SATURDAY – 1 October
On Saturday we again got to sleep in as it was totally overcast at dawn. After breakfast in the Lake Louise area we packed up our gear and headed North to be based out of the Sumwapta Falls area. The weather was overcast at times with clouds moving about which made for some good photo opportunities.
|Low Clouds on the Icefields Parkway|
|CLOUDS IN A VALLEY|
We photographed mountains, weather, and waterfalls today. We started with Mistaya Canyon Falls. We had stopped in the area yesterday, but did not take the short trail down into Mistaya Canyon. The water flowing through here is the Mistaya River. It was quite full and running fast, even though this is October.
|NARROW GORGE, MISTAYA FALLS|
|MISTAYA RIVER ABOVE THE FALLS|
Views along the Parkway --
Our next stop was at the base of the Athabasca Glacier. As we drove off the highway we had snow flurries mixed with rain. The sun was at the right angle and so we saw and photographed a very low but quite visible rainbow to the East across the Parkway.
|Keeping A Watchful Eye|
|Rainbow across Pond with Parkway at base|
The Athabasca Glacier is quite dominant along the Parkway and quite visible. One hundred years ago it extended across what is now the Parkway. They do a great job of showing the receding of the glacier over the past 100 years with markers along the road in the area.
|Trail to toe of Glacier below Mts. Athabasca and Andromeda|
The leading edge of the glacier is within easy walking distance from the parking area. The glacier is approximately 6 km (3.7 mi) long, covers an area of 6 km2 (2.3 sq mi), and is measured to be between 90–300 metres (300–980 ft) thick.
|Athabasca Glacier with parking and Pond Below|
|Tangle Falls Tiers|
|Tangle Falls Layers|
|Tangle Falls Detail|
|Tangle Falls Close Up|
By the time we had all finished with getting our photographs, the sun was well behind the mountains to the West, and the sky had clouded over. We enjoyed a relaxing dinner at the Sumwapta Falls Resort.
SUNDAY - 2 October
This morning we went to Sumwapta Falls for sunrise. The sunrise color did not materialize, but we had a good time capturing the Falls. The water for this falls originates from the Athabasca Glacier. We spent a good amount of time composing and taking photographs and doing a bit of exploring.
From the bridge over the falls area you also get a good view of the mountains. I explored down stream from the Upper Falls and followed the falls below through a narrow gorge. It opens up with nice view downstream with the water still being that glacial blue in color.
|Below Sumwapta Falls|
|Medicine Lake from Shore|
|Color on Edge of Burn Area|
|A Touch of Color|
|A Bare Aspen Grove|
Once again we were in quest of wildlife. We took in the views and scenery along the way. Finally we were rewarded with seeing a fairly large black bear up slope of us. The bear was feeding on berries, etc., and hung around for about an hour. Of course, it was the hour before sunset, and he was in the shade, but with the use of a high ISO I was able to capture a few good shots of it.
|Black Bear Looking|
|On the Look Out|