Being a landscape photographer, there are three things that are sacred to me: mountains, lakes and reflections. I would probably add clouds and a great foreground, but why get greedy? All of these items were present at Two Jack Lake in Banff National Park. I have posted extensively about Banff, as it is one of my favorite places on Earth. I have been there three times and would visit there every year if I could. There are so many beautiful lakes in the area, but, until this trip, Two Jack wouldn't have been in my top ten. That was until my buddy, Jeff Clow, insisted that it was a stellar lake.
During our time together there, Jeff and I visited Two Jack every day, and the lake was always rippled with no reflection to be found. We had said goodbye the night before, and I was headed to Jasper National Park and Jeff was headed home. I decided to make one last stop at the lake, and the photography gods were smiling upon me as I came upon the scene in the photo. My only wish was that Jeff was able to finally see the reflection of Mount Rundle. I found out later that he too visited the lake a couple of hours later, and was able to capture its beauty reflected in the water.
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