A wander up to Boom Lake

On the suggestion of a reader (thanks Jo Ann!), I hiked up to Boom Lake on the western edge of the Banff National Park near the British Columbia – Alberta border.  The trail is a gentle ~5km hike complicated only by a bit of snow, ice and mud given the time of year.  I enjoyed the walk through the trees and over the numerous streams.  The lake appears suddenly and is walled in on the far side by Boom Mountain.


I would have thought the name came from the sound of the avalanches whose tears down the slopes can be seen in several places.  However, I found that the lake was named Boom owing to the driftwood created by the trees that are pushed into the water by the avalanches.


Many of these logs are submerged but a large number have collected at the eastern end and where they poke out of the water suggested a logger’s boom to the person who formally named the lake in 1908.  I found that interesting as I did the lake itself.


I scrambled over the rocks along the shore for a couple of kilometres while the wind, snow, sun all wrestled overhead, as they often do in these mountains.


Winter’s teeth have yet to be bared with any sincerity so it felt more like mid-October than mid-November.  This little patch of vegetation drew my eye on the way down, the shock of color seemed a direct challenge to colder weather while the ice frozen over the leaf suggested its inevitability.  Needless to say, I enjoyed my random thoughts and musings as I strolled back down the trail.


24 responses

  1. Beautiful clicks 🙂

    March 4, 2017 at 12:39 am

  2. Reblogged this on Wonderful Places In The World.

    February 26, 2017 at 9:14 am

  3. Wonderfull pictures, loved it

    November 29, 2016 at 9:14 pm

  4. Thank you for sharing your awesome photos of places I will never have the chance to see in person!

    November 28, 2016 at 7:01 am

  5. Jim Streeter

    so many wonderful places to go in that area, thanks for sharing

    November 24, 2016 at 5:38 pm

  6. Love the low view that takes in the rocky foreground as well as the distant mountain-and the colour-wow! The last one is a real treat for its vibrance.

    November 23, 2016 at 10:31 pm

  7. Frosty


    November 23, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    • Thank you Frosty – it was a little chilly but great for hiking.

      November 24, 2016 at 7:07 am

  8. These pictures are breathtaking!

    November 23, 2016 at 10:36 am

  9. Spectacular images!

    November 23, 2016 at 5:23 am

  10. Reblogged this on clawingmywayin.

    November 22, 2016 at 8:21 pm

  11. Do you use a polarizing filter for the great water transparency?

    November 22, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    • Hi Alan – you’re absolutely right, that’s the one filter I always have with me. During the middle of the day it offers hope of getting the lights and darks within my camera’s dynamic range. Here it did allow me to cut through the reflections in the water’s surface.



      November 22, 2016 at 10:12 pm

  12. stunning photos 🙂

    November 22, 2016 at 11:50 am

  13. Brilliant landscapes.

    November 22, 2016 at 11:14 am

  14. Might you consider granting your permission for me to spotlight your photography on WordlessWednesday? I’d share a collection of your images as well as the link to your blog/site, and of course credit you specifically as the amazing photographer. ??

    November 22, 2016 at 8:10 am

    • Hello Morgan,

      Thank you for your note and request. I would be honoured.

      Please accept this reply as approval.

      I truly appreciate you spotlighting my work.

      Warmest regards,


      November 22, 2016 at 9:20 am

      • Thank You so much Chris 🙂 Im delighted to share your amazing talent and breathtaking work. I will get started and share it tomorrow. The link /pingback to your blog will alert you when it’s been posted.

        November 22, 2016 at 9:38 am

  15. Just gorgeous ❤

    November 22, 2016 at 8:07 am

  16. Fotografias extraordinárias e de muita sensibilidade. Meu abraço.

    November 22, 2016 at 7:50 am

  17. Great photographs!

    November 22, 2016 at 7:46 am

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