing at Peyto Lake – Banff National Park, Canada

While 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 :)

Storms a Brewing at Peyto Lake - Banff National Park, Canada
 

Cutting Through The Forest – Fox Glacier, New Zealand

 

Mystery Photo Answer

Hopefully 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 Zealand

One 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.

Cutting Through The Forest - Fox Glacier, New Zealand
 

Chinese Tango Parade – Temple of Heaven – Beijing, China

 

Photo of the Day – Chinese Tango Parade – Temple of Heaven – Beijing, China

I’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.

Chinese Tango Parade - Temple of Heaven - Beijing, China
 
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The Top 100 Places in the World
1 Great Wall of China
2 Pyramids of Egypt
3 Machu Picchu
4 Serengeti Migration
5 Galapagos Islands
6 Grand Canyon
7 Angkor Temples
8 Antarctica Cruise
9 Taj Mahal
10 Iguazu Falls
11 Amazon Rain Forest
12 Great Barrier Reef
13 Bora Bora
14 Victoria Falls
15 Bagan
16 Petra
17 Potala Palace
18 Karnak
19 Mt Everest
20 Cappadocia
21 St Peters Basilica
22 Fjords of Norway
23 Jerusalem Old City
24 Burj Khalifa
25 Borobudur
26 Forbidden City
27 Kashmir Valley
28 Li River Cruise
29 Ladakh
30 Alhambra
31 Louvre Museum
32 Perito Moreno Glac.
33 Banaue Terraces
34 Colosseum of Rome
35 Easter Island
36 Venice Canals/Alleys
37 Kathmandu Valley
38 Wat Phra Kaew
39 Yellowstone NP
40 Pompeii
41 Rio Panoramic View
42 Palace of Versailles
43 Dubrovnik
44 Golden Temple
45 St. Basils Cathedral
46 Vatican Museum
47 Florence Cityscape
48 Acropolis
49 Amalfi Coast Drive
50 Kremlin
51 Hong Kong View
52 TerraCotta Warriors
53 Mezquita Cordoba
54 Chichen Itza
55 Damascus Old City
56 Shwedagon Stupa
57 Sahara Desert
58 Mont St Michel
59 St. Marks Square
60 Egyptian Museum
61 Hagia Sophia
62 Angel Falls
63 Delphi
64 Teotihuacan
65 Baalbek
66 Banff NP
67 Santorini
68 Matterhorn
69 New York Skyline
70 Neuschwanstein
71 Chartres Cathedral
72 British Museum
73 Prague Old Town
74 Burj al Arab
75 Yangtze River Cruise
76 Yosemite NP
77 Hermitage Museum
78 Torres del Paine
79 Chambord Chateau
80 Lijiang
81 Portofino
82 Great Ocean Road
83 Tongariro Alpine
84 Las Vegas Strip
85 Tikal
86 Topkapi Palace
87 Sydney Opera House
88 Eiffel Tower
89 Luxor Temple
90 Kerala Backwaters
91 Golden Gate Bridge
92 Cinque Terre
93 Metropolitan Mus
94 Uffizi Gallery
95 Ayers Rock
96 Cliffs of Moher
97 Pacific Coast Hwy
98 Shanghai Skyline
99 Glacier Bay NP
100 Wulingyuan
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