The Columbia Ice Field is a glacier that is magnificent to look at, but difficult to photograph because all perspective is lost. Also, it looks like a picture of a white rabbit in a show drift, if you know what I mean.
The snow was a delight! It made everything look so clean and pretty. The Canadian Rockies appear to be so much more jagged and rugged than the Colorado Rockies. The rock faces tower over the tree line for what looks like several thousand feet. It is truly awe inspiring.
We saw several caribou, but they were moving too fast or were inside the tree line so I never go to take a picture. Maybe sometime in the future we will stumble across a slow one.
We went through coal-mining country this morning, and there were several large strip mines adjacent to the highway. We tried to take pictures, but there was no pull off that would let us get a good picture.
The scenery today was beautiful, but in truth, could not match the absolute grandeur of yesterday. Today the highway was a strip of pavement in the middle of the densest forest I have ever seen. It was like Colorado except there were no rocky bald patches or dead trees. It was just different shades of green as far as the eye could see. There were different kinds of evergreens and the aspen were just starting to leaf out. The mountains were not as majestic as what we saw yesterday, and every square inch was covered with vegetation. In some places the forest was so thick I don’t know how an elk or caribou could make it through with those wide antlers. I enjoyed today, but I would go back to the Banff-Jasper area in a heartbeat. It would take 100 professional photographers 100 years to capture the grandeur (that word again) I saw from the road. Words just have no power to express it.