The Lake O’Hara region of Canada’s Yoho National Park is, in my opinion, the most spectacular place in North America, and I have been to a lot of beautiful places. This portfolio of photographs, taken during hikes over a five day period in September, shows this magnificent area at a time when the Alpine Larches were turning smoky gold, and the first snows were sifting over the high country.
Hiker and cairns create a striking silhouette against Hungabee Mountain, high on the Opabin Plateau
Cathedral Mountain, viewed on a still and frosty morning across Lake O’Hara from the cabins of Lake O’Hara Lodge
Reflections of rock and trees on the still waters of Hungabee Lake on the Opabin Plateau
Golden Alpine Larches on a sunny day, with snowy Mount Schaffer in the distance
Trail through snow and Alpine Larches, heading up toward Opabin Lake
A loose snow avalanche, one of many we saw and heard, coming down Hungabee Mountain; the avalanches here made a strange screeching sound that we had never before heard
Colors on the surface of Lefroy Lake along the trail to Lake Oesa
Alpine Larches reflecting in Hungabee Lake
Cathedral Mountain reflecting in Lake O’Hara
A canoeist fishing the surreal waters of Lake O’Hara
The primeval basin of Lake Oesa
Victoria Falls thundering down through a gouge it carved in a cliff
Rock in Hungabee Lake, with reflections of the cliffs of Yukness Mountain
Reflections of Alpine Larches and the shaded, snow-covered slope of Mount Schaffer, in Hungabee Lake
Mount Huber and a flank of Yukness Mountain reflected in Hungabee Lake on the Opabin Plateau
Unsettled weather on Mount Huber
Opabin Lake, nestled below Hungabee Mountain and other peaks touching the sky; we watched and listened as a Zen Buddhist meditated with help of a clear bell above this lake
Odaray Mountain and Cathedral Mountain reflecting on the still morning surface of Lake O’Hara
Mount Huber rising magnificently over Lake O’Hara
The aqua waters of Victoria Lake, on the trail to Lake Oesa
The lovely turquoise waters of one of the Morning Glory Lakes, with golden Alpine Larches
Alpine Larches and snowy slopes on the descent from the Opabin Plateau
Lake O’Hara from Opabin Prospect, with Wiwaxy Peaks and Cathedral Mountain in the distance
Opabin Lake, in the cirque below Hungabee Mountain
The snowy cliffs of Mount Hungabee
Smoky gold Alpine Larch with rock grooved by a glacier, on the Opabin Plateau below Schaffer Ridge
Alpine Larches occupying the Opabin Plateau, with Mount Schaffer and Cathedral Mountain rising above
A colorful corner of Victoria Lake
Rocks and reflections in one of the Cascade Lakes on the Opabin Plateau
Reflections in Hungabee Lake
The morning view from the shoreline in front of the Lake O’Hara Lodge cabins, with Cathedral Mountain rising in the distance
This Seattle Mountaineers photography trip into the Canadian Rockies was ably led by Linda Moore. Yoho National Park is, in my opinion, the most beautiful place in the Canadian Rockies and perhaps in all of North America. For more information about Yoho National Park, go to the Parks Canada web site.
For other entries in my weblog about Yoho National Park, go to Ice, Wolverine, Early Snow, Night at Yoho, Elizabeth Parker Hut and Fairy Barf.
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