Just like yesterday, once again I needed to test the waters before committing to spending an extended period of time being out & about. I believe this morning was the coldest temperature I have ever experienced. With layers of wool and down, from head to toe, I braved it early for fine scenery shots with little hassle of avoiding a multitude of folks. Lakes are a trending theme for this escape and this is the creek just before Lake Louise. I like when there is open water in winter.
Every winter an ice castle is built on Lake Louise and the area around it is maintained as a skating rink. I opted to leave my skates back at the suite for now, and chose to hike across the Lake, starting off by making my way through the ice castle door.
What's winter without a snow angel? Here's mine at the center of frozen, snow covered Lake Louise framed at the back by Mount Victoria.
With the proper gear on, I didn't mind being out & about. This was a pretty place to be this morning and I just wanted to feel the moment. By the end of the hike, my brown hair was frosty white, I felt invigorated and ready to get to another lake.
Emerald Lake was covered in cross country ski tracks but there were untouched sections in meadow areas of that dreamy pillowy snow.
At the far end of the Lake, there were options for skiers to head off in different directions that looked like this. I carried on with the Loop.
I wasn't ready to call it a day yet, so aimed for Peaceful Pond adding on another 45 minutes.
It was peaceful and beautiful and led to more open water on the way back.
I safely found a way down to the creek side.
The lighting, mountain, trees, open water snow mounds and shadows made for such a scene.