Rocky Mountain Landscapes: Dawn at the Vermilion Lakes in Banff

It was -14°C on Sunday morning when I walked down the path to the shore of the first Vermilion Lake just west of Banff.  The lakes are largely frozen over after several days of cold weather.  A great benefit to birds, photographers and other wild creatures are the hot springs that bleed into the lake from different spots around the lakes.  For photographers, the warm springs keep patches of water ice-free throughout the winter.

I have a couple of favourite locations across the three lakes including this one.  Arguably it has the best view of Mount Rundle.  On this morning, the warm water had cut a winding path out across the lake and I enjoyed playing with the composition of this element with the sky, the mountain and all of the reflections.  When I arrived it was still dark but the sky was showing great promise.  The clouds pushed up towards Rundle and parked there as the sun neared the horizon catching the warm light beautifully.  A very nice place to photograph landscapes on a very nice morning.

3 responses

  1. These are gorgeous photos!

    November 28, 2011 at 1:31 pm

  2. Hi…..Thanks so much for sharing these pictures, I used to live in Banff and these moments that you captured are what I think about all the time. I love Banff. That place has some kind of magic. Beautiful photography. 🙂

    November 28, 2011 at 12:22 pm

  3. I love Banff! My most favorite picture that I have ever taken is of Lake Louise when we went to the Banff Film Festival. It is a very photogenic place. Lovely pictures, I hope you are enjoying your time there!

    November 10, 2011 at 4:14 am

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