Kootenay Landscape: Along the Vermilion River

Bobbi and I drove with the kids up to Lake Louise for a hike on Sunday.  The walk around the north side of the lake was nice and the kids had a lot of fun. Not much time to photograph, too busy throwing rocks in the water with Kian and Kezia, but there was some interesting light on the mountainsides when I did stop for a minute.

On the drive back we went on a detour along Highway 93 into the Kootenay National Park.  We turned around before Vermilion Crossing at the point where Floe Creek joins the Vermilion River which runs down the spine of the valley.  Kootenay National Park has had several large forest fires in the past 40 years and there are huge stretches of matchstick trees.  Under these ravaged trunks, evergreens have taken hold and bring color into the hillsides.  In the rivers, glacial silt paints the water a lovely blue.  Strong lines in the river’s canyon walls and in the burned out forest.  A lot of great elements to choose from and work with.


Here are a few images from this bend in the river.

4 responses

  1. woah! that boulder with the zig-zag crack is something. glad you threw rocks with kids. glad you are taking and sharing photos

    May 22, 2012 at 8:17 am

    • If the crack had been on my side of the river I would have loved to investigate as that looked really unusual. Powerful geology at work it would seem.

      May 22, 2012 at 8:44 am

  2. You’re not messing with us, right? That’s the color of the water? Beautiful.

    May 22, 2012 at 5:31 am

    • No messing around – that is the true color! It can vary with time of day and what the light fighting through in the sky but this is what you would see if you walked along the river. It is beautiful.

      May 22, 2012 at 8:43 am

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