Monday Walk: Banff Rocky Mountains

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“If the rocks in these mountains could tell their story,

they’d describe their birth as sand or dirt grains washed into the warm ancient sea that lay there for millions of years.

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They’d speak of sinking to the ocean floor and of being covered over by more and more grains and by the crushed bodies and secretions of countless sea animals.

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They’d describe how the ever increasing weight pressed the sand grains into sandstone, the mud into shale, and lime into limestone.

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They’d then tell how they were raised high into the heavens — reborn as the Rocky Mountains.”

This verse was posted by the Lake Louise.

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Castle Mountain Range, each rock layer in the dozens of strata on this mountain (elev. 9,075′), reveals a different chapter in the geological history of the Canadian Rockies:


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The Canadian Rockies are quite different in appearance and geology from the American Rockies to the south of them. The Canadian Rockies are composed of layered sedimentary rock such as limestone and shale, whereas the American Rockies are made mostly of metamorphic and igneous rock such as gneiss and granite.

The Canadian Rockies are overall more jagged than the American Rockies, because the Canadian Rockies have been more heavily glaciated, resulting in sharply pointed mountains separated by wide, U-shaped valleys gauged by glaciers, where as the American Rockies are overall more rounded, with river-carved V-shaped valleys between them. The Canadian Rockies are cooler and wetter, giving them moister soil, bigger rivers, and more glaciers. The tree line is much lower in the Canadian Rockies than in the American Rockies.   ~ Wikipedia

Jo is taking us to the beautiful BELLINGHAM AND HARESHAW LINN for a fabulous walk. You don’t want to miss it.


Have a great week! :)

I hope Sue S will approve this post. :) Sue was traveling Peru, while we were packing for the Banff National Park trip. She has been giving a series of their fabulous trip. Take a look


Weekly Photo Challenge: Inspiration


Do you know dolphins have very good vision? They can see what is around them both in the water and when they are above the surface of it.


A bunch of wild dolphins were having a race in the ocean, they got lots of cheers from the people on the whale/dolphin boat. This young dolphin could not keep up with the race, he/she then decided to jump out of the water and made a splash. Yay, way to go, Jr D! :)


Notes: Dolpins have excellent hearing too, with the ability to hear about 10 times better than humans. The sense of smell isn’t well developed for them though. The sense of touch is very sensitive for dolphins and they use it for bonding within their pods. They rely on a combination of their senses to avoid danger, to find food, and to socialize. More…


In his “Idolatry” post, Mr. Shimon reminds us eloquently, “And how important it is, to maintain our perspective, to remember that there is beauty and pleasure in this life, despite the disappointments and pain.” Inspiring, as always. Read more click HERE.



Throwback Thursday: Flight Paths of Fireflies

For nearly a decade, amateur photographer Tsuneaki Hiramatsu spent his summer evenings in the forests outside Niimi, in Japan’s Okayama prefecture.

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He was intent on capturing the spectacle of firefly mating season, when the males and females vie for attention through blinking codes. As night fell, Hiramatsu began shooting a series of eight-second exposure. Read more

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— Source: Smithsonian Magazine

  • There are more than 2,000 species of fireflies, a type of beetle. Fireflies in the western United States, for example, lack the ability to produce light.

  • Males that do glow use their flash to attract females. A chemical reaction within the firefly’s light organ produces the light—oxygen combines with calcium, adenosine triphosphate (ATP—the energy-carrying molecule of all cells) and a chemical called luciferin, when an enzyme called luciferase is present.  More facts

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Mundane Monday #18 and Travel Theme Grasses


Had it not been for the Mundane Monday, I probably won’t pay much of ordinary everyday things. I know I won’t find beauty of an old plant pot, stones, a lonely leave, a tree shadow, bare tree branches…. I was happy to spot this special knob of an antique furniture.

Jithin’s everyday objects for the MM will blow you away, click HERE.


Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience.

Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence.

~ Hal Borland


Inspired by Ailsa’s Travel Theme: Grasses

Happy Tuesday! :)

Monday Walk: Bow River


Banff National Park in Canada had been on our bucket list for long while. We finally decided to take a grand tour in July. We stayed in the town of Banff and used it as a base to explore Rocky Mountains, lakes… The beautiful Bow river runs through the town. It was only a half mile from where we were staying, pretty convenient to take morning and/or evening walk.

The name “Bow” refers to the reeds that grew along its banks and were used by the local First Nations peoples to make bows; the Peigan name for the river is “Makhabn”, meaning “river where bow reeds grow”.



On our last day in Banff, hubby didn’t want to miss the Wimbledon Semi Finals, so I took a solo walk with my camera.  :)  5 miles to downtown and back to the Banff Springs. 





These beautiful horse trainers were taking horses for a morning walkout.



The weather was surprisingly warm during the week (the first week of July) we were there. It went up to low 90 F one day, but mornings were very pleasant. We were told by the local people that it was 7-8 degrees higher than normal.

Jo’s Egton Bridge walk for this week is fabulous. Take a look


Thank you for visiting! :)

Weekly Photo Challenge: Close UP (Dandelion)


A weed is but an unloved flower.

~Ella Wheeler Wilcox


WPC: Close UP

This one takes WPC Close Up to a new hight. This is how he did it ” I love the details. I tend to take my time to adjust the tap knob to capture the right dripping moment.” Take a look, click HERE

AB Friday and Flower of the Day



The above is the original image.

First, I cropped and made some adjustments through the LR Basic.


Then, I move the photo to the Color EFex Pro 4 to make some enhancements through dynamic contracts; used the EFex Pro 2 to add Bokeh.

Back to LR, I added Vignette and adjusted the shadow a little. Voila!



Welcome back Stacy! Thanks to Stacy (VISUAL VENTURING) for making a series of step-by-step tutorial showing us how to use the Lightroom features, Color Efex Pro 4 and EFex Pro 2. Inspiring!

This is Stacy’s vision for her ABF. “After-Before Friday (ABF) posts provide an opportunity for photographers (amateur and seasoned, alike) to share their photos, and if they wish, their post-processing decisions. The photos will provide a fun “wow” factor; the post-processing descriptions, the “how.” The goal is to enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at others’ work while picking up helpful ideas along the way that each of us can use as we work with our own photos.” Click HERE to learn more.

This week you will get to see many fabulous AB photos. Emilio (Photos by Emilioand Ben (Aperture64are always there sharing their creative processes and “wow” photos. Take a look …

Happy to hear your feedback. Should I do differently?


Flower Of The Day


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