I went to bed last night feeling a strong desire to be hugged by wintry rocky mountain scenery. I like wandering along the shore of Lake Minniwanka in Banff National Park at this time of year so I picked that as my destination to bring my desire to fruition.
With sunrise being so late right now, I did not have to leave the city early to catch it. But, I did anyway! I arrived at the Lake Minniwanka parking lot to see no other vehicles. It was bitterly cold, and the sun had not come up yet. I layered up and aimed for the shore. It was incredibly peaceful and oh so beautiful. The only sound I heard was the ice movement and water gurgling. The lake was not fully frozen and not safe to venture onto. Conditions were perfect for the symphony. I threw a rock and it slide far across the smooth ice putting on quite a performance. Have you heard that kind of music before? It is amazing to hear!
The views offered an odd coloring which I did not know how to capture but I tried my best.
in the still of the morning
glowing and reflecting
I should have brought some Christmas decorations to dress up this tree!
Now almost back at the beginning I was seeing things I did not see earlier before the sun came up.
It was time to depart Lake Minniwanka and drive over to Vermilion Lakes to see what they were offering today. I have seen this Lake under many conditions but never have I seen it looking this pretty. Back in November I saw people skating on the lake. Today, no way! This was not the wintry scene I was expecting here.
This view boggled my mind!
I received so much more hugging than I anticipated I would.