A Day at the Stunningly Beautiful Jasper National Park
I have been to Jasper many times in the last 15 years. Most of the times, it is during either summer or fall. While I have visited Jasper couple of times in winter, it was a quick trip with the family. During this lockdown, I have decided to make a trip to Jasper alone and just capture the beauty on a sunny wintery day. It was a sudden plan and wanted to pick a day when I will have sunny and warm weather. That day turned out to be December 28, 2020.
I did the loop. Edmonton - Jasper - Icefields Parkway - Abraham Lake - Rocky Mountain House - Edmonton. The pictures showcased here are mostly around Jasper and along the Icefields Parkway. There was a special photo session done at the Abraham Lake which will be a separate post.
This is my first attempt at capturing the winter beauty of Jasper. Therefore, I didn't expect to create anything unique. The goal was to capture the typical beauty of Jasper in winter. The interactions of snow, river, mountains with sun shining at its peak with a blue sky (yes, there has to be blue sky whenever I take nature pictures!!), made for some stunning looks, at least IMHO. I will indicate where the picture was taken and in some cases the name of the mountain. Unfortunately in many cases I don't exactly know the name of the mountain. The day finished with some stunning full moon over the mountains which was truly breathtaking.
The description is below each picture. Fair warning, many pictures are panoramas!
Somewhere on Icefields Parkway, my trusted vehicle within the beauty of nature!
Road to Lake Annette. The early morning light shining on a mountain top.
Early morning light shining on Pyramid Lake as seen from the road to Lake Annette
Athabasca River and the bridge to Maligne Lake road.
Another view of Athabasca River as seen from the side of the Maligne Lake road.
Bridge to Maligne Lake road from Trans Canada Hwy.
Road leading to Sixth Bridge.
Athabasca River as seen from the Becker's Chalet ground.
Athabasca Falls (the fall is not in view).
Frozen Athabasca Falls.
Frozen Patricia Lake and Pyramid Mountain.
Early morning light shining spectacularly on Pyramid Mountain as seen from the Pyramid Lake road.
Sun shining on the fresh snow beside the Athabasca river.
Entrance to the Sunwapta falls from Icefields Parkway.
Frozen Sunwapta Falls.
Frozen Sunwapta Falls.
View from Icefields Parkway on Jasper mountain range.
Last rays of setting sun on the mountain peak as seen from somewhere on Icefields Parkway.
Last Full Moon (also called the Cold Moon) of 2020 as seen from the David Thompson HWY right after the turn off from the Icefields Parkway.
Another view of the full moon.
As I drove into the full moon and headed towards Abraham Lake for another day of experience, I couldn't help but wonder the importance of nature in our life. Let's embrace it, enjoy it, and most importantly, preserve it for generations to come!
Thank you for taking the time to enjoy the pictures.