Canadian Rockies: fiery peaks and blue sky farewell

I’m back in Grey Britain now having bid a nostalgic “au revoir” to Banff and the Rockies.  It was not sunny the whole time I was there, thankfully now and again clouds moved over from the west and dropped snow to refresh the ski slopes and hiking trails.  But there were a good number of blue sky days making for a memorable visit.

The day I flew home I finished my breakfast, went back to my third floor room looking out across the roofs of the town to the sun lighting up the clouds beyond the peaks and then headed straight out from the hotel with the camera.

As the sun rose above the mountains to the east it stopped flaming the clouds and gradually started to set the peaks to the west on fire.

I miss this place.

Looking across the rooftops of the town to the sun flaming the thin cloud strata

Looking across the rooftops of the town to the sun flaming the thin cloud strata

Cascade Mountain at the end of Banff Avenue

Cascade Mountain at the end of Banff Avenue

..... zooming in on the peak

….. zooming in on the peak

Strong winds blow the fine powder-snow off the peaks

Strong winds blow the fine powder-snow off the peaks

More and more peaks lit up

More and more peaks lit up

Fire gone from the cloud and now on the peaks of the Massive Range

Fire gone from the cloud and now on the peaks of the Massive Range

Long shadows on the frozen Bow River a couple of hours later, the fire gone out leaving crisp white and blue

Long shadows on the frozen Bow River a couple of hours later, the fire gone out leaving crisp white and blue

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5 Responses to Canadian Rockies: fiery peaks and blue sky farewell

  1. Mark Smith says:

    Looks beautiful, can’t wait to go back next year, we are off to Bansco Bulgaria on Saturday for a week of boarding, I will try and remember to take so photographs and send them to you.

    Mark & Claire

  2. Welcome back. Hope you can settle. Looks like you had a great time. Enjoyed your photos.

  3. 165bryn says:

    We enjoyed the ‘fire on the mountains of Banff’ and the pictures you’ve shared with us. Glad you’re home safe, but note the remarks ‘I miss this place’ and the return to ‘Grey Britain’ — Is this cold snap here; anything like the Banff ie snow and ice, and frozen rivers? Pad said ‘Ask him does he want a jar of Chutney’ Jer.29 v11

  4. BarryH says:

    The ‘cold snap’ here is nothing like the Rockies. Temperatures are nowhere near as low but it feels colder and more unpleasant because the air is so damp, seeping into your bones.

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