I make no excuses for revisiting Kananaskis and the beautiful wind polished surface of the upper lake yet again. Cecil and I were out for our usual weekly photo tour and it was the first time he had seen the lake like this. We had a great afternoon chasing ice shots before going back to the lower lake for sunset. I found a few nice images today and had a great time out in the Canadian wilderness. On the way home we had to stop for a huge moose on the road then quickly stop again for 3 more (a 4 moose day is always a good day) As we got onto highway 40 we were stopped again by the local elk herd scattered around the highway in large numbers. Unfortunately darkness prevented us making any useful shots of the moose or elk but the sighting was the icing on the cake of another wonderful day in our favourite place.
Yesterday we spent the afternoon in the winter wonderland that is Upper Kananaskis Lake. There had been a good dollop of fresh snow up there in the last couple of days and we found ourselves wanting to see a bit of winter as there's been so little of it this year. We had a fantastic day and spent 5 hours circumnavigating the lake and taking it all in. You can see a full write up and all of the images by clicking here, there's also a small gallery below (no captions) to give a flavour of the day.
As everyone who reads the blog regularly will know, Upper Kananaskis Lake is our favourite place in Canada and winter doesn't change that one bit. There's always something beautiful here and winter brings it's own reward to those who would walk the 7km round trip across the frozen lake.
As the water level in the lake drops to provide hydro power through the winter, the early ice falls with the water level then, in the shallows at the north west corner of the lake, it breaks over the rocky bottom and the winter jewels of Kananaskis are created. Even in temperatures of -20 it's worth the walk, perhaps more so when you have the place to yourself as we did yesterday. The gallery below sees us starting out, crossing the lake and returning, it's worth noting that the ice on the lake is now over a foot thick and very stable, the visible ice that I've photographed is the early winter ice that was exposed some time ago as the water level fell. It looks nice in the photographs as I'd hoped but the real life experience is spectacular, the cold air bites at exposed flesh and the snow crunches underfoot while a million ice diamonds sparkle wherever the sun touches.
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