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Banff from my Point of View - Part 1

Published February 25th, 2012

I thought I'd test out the new story feature here on 500px. In building this story I tried to use, primarily, previously unpublished images. This feature is limited to a maximum of 10 images so this will be part one.

Banff National Park (pronunciation: /ˈbæmf/) is Canada's oldest national park, established in 1885 in the Rocky Mountains. The park, located 110–180 km (68–110 mi) west of Calgary in the province of Alberta, encompasses 6,641 km2 (2,564 sq mi)[3] of mountainous terrain, with numerous glaciers and ice fields, dense coniferous forest, and alpine landscapes. The Icefields Parkway extends from Lake Louise, connecting to Jasper National Park in the north. Provincial forests and Yoho National Park are neighbours to the west, while Kootenay National Park is located to the south and Kananaskis Country to the southeast. The main commercial centre of the park is the town of Banff, in the Bow River valley.

The Canadian Pacific Railway was instrumental in Banff's early years, building the Banff Springs Hotel and Chateau Lake Louise, and attracting tourists through extensive advertising. In the early 20th century, roads were built in Banff, at times by war internees, and through Great Depression-era public works projects. Since the 1960s, park accommodations have been open all year, with annual tourism visits to Banff increasing to over 5 million in the 1990s.[4] Millions more pass through the park on the Trans-Canada Highway.[5] As Banff is one of the world's most visited national parks,[6] the health of its ecosystem has been threatened. In the mid-1990s, Parks Canada responded by initiating a two-year study, which resulted in management recommendations, and new policies that aim to preserve ecological integrity.

From Wikipedia.


Drummond Anemone

These pretty flowers are prevalent in wet areas in early spring. As the sno melts these flowers spring up.

  • June 20th, 2010
  • NIKON D200
  • 100mm / f/11 / 1/750 sec

Spring at Moraine Lake

Spring comes late to the Moraine Lake area. The lake levels are low since the high mountain runoff doesn't start until late spring/early summer. The amazing color of the mountain lakes comes from ground up rock particles, called rock flour, which reflects the blue light of the spectrum more than other colors.

  • June 19th, 2010
  • NIKON D200
  • 13mm / f/16 / 1/6 sec

Dawn at Castle Mountain

Castle Mountain is one of Banff's more well known peaks, and is located midway between Banff, and Lake Louise. The sun lit up the clouds briefly before the sun gave way to the clouds.

  • September 28th, 2009
  • NIKON D200
  • 11mm / f/16 / 4 sec

Mists of the Lake

An overcast day at lake Louise.

  • November 7th, 2010
  • NIKON D200
  • 13mm / f/11 / 1/15 sec

A Trio of Drummond Anemones

Photographed near Lake Louise, Alberta.

  • June 20th, 2010
  • NIKON D200
  • 100mm / f/11 / 1/500 sec

A Winter's Walk

People frequently walk, and ski, along the surface of a frozen, Lake Louise. Most go as far as the end of the Lake and return along the walking trail.

  • January 24th, 2010
  • NIKON D200
  • 52mm / f/11 / 1/125 sec

Taylow Lake

This was photographed on a, primarily, rainy day at Taylor Lake. This beautiful mountain lake is reached after a 6km hike (one way) off highway one.

  • August 19th, 2008
  • NIKON D200
  • 28mm / f/22 / 1/30 sec

Larch Valley

This beautiful hanging valley is one of the more frequently visited trails in Banff National Park. The trail starts at Moraine Lake.

  • July 13th, 2008
  • NIKON D200
  • 35mm / f/22 / 1/40 sec

A Spring Grizzly

Bears are frequently seen feeding on dandelions along the edges of the mountain roadways.

  • June 8th, 2011
  • NIKON D200
  • 500mm / f/6.3 / 1/125 sec

Dawn Johnson

Sunrise at Johnson Lake in Banff National Park

  • April 25th, 2010
  • NIKON D200
  • 11mm / f/16 / 1/1.428571 sec

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Stuart Gordon  over 6 years ago

Great images. I'm inspired to get myself to the Canadian Rockies.

Neil Jolly  over 6 years ago

Thanks Gordon! I'm pleased to hear that you enjoyed this story. More to come...

Scott Smorra  over 6 years ago

Very cool Story Neil. This is an outstanding collection of images. I really liked the Dawn at Castle Mountain and Winter's Walk images. Thanks for sharing.

Neil Jolly  over 6 years ago

Thanks Scott! Glad you liked them. Stay tuned for part 2!