We encountered some curious formations, called "hoodoos", which are also seen in Utah and
They are a result of erosion affecting diversely the various rocks.
Then we approached the Columbia Ice Fields, and more precisely, the Athabasca glacier. These are parts of it:
This is an imposing glacier, though it has been retreating like most Northern Hemisphere glaciers. They advanced in the 17th and 18th centuries, covering houses in various areas of the Alps, for instance, and now they are retracing their steps, so to speak. We boarded special vehicles with huge ridged tires to get up on it.
This photo was taken against a very bright sun, so it makes parts of the glacier look grey, when they were simply in shadow. It is actually somewhat dirty where many people have walked. In the little crevasses runs very clear and light blue melt water.
In spite of the sun, it was actually quite chilly, in part because of the altitude.
After our glacier visit, it was time to go on towards the famed Lake Louise. It is a rather large lake with a large, old, ugly, luxury hotel by the side of it. It is a well known resort both for hikers and skiers.
The cloudy blue green color is due to the powdered rock in suspension in the water, brought down by erosion.
We kept on traveling in the Rockies, and I will show you next my favorite lake. Here is a glimpse of it:
Try to ignore the cabin on the left. In my view, it is even better than Lake Louise. It is failry large [22km long] and much liked by hikers.
More pictures coming!