I arrived at the edge of Moraine Lake before sunrise to make sure I was set up to catch the sun as it kissed the peaks of the mountain tops. As I stepped out of the car, I was hit by an almost wintery blast of cold air with the temperature just above freezing. I didn’t realize it, but at an altitude just over 6000 feet, the lake doesn’t begin to melt until June which is when I was there.
I was about an hour too early, so the smarter photographers still were at home. I did manage to set up and returned to the car to warm up for a while. It also gave me a great opportunity to enjoy the serenity and beauty of the scene.
The water is an amazing color, almost turquoise from the glacier melt. The lake is located in the Valley of the Ten Peaks, and is surrounded by mountains, waterfalls, and rock piles. It was so stunning it almost seemed unreal.
Lake Louise and Moraine Lake both are located in Banff National Park with Moraine Lake being about 9 miles southeast of Lake Louise.
While Lake Louise is beautiful and is better known, I believe the beauty of Moraine Lake surpasses that of Lake Louise. Lake Moraine always is on the lists of the most beautiful places in the world. It is a glacier-fed lake at an elevation just over 6000 feet.You be the judge, but a bit of discomfort was worth capturing the moment.
Keywords: #alberta canada, #banff national park, #canada, #canadian rockies, #landscape photography, #nature photography, glacial lake scene, sunlit mountain tops
Breathtaking! When we’re you there?
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