Global Descent from the Canadian Rockies
Francis and I recently enjoyed one week in the Canadian Rockies, an area of five National Parks (four located in Canada) as well as numerous provincial parks and semi protected multi-use areas. Two of these parks straddle the U.S.-Canadian border in a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park.
The following photo essay begins in Jasper National Park at the bone chilling Athabasca Glacier, part of the massive Columbia Icefield. Nearby Mount Columbia hovers at 12,294 feet, the 2nd highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. These glacial meltwaters flow to three world oceans – the Pacific, Atlantic and Arctic.
Follow this 400 kilometre journey, from the forests, meadows and rugged snow capped peaks of North America’s continental divide, then meandering downwards and eastwards through golden grassy foothills, tumbling out to the apparently infinite windswept prairies.
This is a story of the ages juxtaposed against our contemporary times. Frequent readers may recall my posts about Small is Beautiful. In what comes next, think big – it goes with the terrain.
GLOBAL DESCENT FROM THE CANADIAN ROCKIES
Icefield Parkway Summit
Highwood Meadows in Kananaskis
Descending Icefield Parkway
Grazing mountain sheep in Banff National Park
North Saskatchewan River
Elk outside the Town of Banff
On the Trans Canada Highway
Bow River on the outskirts of Banff
Nearby Kananaskis Country
Outskirts of Kananaskis Village – site of 1988 Winter Olympics and 2002 G-8 Summit
Barrier Lake near Highway 40 Alberta
Misnomer – Kananaskis Trail (really?)
Highwood River bridge lost in 2013 Calgary floods
Ravaged earth equals high water
Foothills of the Canadian Rockies
View from Highway 22
Heartland Country (homegrown CBC Television Series)
And cowboy trails
Home on the Range
Mountains meet foothills where cattle graze (click photo for awesome hi-resolution)
… and oil and gas
Descent. Or dissent?
Cheers to Prairie Wind
Tilting at wind mills, or to live the impossible dream.
For us and the earth. To be or not to be? That is the question.
~ from back home on Vancouver Island ~
Love, peace, and harmony, to all