Duck, Duck, Eagle

Vermillion Lakes just outside of the City of Banff offers an excellent spot for viewing all kinds of wildlife.

When we were there in Spring, it was raining as a snowstorm dropped snow in the mountains in Banff National Park, Canada.

Enjoy these photos!

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Hooded Merganser. Sure wish I could have gotten just a little closer to this little guy. I love the water droplets on the water.
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Cinnamon Teal – You can’t really see their red eyes in this photo. I sure love the drop of water falling off its bill.
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As the snowstorm covers the mountains in the clouds a bald eagle perches at the top of a tree.

Lake Minnewanka

Lake Minnewanka during a rainy sunrise in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.

This black and white panorama is two photos merged together.

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Banff Gondola + 3 Trip Tips

Take the Banff Gondola ride to the top for breathtaking views of the city of Banff and the surrounding mountains in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.

TripTip #1: Buy tickets online before you get there so you don’t have to wait in the long lines. And, get there early. The parking lot fills up quickly!

TripTip #2: The weather changes quickly. It was pouring rain when we arrived at the top, but quickly turned into a gorgeous day with amazing views.

TripTip #3: Before or after going up on the gondola, walk over to the Banff Upper Hotsprings, which is located next door.

To view the full images or learn more about each photo, visit my “Shot Shorts” blog on WallnerPhotography.com

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Moraine Lake

A very popular place to visit in the Canadian Mountains is Moraine Lake in Banff National Park.

Get there early to capture the sun hitting the tops of the mountain peaks across Moraine Lake.

Trip Tip: Moraine Lake gets crowded quickly. In the summer, be sure to get there before 8:00 a.m. because the parking lot fills up fast.

We were there on a cloudy morning and still captured astonishing photos.

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Moraine Lake Cloudy Sunrise

Moraine Lake

Columbian Ground Squirrel

The only critter we saw on our hike to the Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House in Banff National Park, Canada.

A Columbian Ground Squirrel. She’s so cute!

Sure is cute!Columbian Ground Squirrel

Helicopter Takeoff

After hiking up to the Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House, the helicopter that was bring supplies to and from the tea house was heading back to Lake Louise.

Here’s a video of a helicopter taking off from the Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House near Lake Louise in Banff National Park, Canada.

Behind the helicopter as it’s getting ready to takeoff you can see a few of the glaciers. The helicopter was bringing supplies to the tea house.

I love the backdrop of the mountains you see behind the helicopter.

Helicopter Supplies

We lucked out on our trip to the Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House and saw the “coming and goings” of the supplies to and from the tea house.

Love seeing the helicopter fly across the mountains!

 

Avalanche on Mount Lefroy

On our hike up to Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House, we saw an avalanche on Mount Lefroy in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada, near Lake Louise.

Sorry for the windy audio!

Avalanche screenshot

6 Striking Reflections of Lake Louise

Lake Louise is definitely an early morning destination you won’t want to miss if you’re in Banff National Park, Canada.

Lake Louise is world famous for its turquoise lakes, the Victoria Glacier (in the middle of each photo), surrounded on the by Fairmont Mountain (left) and Mount Victoria (right).

Which one is your favorite?

Enjoy the photos (click images to view larger photos).

First Blush
“First Blush”
Morning Peak
“Morning Peak”
Sunrise Splash
“Sunrise Splash”
First Light
“First Light’
Dawning
“Dawning”
Break of Day
“Break of Day”

Fairmont Chateau at Lake Louise

Lake Louise is a hot spot not to be missed if you travel to Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.

And, Fairmont Chateau is one of the attractions at this location.

Enjoy these early morning gorgeous photos of Fairmont Chateau from various vantage points.

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Morning Radiance
Sunrise hits the mountain range behind the Fairmont Chateau at Lake Louise in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.
Chateau Sunup
The Fairmont Chateau reflection in the early morning Lake Louise calm in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.
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The Fairmont Chateau sits at the far end of Lake Louise.
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The Fairmont Chateau sits at the far end of Lake Louise with the stunning mountain range resting behind it in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada. The mountain range from left to right – Whitehorn Mountain, Unity Peak, Lipalian Mountain.