Dawn on Herbert Lake - Banff National Park, Alberta

I can remember this day like it was yesterday, even though it was 2006. It was the day that I truly fell in love with Banff National Park and the Icefields Parkway. We had splurged and stayed at the famed Chateau Lake Louise. Up before dawn, I dragged my wife into the car for the short 10 minute drive to one of my favorite lakes in the Canadian Rockies, Herbert Lake. When we got there, I got out of the car and she stayed in it. You would think that to get to such a beautiful destination, you would have to hike a distance. You would be mistaken. The lake lies only a few footsteps from the Icefields Parkway. It was magical to me. There was no one else there and I had some of the best weather that I could have asked for. I have been back to Banff several times since then and shot this mountain lake many times, but have not matched the day I took this photo.