Canon Rebel XSI – CAnon 100 – 400mm
Columbia Icefields Highway, Alberta Canada

December 2, 2011

December 4, 2011

I never get tired of the vistas the mountains offer as you drive through them This one just seems to go for ever.

The Canadian Rockies are the easternmost part of the Canadian Cordillera, the collective name for the mountains of Western Canada. They form part of the American Cordillera, an essentially continuous sequence of mountain ranges that runs all the way from Alaska to the very tip of South America. The Cordillera in turn are the eastern part of the Pacific Ring of Fire that runs all the way around the Pacific Ocean.

The Canadian Rockies are bounded on the east by the Canadian Prairies, on the west by the Rocky Mountain Trench, and on the north by the Liard River. Contrary to popular misconception, the Rockies do not extend north into Yukon or Alaska, or west into central British Columbia. North of the Liard River, the Mackenzie Mountains, which are a distinct mountain range, form a portion of the border between the Yukon and the Northwest Territories. The mountain ranges to the west of the Rocky Mountain Trench in southern British Columbia are called the Columbia Mountains, and are not considered to be part of the Rockies by Canadian geologists.

Mount Robson

Mount Columbia (3,747 m (12,293 ft)) is the second-highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, and is the highest mountain in Alberta. There is a non-technical route to the top involving only kicking steps in the snow, but the approach is across the Columbia Icefield and requires glacier travel and crevasse rescue knowledge. It is normally done in two days, with a night at high camp, but some strong skiers have done from the highway in a day. On the other hand, many others have been stuck in their tents for days waiting for the weather to clear. From the same high camp as for Mount Columbia, it is possible to ascend a number of other high peaks in the area, including North Twin, South Twin, Kitchener, Stutfield and Snow Dome.

I am an amateur photographer from Sherwood Park, Alberta Canada.
Love scenery, wildlife and anything that catches my eye as being unique. Have a Canon Rebel XSI with a 100mm – 400mm Lens that allows me to get some wonderful captures!

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  • Dan Wagner
    Dan Wagnerabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful capture.Very nice composition and lighting. The Rockies are indeed magical!

  • Thank you so very much for your great comment Dan. I agree totally they are magical! :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • The fave is also much appreciated :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • JohnDSmith
    JohnDSmithabout 3 years ago

    What a Awesome view for sure,… you,.. I never tire at looking at such vista`s,…..Fabulous capture,…

  • Hi John, thanks so much for your wonderful comment. I just love visiting the Mountains and the view never fail to fascinate :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Also I sure appreciate the fave!. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture …love the titile Leslie

  • Many thanks for your great comment and fave Larry. As always this banner never fails to make me Happy to have it! :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsabout 3 years ago

    I love the light in the valley sis. Such a very beautiful capture. All in different hues of my favorite color too :-))

  • I just loved our trip through there Sis. I think this was from the bike though. Thank you for the lovely comment :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • deb cole
    deb coleabout 3 years ago

    What a heavenly scene, Leslie!! You’re very lucky to be able to drive through these mountains. My daughter lives in Ft. McMurray and I see the pictures all the time. Not the same as being there, I think.

  • You’ll have to come visit Deb. Get in a visit with your daughter and we’ll arrange a meet for us as well. Thanks so much for the great comment. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • CanyonWind
  • Thank you ever so much for the Feature and Riley’s Banner Pops. Both are truly appreciated! :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • teresalynwillis
    teresalynwillisabout 3 years ago


  • Thank you so very much Teresa. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Elfriede Fulda
    Elfriede Fuldaabout 3 years ago

    Paradise captured !!!!!

  • Many thanks my friend :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • © Hany G. Jadaa © Prince John Photography
    © Hany G. Jada...about 3 years ago

    Very nice capture of the Rockies. Love that part of Canada.

  • I really appreciate your comment Hany! One of my favorite areas as well. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • shortshooter-Al
    shortshooter-Alabout 3 years ago

    A terrific capture Leslie.

  • Thanks Al. So appreciated. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

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