Anchorage, United States

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Lake Louise and Victoria Glacier.
Chateau Lake Louise, Banff National Park.
Alberta, Canada. 20 July 2007. Nikon D70s.

I still try to comprehend everything we saw in July of 2007, when we moved and drove from central Florida to southcentral Alaska. We took the entire month to make the drive, exploring numerous regions of the North American continent as we slipped from east to west, from south to north.

About two-thirds through the trip, we decided to spend a few days exploring the edge of Alberta and British Columbia. Chateau Lake Louise, in Banff National Park, held perhaps the single most spectacular vantage in this region.

The area is home to a rather elegant (if not extremely elegant) resort — and though I’m not much of the “resort” type, I must admit these grounds were beautifully situated in the wild in an unobtrusive manner. It almost felt, somewhat, that this Chateau actually belonged on the edge of Lake Louise, humbly poised before Victoria Glacier.

The glacial water glowed a kind of blue-green I’d never before seen. The contrast of the hue of the water with that of the sky was brilliant. The dark greens of the pines serves as an intermediary of color and tone. A few paddlers explored the inner waters of the lake, appearing as tiny tacky specs of yellow and red before the massive slope of the glacial valley towering above them.

I do believe it was right there when I truly realized I had left Florida and the lower-48 behind… That I was moving somewhere that spoke a different language, environmentally. New rules, new colors, new codes, new systems, new languages of nature. I was humbled before those colors — and began to brace for the transition of acclimation I would have to grow through in the months to follow.

Janson, http://floridana.typepad.com

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