Banff – Bow Falls

Banff, Bow Falls

Banff, Bow Falls

Continuing our western Canada road trip, we spent one night in Banff, Alberta – the developed service centre for Banff National Park –  before continuing our westward journey to British Columbia and the Pacific coast.

The Bow River tumbles over a falls within the town, and so, since we saw the river’s origin below Bow Glacier, it seemed apt to check out how big the flow had grown. You can walk up a path – which you can just see on the left of the first photo – and some steep stairs to look over the falls.

I'm forever chasing rainbows....

I’m forever chasing rainbows….

Turning and looking it the other direction gives you an idea of the town’s beautiful setting.

Banff, Bow Falls

I didn’t take any pictures in Banff that evening. The following morning we had breakfast in the the Juniper (Hotel and) Bistro with its beautiful view of the Vermillion Lakes. It was too cold outside to eat, but not too cold to grab a shot from the patio.

Vermillion Lake from the patio of the Juniper Hotel and Bistro.

Vermillion Lake from the patio of the Juniper Hotel and Bistro.

Since we had not booked ahead I was pleased to get a room at the price we did.  Someone had recommended this hotel, which is just off the Trans Canada Highway and north of the town.

Cuban Seniors

Lunch in the park, Old Havana, on my first half day in Cuba.

Lunch in the park, Old Havana, on my first half day in Cuba.

Having started a series of posts of Cuban people, now I jump from children to older folks.

Havana Cuba Day 1 – I think this man might have been a visitor!

Leisure in Central Havana February 2016

Leisure in Central Havana February 2016

Cuba Day 2 - with a much loved and obedient dog.

Cuba Day 2 – with a much loved and obedient dog.

Cuba Day 2 - with a much loved and obedient dog.

Cuba Day 2 – with a much loved and obedient dog.

More seniors next week.

Young Cuban Faces #2

Cuba Day 2 - Who are these white women with their big cameras?

Cuba Day 2 – Who are these white women with their big cameras?

It was my colleague who charmed him into the big smile.

Cuba Day 2 - Shy but charming.

Cuba Day 2 – Shy but charming.

I didn’t look for shots of children – and they were largely in school when we prowled around Central Havana. These next two shots were taken on the Sunday when we went to hear Afro-Cuban music on Callejon de Hamel.

Twins on Callejon de Hamel

Twins on Callejon de Hamel

A willing subject on Callejon de Hamel

A willing subject on Callejon de Hamel

It was fairly late in the afternoon when we walked down this street; children were home from school and playing soccer.

Duelling Cameras: another photo workshop group!

Duelling Cameras: another photo workshop group!

Atop the Empire State Building

Bryant Park, looking north from the Empire State Building NYC June 2013

Bryant Park, looking north from the Empire State Building NYC June 2013

The WordPress Photo Challenge for the week is “atop.” To see more ‘takes’ on the theme, click on the link.

These pictures were taken from the observation deck of the Empire State Building in mid-June, 2013.

Looking northwest at the fantastic detail in some of the older Manhattan buildings.

Looking northwest at the fantastic detail in some of the older Manhattan buildings.

Looking down and west from the Empire State Building NYC June 2013

Looking down and west from the Empire State Building NYC June 2013

Looking further west from the Empire State Building NYC June 2013

Looking further west from the Empire State Building NYC June 2013

The Flatiron Building, looking southwest from the Empire State Building NYC June 2013

The Flatiron Building, looking southwest from the Empire State Building NYC June 2013

Some other photos from the top of the Empire State Building were used to show the bridges of Manhattan here.

 

 

Red Canoes and Turquoise Water

Banff, Lake Louise

Lake Louise, Banff National Park

I confess: the red canoes were my favourite photographic part of the whole trip through the Rockies. As I’ve said before, this wasn’t a trip to take pictures but rather to see the Rockies slowly, by car.  If I got some photo time, that was a bonus.

Banff, Lake Louise

Looking towards the head of Lake Louise.

Banff, Lake Louise

Banff National Park:  Lake Louise, looking across the lake.

Banff, Lake Louise

Still too cold at the beginning of May.

Banff, Lake Louise

26, 40, 24…23.

Banff, Lake Louise

Red Canoes, Turquoise Water.

Young Cuban Faces

Central Havana February 2016 - Safe behind her wall.

Central Havana February 2016 – Safe behind her wall.

People throughout Havana were more than willing to have their photos taken or to have photos of their family or children taken. This post is the first in a series of people shots.

Central Havana February 2016 - Dad wasn't so sure about the photograph.

Central Havana February 2016 – Dad wasn’t so sure about the photograph.

Central Havana February 2016

Babe in arms - Central Havana February 2016

Babe in arms – Central Havana February 2016

No, mister, don't tell him to look at the camera.

No, mister, don’t tell him to look at the camera.

Somewhat older children next week…

Lake Louise, The Mountains.

Banff, Lake Louise

Banff, Lake Louise

As we walked around Lake Louise, there were majestic views of the surrounding mountains offset by the startling blue-green of the lake itself. Perhaps because it was a cloudy day, I was more aware of the danger and oppressiveness of the mountains. At the base of the mountain in all three of these first photos, you can see the results of a landslide, which must have created an immense wave as it fell into the lake below.

Banff, Lake Louise

Banff, Lake Louise

Banff, Lake Louise

Banff, Lake Louise

The photo below was taken when 3/4 of the way around the lake, looking up towards the snow-covered mountains and the glacier at the head of the lake.

A glimpse of the glacier at the head of Lake Louise.

A glimpse of the glacier at the head of Lake Louise.

And finally, a shot from the hotel looking towards the not-yet-open-for-the-season canoe rental and mountains enclosed in snow clouds.

Banff National Park, Lake Louise

Banff National Park, Lake Louise

More canoe shots in the next post!