Since Nov 9, 2000
Bow Lake, Banff National Park. As seen from the Icefields Parkway
Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks, Banff National Park. One of the crown jewels of the Canadian Rockies, the lake is named after the moraines (piles of glacial rock) that can be seen at the far end of the lake. These rock deposits were left behind when the glaciers receded from this valley after the last Ice Age. (file sourced to Wikimedia; uploaded by user GORGO)
Mount Edith Cavell, Jasper National Park. Named after a British nurse who worked in Belgium during the First World War and was executed by the Germans in October 1915 for helping Allied soldiers escape to Holland.
Chateau Lake Louise. The Victoria Glacier looms behind Lake Louise, another of the jewels of the Canadian Rockies. The massive glacier constantly grinds against the rock underneath it, sending a torrent of sediment and melted ice down into the lake below during the warm summer months. This sediment, also known as glacial till, gives the lake its spectacular turquoise color. The Canadian Pacific Railway constructed the hotel in the early 1900s as a source of revenue to help offset the tremendous cost of extending the railroad out to British Columbia through Kicking Horse Pass.
Left: Things Eternal ... Church in the town of Banff, with Mount Rundle in the background.
Right: "Days Gone By" by renowned Canadian artist Glen Scrimshaw
The Ties that Bind. The history of western Canada is told by the growth of the railroads across the prairies to the Rocky Mountains and beyond. The Canadian Pacific Railways main line is the southern route over the continental divide, following the Bow River valley west of Calgary and crossing the continental divide over Kicking Horse Pass in Banff National Park. The Canadian National main line winds its way up the Athabasca River from Edmonton, crossing Yellowhead Pass in Jasper National Park along the old fur trading route of Pierre Bostonais, nicknamed "Tete Jaune" (Yellow Head) by the Athabasca Indians who lived in the foothills of the Rockies.
Winter scenery, along Smith-Dorrien Trail in the Kananaskis region of Alberta. The Kananaskis is the mountainous region south of the resort town of Canmore in southwestern Alberta that makes up the eastern foothills of the Canadian Rockies. Mount Allan at the Nakiska ski area in Kananaskis hosted the alpine ski events in the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. (photo by Rafal Komierowski)
Rain squall on Casket Mountain, Willmore Wilderness. The Willmore Wilderness is the northernmost of several protected areas along the eastern edge of the Canadian Rockies in Alberta. The Wilderness, which extends from the northern border of Jasper National Park up to the town of Grand Cache along the Smoky River, is home to some of the most rugged backcountry in North America. (photo by Fred Vermeulen)
All alone at the end of the of the evening,
And the bright lights have faded to blue.
I was thinking about a woman who might have loved me,
And I never knew.
You know I've always been a dreamer,
(spent my life running 'round).
And it's so hard to change,
(Can't seem to settle down).
But the dreams I've seen lately,
Keep on turning out and burning out,
And turning out the same.
So put me on a highway,
And show me a sign,
And take it to the limit one more time.
"Take It to the Limit" by The Eagles
Photo #1: Autumn in the Alberta foothills
Photo #2: Ranch country in southern Alberta
Photo #3: The wild rose, official flower of the Province of Alberta
Photo #4: Cabin Lights
(photos #2 through #4 by Ray Rasmussen)
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Real Men Wear Dusters
"The fact of the matter is that war changes men's natures. The barbarities of war are seldom committed by abnormal men. The tragedy of war is that these horrors are committed by normal men in abnormal situations; situations in which the ebb and flow of everyday life have departed and have been replaced by a constant round of fear and anger, blood and death. Soldiers at war are not to be judged by civilian rules, even though they commit acts which calmly viewed afterwards could only be seen as un-Christian and brutal . . . [W]e can not hope to judge such matters unless we ourselves have been submitted to the same pressures, the same provocations, as these men, whose actions are on trial."
--- Major J.F. Thomas (Jack Thompson), "Breaker Morant"