Dear Reader (2020-08-16),
Today’s post is the third day and hike of my 3 day camping trip along the Icefields Parkway. The previous two walking reports (13, 14) covered the previous two days.
Thursday July 30 – Bow Glacier Falls < 9 km – Out and Back
The day begins with coffee, a short wander to the water’s edge (01 – Waterfowl Lake), camp tear down, and packing. Vultures looking for a camping spot are circling through the campground. I speak to a pair of friendly and appreciative vultures, and let them know my campsite will be free in a half hour or so. I recognized the couple’s camper from the previous night. As I was sipping scotch by a fire, they were late arrivals looking for a campsite and had found nothing. As I finish packing, they register, and then wait on the road until I leave.
I drive a short way south to Bow Lake and park near the Num-Ti-Jah Lodge (02), which is closed this year. In normal years, the place would be bustling with people coming and going. This year there are two summer employees painting chairs red. The lodge looks forlorn and abandoned.
The first half or so of the walk is nearly flat, as it goes around the north end of Bow Lake. The trail then turns away from the lake to follow a creek. There is a set of stairs. Once upon a time, I’m sure the steps had a reasonable run and rise. With time the stairs have slipped, slid, and become stairs for giants. I climb them in a series of deep knee bends. Just past the top of the stairs there is the first lookout of the falls. I pause to pepper a couple of conservation officers with questions, which they happily answer.
The falls are surprisingly difficult to photograph, as there doesn’t seem to be a good angle from which to capture the water falling vertically. Only one of the walk’s many panoramas (06) make it to this post. On the walk back to the lodge I photograph a log for Keith (07). I then turn the truck towards home – it has been a good 3 days. Later in post-processing, I decide to give many of today’s images a copper tone to give them some continuity. I also like selenium toning but that seems too blue for these vistas.
FYI: As you are scrolling through the filmstrip please note that you can click on any image and see the image with a nice dark background and no annoying band across the top.
As always, your comments are sought and welcomed.
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