mountains of Banff

It was a hot, dry, summer in Western Canada, and as a result there were a lot of forest fires.  Prior to our camping trip to Banff in August, it had been so smoky that the highway between Banff, and Radium, British Columbia had been closed.  We camped for four days and had spectacular weather for three of those days.

Castle Mountain

Castle Mountain

Cascade Mountain

Cascade Mountain

walking by the Bow

Walking by the Bow River

It was very smoky on on our last full day in Banff.  Mount Rundle on a clear day…

Rundle on a clear day

And on a smoky day….

Rundle on a smoky day

Made for an interesting sunset…

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a trip to the camera store in Jasper…

This is one of my favourite pics I took while camping in Jasper National Park.  After supper one night, we drove from Whistlers Campground to Jasper to check out the camera store.  It was closed, so we decided to go on an evening wildlife viewing drive in the Jasper Park Lodge area. While leaving town, this was the view from the rail yard…

Jasper Railway tracks

We saw a bear and a lot of elk while driving in the Lake Edith/Lake Annette area…

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It had been raining, but on the return trip, the rain turned into a very light sprinkle, and this beautiful rainbow emerged…

Jasper rainbow

So, while the trip to the camera store was unsuccessful, our evening drive was one of our most scenic of the trip.  All these pics were taken in the span of about an hour!