Day 14/21 – Part 1/2

This morning I get up at 06:00 and drive the same road as yesterday but now the other way around, again with the sun in my back. This early in the morning, there are not many folks on the road, being much better than yesterday. First I travel towards Logan Pass and again I encounter beautiful Reynolds Mountain.

Reynolds Mountain
Reynolds Mountain

A bit further down the road there is a bighorn sheep standing in the middle of the road. He moves to the side where I can try and shoot a couple of photographs of him. He’s standing in the shadows with the mountains behind him in the background in bright sunlight. It’s a very contrasty scene, almost a silhouet. In the end I do not succeed in getting him sharp on a photo.

Then I encounter more of them. These sheep look in much worse shape than the ones I have seen two weeks ago in Jasper. They are a dirty grey in color and quite bony. Later in the day I am going to see a stuffed dead one from close range. These animals are really big! They are as high as my chest. These animals can also accept you for a while and then suddenly attack, just like bison and elk.

The next stop is at the Many Glacier area. The mountain is known as Grinnell Point and the lake is Swiftcurrent Lake.

Grinnell Point and Swiftcurrent Lake
Grinnell Point and Swiftcurrent Lake
Grinnell Point and Swiftcurrent Lake

I continue to the Weeping Wall, a part of the rock wall of about 100 meter wide where water is streaming down. Because the road is quite narrow here, it was impossible to photograph with all that traffic yesterday. Now there is virtually nobody, so I can photograph at will.

Weeping Wall

It takes some time to find the right exposure values (dark rocks, light water) and the right shuttertime (determines the amount of smokyness of the streaming water).

Weeping Wall

In the end I have a couple of nice photographs. Because the water kind of rains down here and sometimes bounces of the rock wall, its quite easy to get more detail in the water (streaks).

Weeping Wall

Here the water comes down via a couple of separate levels.

Weeping Wall

All in all I stay here for about half an hour.

Weeping Wall

Time to get on.

Somewhat later I’m driving in the sun and pass Chief Mountain, which is rather spectacular in this light!

Chief Mountain

Maps, Charts & Downloads

GPS Map with color coded altitude information

Color coded distance/altitude chart

Color coded distance/altitude chart, Canada Spring 2010, Day 14

Download the original gpx file here.

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