Thursday, September 04, 2014

Beauty in the Wild



Yes, there was snow. None at first, then just a little beside the trail and soon we were crunching through the snow that fell yesterday, softened a little and froze again overnight.
 

The temperature was perfect for hiking, not too cold, not too warm. We hiked up to Chester Lake and then around the lake, picking our way along the scree on one side. We are so thankful that we are both strong and healthy enough to enjoy these excursions into the semi-wilderness.
 

Here's a photo of a Vancouver Island tree-hugger in the Alberta Rockies. Notice the new hiking boots? They made the hike even more pleasant.
 

A view on the way down. You'll notice most of the snow disappeared as we descended. But the vistas were just as awe-inspiring.

Confession time: These photos were taken with my husband's I-Phone. I lugged my new camera all the way up and back, but after a couple of photos at the beginning, my battery died. I was rationing photos because I forgot my battery charger at home. The last charge disappeared rather quickly. I'll know better next time. And an extra battery might be included in my bag! 

33 comments:

Mrs.Rabe said...

Again, beautiful mountains. I used to hike in California - Yosemite, Sequoia, the San Gabriels….

Deanna

ellen b. said...

Those boots looks great and substantial. What beautiful scenery!

Millie said...

Gorgeous scenes! But snow...oh, No!

Deborah Montgomery said...

that snow looks so refreshing, really! It's still so hot and muggy here. What a beautiful place!

Cheryl said...

You two look like you're having great fun...and why not? Such beautiful scenery, time away, time together, and, as you say, strong and healthy enough to enjoy it!

Marigold Jam said...

How lucky your husband had his phone and that it has a camera as to have missed these photo opportunities would have been a real shame as you couldn't then have shared the hike with us. Having the right boots on makes all the difference to a walk doesn't it? Beautiful photos thanks for sharing.

cucki said...

It's so beautiful and I love snow :)

Connie said...

Thank your husband for us, because these photos are wonderful and it was great tagging along on your hike. Our Lord sure does know how to create beauty:)
So happy that you are enjoying your lovely trip.
Connie :)

lindaakacraftygardener said...

The first snow is always welcomed. We saw all about it on the weather network. Here is is very hot and humid for the beginning of September.
Extra batteries are something I always carry with me. The camera phones do a fantastic job now. I've even got a lens that I can add to my iPhone. How did we survive without modern technology?

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Stunning scenery! Were you hugging that one particular tree because it was a little homely looking? LOL Nice hiking boots.

materfamilias said...

Doesn't seem to matter what camera you get your mitts on, you still take glorious photos!

Rettabug said...

Outstanding photos...gives me chills just looking at that snow!
I think the photos are great.
Such a neat place to visit...you're smart to go now while you both can walk & climb with ease. DH can't do that now.

Tuna Lures said...

superb clicks sir....enjoyyyyyyy...
Tuna Lures Australia

Veralynne Malone said...

Beautiful!!!!! I live in Florida...I never get to see snow.....so I enjoy everyone else pictures....Thanks for posting!

My Little Home and Garden said...

The snow was a bit of a surprise for this time of year, but the photos of the mountains are gorgeous. You and has husband look fit and happy!

Karen

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

The photos are gorgeous, though.

AFTER I recovered from Snow-Shock ! :)

Anneliese said...

Beautiful photos even with the cell phone! Cell phone photos are good for blogging because they upload so quickly. Sometimes I chose those on our trip for that reason. =)Great hiking boots!

Happy@Home said...

What a gorgeous place to go hiking. I must admit the snow was a surprise to see at this time of year.

Pamela Gordon said...

The prairie skies are so beautiful (your previous post) and as varied as the landscape. I heard there was snow near Banff on Wednesday. How fun that you were there and got to hike in it! Our plane from Calgary was delayed yesterday morning as it had to be de-iced!! It was +4 and there was frost on parts of it. Better to be safe I guess. Beautiful scenery in the mountains. I don't think I'd be prepared to hike in snow though. I have learned to carry an extra battery with me and to bring my charger when I'm away from home more than a day. Thankfully, my camera came with a spare battery! :)

Heather Robinson said...

The definition of breath-taking. :)

Decor To Adore said...

I adore the tree hugger and her great boots! Fantastic images.

I also wanted to thank you for your kind comments and wonderful friendship. You are a treasure. Have a blessed week!

Donna said...

What a beautiful place to hike! Yes, it is great to celebrate that you can still do it. Such incredible beauty all around you on that jaunt. The iPhone did a terrific job to document the story.

And I had to laugh about the battery confession. I always recommend extra batteries. Batteries drain extra fast in cold weather too, so that fact contributed to the demise of yours. I went through 3 batteries each day up in Churchill when we photographed polar bears, and then charged them up in the evenings when we got back to the motel room.

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Oh how quickly the seasons change in the mountains! Wonderful shots of a beautiful part of Canada, thanks for sharing Lorrie (and love the boots!)

Helen Philipps said...

Beautiful mountain scenery, what an amazing place to hike. Your photos are wonderful :)
Happy weekend.
Helen xox

Marilyn said...

Beautiful! What a perfect place to hike and noticed the hiking boots too. Very nice! My husband and I have been talking about hiking maybe in the Spring to find wildflowers.

Pondside said...

I could almost smell the mountain air. Glorious! We've been caught in August and September snow in the Rockies - it makes for great memories.

Mary Cromer said...

I love images like this, so beautiful!

cucki said...

So beautiful x

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Your iphone photos are spectacular Lorrie.
Since I was a little girl I've loved mountains, they have a special aura.

Yes we are lucky to be fit and healthy and able to do these enjoyable things.

Love the boots!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I-phone or not, these are gorgeous photos! The Canadian Rockies are very majestic!

Ida said...

What a beautiful hike you had. I am so not ready for snow but it sure looks pretty.

aimee said...

Beautiful! There is something about the mountains that just touches my soul! Thank you SO much for posting these:)
Blessings,
Aimee

Mary said...

Tree hugging, new boots, No batteries! You still are sharing great pics though and obviously had a wonderful hike in the snow.

Mary x