Zooming along Canada's Highway #One. Signs gave lots of warning for the turnoff to Lake Louise.
"Let's go see the lake in the winter."
A quick exit followed by a short, but steep drive brought us to the parking lot. We hike here in the summers (click on link to see a photo of the lake in warmer times), but hadn't seen it in the winter.
The lake was frozen, and a large skating area cleared of snow. A beautiful castle wall created from ice stood in the center of the skating area. The setting sun, shadowed by clouds, gave a bit of glow to the scene. In front of the Chateau Lake Louise were ice sculptures. My two favourites are shown above. What a difficult medium to work in. Several sculptures referenced the Olympics.
A friendly young couple visiting from Wales took the iconic photo of the two of us in front of the lake and mountains. When I snapped the photo of Tim leaning against the ice castle wall, I bumped up the exposure a little. What a difference that made, as evidenced by the darker photo he took of me.
I'm always attracted to the sight of a little cabin tucked against the forest in the snow. I imagine how peaceful it would be to spend a couple of weeks there, reading, walking, and not doing much of anything.
After all of my years living in the tropics, I'm not yet tired of snow. I'm certain I would be if it was a constant presence for many months. But I get my snow in small batches and find it beautiful. It makes me happy to see a white-covered landscape, to hear the crunch when I walk in it, and to feel the tingle in my fingers and toes and ears and nose from the cold.
Linking to Sunlit Sunday, hosted by Karen of My Little Home and Garden, and to Mosaic Monday, hosted by Mary of the Little Red House.