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Thursday
Feb052015

Emerald Lakes in a Glacial Dream

"Today I have grown taller from walking with the trees.”— Karle Wilson Baker

As I drive in search of photo ops in the Canadian Rocky Mountains the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) is releasing it`s 5th assessment report to provide the world with a clear scientific view on the current state of knowledge in climate change and its potential environmental and socio-economic impacts. This most recent assessment isn`t pretty and with 95% certainty that our climate problems are man-made they represent the consensus view of 97% of the peer reviewed scientific community (yeah I know Fox News and the National Post can`t feel any love for this true science?).

Apparently with very high probability, receding glaciers, rising seas, drought, dying Oceans and disappearing fish populations are calling for our immediate attention. I`m not sure anyone else has time for this but I think I`d better pay attention?
 
I think I need to siren the IPCC warning after travelling the Icefields Parkway, which is surely one of the "wonders of this world". This road connecting Lake Louise, Alberta to Jasper, Alberta winds through the soul of my urban heart and plants my feet and senses firmly in this Artform of Terra Firma. I understand that the route can be done in 3 hours but our drive ended at Peyto Lake because of the constant "wow' stops to photograph another great moment! The Bow and Peyto glaciers edging each emerald lake demand my attention  and I think I know that they won`t be here by the end of the century.
So here I try and chronicle a moment of nature`s heart beat at it`s best and hope that someday, somewhere, somebody will come to appreciate the beauty of this possibility! Maybe humanity can survive for thousands of years and the planet will recycle this moment for future progeny. Good luck to that! Glaciers may become a dream inspired by photography and video left to the mystery of virtual reality, but for now I`m living the dream!


I`m the lucky boy who gets to feed these natural highlights into my Nikon D800 sitting on a RRS tripod. This is a privilege that I will continue to ride while the sun still shines. I feel a little greedy eating at this trough of travel possibilities but I`ll treat it with respect and hope while I chronicle and lament for more of the best of possibilities. Go see the "Rockies" if you can? This is probably as good as it gets!

 

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