Peyto Lake Beauty - Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park

Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

By now you are probably getting tired of seeing images from my trip to Alberta a couple of weeks ago. I will be going back to varying my postings to include different locations, starting tomorrow. Today, however, is a different story. This uniquely shaped lake (It sort of looks like Italy from above) is Peyto Lake, and it can be found just off of the Icefields Parkway north of Lake Louise. Besides its unique shape, many may wonder if the lake is really that color (it is). The turquoise color is caused by suspended rock particles from glacier melt. This view is from Bow Summit and is arguably one of Alberta's iconic views. 

I have shot from this location at sunrise, mid-day, and sunset, and  I have come to the conclusion that mid-day (when I shot this photo) is the best time to shoot Peyto. At sunrise, the valley is too dark, and, at sunset, the glare shooting into the sun is not ideal. The mid-day light, as can be seen in this photo, lights up the valley wonderfully.