Ascension by whuang

Back in my HS days I was mesmerized by this wintry sunrise photo of mountains with a frozen lake. For the longest time I never knew where that photo was taken or what mountains were in the shot. Needless to say that very shot was Vermilion Lakes.

Fast forward more than 10 years later I finally had the opportunity of visiting and shooting the famed Vermilion Lakes. The dipping temperatures of November began freezing the lake shorelines and an overnight dusting of snow helped cover everything in a pristine white. To my luck sunrise provided ample cloud coverage that burned a vivid red while light beams emerged from behind Mt. Rundle.

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Ice Cometh by ihozjan

With the first dump of snow behind, and the first big ice sheet forming, Lake Louise looked perfectly wintry this day.

There have been two heavy storms subsequently, and our November in the Canadian Rockies has quickly turned to winter —-after a beautiful autumn.

Banff National Park, Canada

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Mt. Victoria and Lake Louise, Banff Ntl Park, AB by srubey

On this particularly chilly morning last October, the sky was absolutely clear all but for a group of clouds hiding one of the main subjects of my photograph, Mt. Victoria. Thankfully, at the exact moment the sun crested the horizon, they parted just enough to catch a glimpse of the mountain and add some drama to the scene in front of me.

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