Two mornings on Moraine Lake

Last weekend I spent two mornings waiting for, and then watching the sunrise, on Moraine Lake.  The two days were definitely not alike.  On Saturday morning, the clouds hung low obscuring the tips along the Valley of the Ten Peaks.  The color palette was decidedly cool.  It was reminiscent of the night before after the sun had set at Upper Kananaskis Lake.

The next day welcomed clear skies in all directions.  I would have welcomed a few clouds above the mountains to catch the alpenglow but the peaks down the valley soon did.  And that was beautiful to enjoy.  It had been a couple of years since the valley had shared this particular scene with me.


Watching the peaks glow red is stunning and I love watching that light spread down mountainsides, racing against the golden sunshine’s imminent arrival.  The transition is very fast with the alpenglow lasting 4-5 minutes before the sunshine blends in and the red disappears from the rock faces.

14 responses

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  2. Oh my! This is unreal. Absolutely breathtaking!

    September 13, 2017 at 7:15 pm

  3. Stunning scenery & photography!

    September 2, 2017 at 2:58 pm

  4. Great way to greet the day, the red jacket is perfect…a self-portrait?

    August 15, 2017 at 10:01 pm

    • It was. I wanted to add some color and a focal point in – plus it was an accurate portrayal of what I was doing mostly on the first morning.

      August 21, 2017 at 7:03 am

  5. gadaboutfam

    This is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been! Thanks for sharing.

    August 13, 2017 at 8:18 pm

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  7. Beautiful!

    August 12, 2017 at 12:05 pm

  8. Zindika

    So beautiful, that light and colours. Perfect. You’re so lucky!

    August 11, 2017 at 5:44 am

  9. Phenomenal…breathtaking. Such divine design and you were there to catch it, as usual.

    August 10, 2017 at 7:25 pm

  10. daveyone1

    Reblogged this on World4Justice : NOW! Lobby Forum..

    August 10, 2017 at 10:26 am

  11. Beautiful! Better than Lake Louise

    August 10, 2017 at 10:04 am

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  13. Reblogged this on My gmeepress.

    August 10, 2017 at 7:57 am

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