The Icefields Parkway is the road leading from Banff National Park to Jasper National Park and is one of the most scenic drives in the world. Consistently rated as one of the top drives by travel magazines it is an amazing 180 mile long stretch of pristine mountain scenery.
Roadside Waterfall on the Icefield Parkway (Banff National Park)
I was up there on Sunday before my client meeting on Monday and drove to about the halfway point (one day I’ll get up to Jasper but this trip was too quick) and along the way I got out and took a fair amount of pictures. It was a rainy day so I knew that getting pictures of mountains with dramatic clouds was going to be a challenge so I was looking primarily for scenes where I could focus on water instead of the clouds – such as waterfalls and rivers – where the (relatively) long exposures allowed mid-day would allow me to still get decent images. About twenty miles into the drive (starting from the southern end – Lake Louise/Banff) I came across a mossy waterfall on the eastern side of the road. Since it was so cloudy the light was even throughout and I was able to keep the shutter open a half of second without using any filters. The water was flowing quickly enough that it became nice, dramatic and fairy tale like. It’s no secret that taking pictures of water is one of my favorite things.