Canmore/Banff Day Two, Cave And Basin

We stopped on the side of the highway to take some pictures, unfortunately none of them really turned out because the vantage point was terrible at the “lookout” and I wasn’t willing to stand in the middle of the highway; but we had fun.day-2-cave-and-basin-1.jpg

Still the view was pretty good and I even enjoyed it while I was packing up. That’s an Induro AB2 tripod.day-2-cave-and-basin-2.jpg

After our walk in the canyon we decided to go to the Cave And Basin National Historic Site. It’s the birth place of Canada’s National Parks System you know. They’re also working hard to protect cute little endangered snails there.

Taking pictures in dark places with a flash is funny. Check out the pupils! I think my face was like that because I was trying to hold the camera and aim the lens in the dark.day-2-cave-and-basin-3.jpg

These are long exposures inside the cave.day-2-cave-and-basin-4.jpgday-2-cave-and-basin-5.jpg

In the main courtyard where the hot springs pool used to be (it’s now a pond) there was this great wringer on a brilliant turquoise wall.day-2-cave-and-basin-6.jpg

There was this staircase to/from the boardwalk and I thought it was quite funny, apparently all the people use the same size.day-2-cave-and-basin-7.jpg

Outside the main entrance was this ancient looking drain, it’s all corroded, mineral caked and growing moss.day-2-cave-and-basin-8.jpg

Canmore/Banff Day Two, Ice Walk

On the second day we went for a little walk to the lower and upper falls in Johnston Canyon, as always we started by reading the informational display… as we always do. Check out that sweet walking stick.canmore-day-2-ice-walk-1.jpg

Early on she was still full of energy and happy to be carrying two thermoses and lunch.canmore-day-2-ice-walk-2.jpg

Awww so happy together.canmore-day-2-ice-walk-4.jpg

Much like everything else on this walk, it was far more interesting in person.canmore-day-2-ice-walk-8.jpg

This rock formation was very cool… in person.canmore-day-2-ice-walk-7.jpg

Jill was getting a bit tired at this point.canmore-day-2-ice-walk-3.jpg

Especially of having her picture taken.canmore-day-2-ice-walk-10.jpg

But she carried on! Even letting me take a picture that would include the jeans she borrowed from me (to fit over her various long underwear and sweat pants.canmore-day-2-ice-walk-15.jpg

Then something caused a fight.canmore-day-2-ice-walk-21.jpg

So we stopped to take pictures of it.canmore-day-2-ice-walk-22.jpg

That ended the fight.canmore-day-2-ice-walk-14.jpg

It’s not really just two waterfalls there are a few on the way, I guess they’re the extra super duper lower falls.canmore-day-2-ice-walk-11.jpg

They make a good excuse for a tired fat man to take a rest.canmore-day-2-ice-walk-12.jpg

I find it very interestring the face of the falls stay frozen and the back melts.canmore-day-2-ice-walk-13.jpg

I was done resting and wanted to contine on, but Jill was still tired so she used the camera as an excuse to wait longer.canmore-day-2-ice-walk-19.jpg

So I took another picture of her.canmore-day-2-ice-walk-16.jpg

Oh look more falls.canmore-day-2-ice-walk-20.jpg

Then poof you’re at the lower falls.canmore-day-2-ice-walk-6.jpg

Two years ago the vale of ice was so thin you could see all the water moving behind it.canmore-day-2-ice-walk-9.jpg

Great, on to the upper falls, yikes that’s a lot of ice.canmore-day-2-ice-walk-17.jpg

Something caused a little waterfall across the trail that froze over.canmore-day-2-ice-walk-18.jpg

This rock formation was also very interesting… in person.canmore-day-2-ice-walk-45.jpg

.We had some lunch, good thing we brought all that coffee.canmore-day-2-ice-walk-34.jpg

Coffee goes well with lunch meat and cheese on hamburger buns.canmore-day-2-ice-walk-35.jpg

Oh look, another rock formation, very interesting…if you’re actually there.canmore-day-2-ice-walk-43.jpg

I have no idea why there is an anchor cemented to the side of the trail.canmore-day-2-ice-walk-44.jpg

We got to the upper falls and I promptly hopped over the railing down onto the ice.canmore-day-2-ice-walk-27.jpg

That’s the really great thing about being a grown-up, You can do all kings of fun things involving climbing on things. Getting down wasn’t so graceful and Jill didn’t want to try. In the end getting back up was pretty easy though.canmore-day-2-ice-walk-24.jpg

It was so bright out that the longest exposure I could get was one second at f/32 ISO 100 in the shade.canmore-day-2-ice-walk-23.jpg

The falls are very mineral rich, sometimes more rich than others, and this shows in the ice. We told a bunch of Brits that a gigantic Canadian deer peed up there, and they thought that was funny… Briton must not be very funny.canmore-day-2-ice-walk-25.jpg

That’s a lot of ice.canmore-day-2-ice-walk-26.jpg

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There was a big ice hunk under an over hang.canmore-day-2-ice-walk-32.jpg

Ice up close.canmore-day-2-ice-walk-30.jpgcanmore-day-2-ice-walk-29.jpgcanmore-day-2-ice-walk-28.jpg

More rocks that you need to see in person.canmore-day-2-ice-walk-42.jpg

The catwalk to the lower falls as seen from above.canmore-day-2-ice-walk-39.jpg

Some parts of the trail were kind of snowed over, I bet this is easier in the summer.canmore-day-2-ice-walk-40.jpg

This moss was neat, I look forward to seeing it in the summer.canmore-day-2-ice-walk-41.jpg

I lagged behind Jill to take some pictures, when I got down she had hot tea and a snack when I got there.canmore-day-2-ice-walk-46.jpg

Canmore/Banff Day One

In Celebration of the 5th anniversary of our wedding, as usual, we went to Canmore Alberta (25th through the 28th).

We arrived in Canmore and then went to Banff to check out the Banff Gondola, which is supposed to have a boardwalk you can walk around on and see the view and so on. It’s advertised as open year round. However when we got there the lady tried to take out (insane) ~$30/person payment and just as she was about to run the card she said “Oh just to let you know the boardwalk is closed.” and we were like “Oh when it it open?” figuring that it might be just too windy or something. She replied “Uh, in the spring…” with a condescending tone. Frankly, WTH, why would we pay $30 to go up and walk around an over priced restaurant? So we left and decided to walk around instead. Though I couldn’t convince Jill to walk up to the top.canmore-day-1-2.jpgcanmore-day-1-1.jpg

It’s not a bad view from just above the parking lot.canmore-day-1-3.jpg

We even read some educational displays.canmore-day-1-4.jpgcanmore-day-1-5.jpg

Jill wanted to take a picture of me, so I figured I’d discourage her by goofing off.canmore-day-1-6.jpgIt didn’t work.

Later we went to rent movies at the Avalanche Movie Company, which is probably the coolest movie store I’ve ever been to; we look forward to going every year. Despite it being February this Mallard drake hadn’t migrated, instead he decided to hang around outside the store and eat popcorn for the winter.canmore-day-1-8.jpgAccording to the staff he pretty much never leaves.canmore-day-1-7.jpg

They have so many movies they stack them at an angle to fit them all in.canmore-day-1-9.jpgcanmore-day-1-10.jpg

Then we went back to the hotel (we always stay at the Falcon Crest Lodge because it is an excellent value) and had meatloaf.canmore-day-1-11.jpg

If you would like to improve your photography skills Edmonton Photography Classes offered by The Canadian Photography Learning Centre (The CPLC) are excellent.