So I finally made it up to Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada. Yesterday, I was forced off the beaten path when I tried to visit Moraine Lake earlier than I had arrived there a couple of days prior. I was going back looking for a better position of the sun for my photos. Upon arriving, the parking lot was full and blocked for entry. (Apparently, 11:30 is not early enough to get the worm. Who knew??)
So I drove back towards my campground looking for a random hike. I found the Travis Lake trailhead just off the Canadian Intercontinental highway.
The great thing about this stretch of road which cuts through the park is that they have engineered a fencing system to keep the wildlife safe from the traffic. Factoid- There are 44 wildlife crossings above and below the highway to allow safe passage across for the animals. I have yet to see any roadkill.
I hiked but I never made it to the lake as I had not planned to go on a hike and didn’t have enough water with me. Halfway there, I was already thirsty and my feet were starting to blister, so I turned around.
Any hike is a good hike, and this was no exception. I found myself mushroom hunting and got lots of great iPhone shots of my little shroom friends among other neat little treasures. I enjoy extreme close-ups and finding interesting geometric shapes in nature. So this is mostly a photo essay for you to enjoy what beauty I saw along the trail. So scroll down and be in Banff National Park for a few moments out of your day!
Little guy just hanging out on the edge…
Like birds on a wire…
Another great pop of color.
I was tend to wonder ‘How did this one flower successfully make it right here in this spot’. If it was such a great spot, wouldn’t there be a whole bunch of other flowers there as well? Maybe this one’s a rebel.
Seems to have cilia underneath…. I had to touch it, and it was soft and delicate. If I get a rash….
Again, very cool undersides. This one’s kind of a show off. You don’t have to get under it much to see it. It’s all like “look at me, I’m a HEPA filter”.
Hard to capture with photography, but the tops of these kind of look like glass. They were a bit surreal.
My least favorite yet I still wanted to include it.
That’s all, your little journey is over, and as Old Single Mom always says, ‘Carry on…’
It was nice seeing you here…