Fog over Two Jack Lake (Banff)

Not more than twenty minutes after I took this picture of sunrise at Two Jack Lake) in Banff National Park the fog rolled in and completely encapsulated the mountain on the other side. As they say timing is everything so I was pleased to catch the sunrise and even happier when the fog rolled in because I was able to get some really nice pictures like this one. Standing in this spot will typically have the mountain in the main part of the frame – just to the right of the trees – but here the mountain is completely invisible as the fog worked its quickly over the lake. One of my favorite images ever (also one of my firsts – you get lucky every now and again) was when the same thing happened following a sunrise in Rocky Mountain National park. In this picture I don’t have the same kind of foreground interest but I think the post-processing is done better. Glad to know that I’ve learned at least something in the last two years.

Fog Over Two Jack Lake (Banff National Park)

Fog over Two Jack Lake (Banff National Park)

One of my favorite books that I read every year (and should probably read more often) is Into the Wild by Jon Krauker  the story (true story by the way) I am itself is eye opening and if you haven’t read it I highly recommend it. It is absolutely inspirational and every time I stand in front of a mountain somewhere or travel to a new location I can’t help but come back to this quote.

“make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. If you want to get more out of life, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty.”

It rings deep within my heart and pains me when I do responsible adult things rather than be reckless and do what my heart desires. I can’t say I’m not disappointed in myself to not be as brave and get more out of my life but at the end of the month the bills come due and yeah it is nice to pay them – occassionally.

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