Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

Shades of Turquoise

If you want to see picturesque lakes, there is no place better than the Canadian Rockies. In my opinion, anyway. :) Glacial silt and sediment gives these lakes an incredible turquoise color – and Peyto Lake is no exception. Gorgeous, isn’t it?

I used a circular polarizer to cut through as much humidity as possible on this warm and humid day. For the composition, I chose to include various diagonals formed by the tree line, the rocks and the lake itself. I waited for the clouds to cast shadows in interesting patterns on the lake at the same time that the sun was shining on the foreground rocks. Although the light was a bit harsh, the direct sunlight brought out the rich colors in the rocks and the lichen.

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