Whistler View

Whistler, BC is known for it’s ski hills but we visited in the summer, when the snow is replaced with green and a smattering of wild flowers as well as hikers, exploring the steep trails. We purchased some tickets and rode the Peak 2 Peak Gondola, the world’s longest unsupported span at 3.024km (1.88miles), and enjoyed the view.

The Peak 2 Peak is also world’s highest lift at 436m (1,427ft) above the valley floor.
View of Blackcomb Mountain from Roundhouse Lodge.
Beginning our decent down the Whistler Village Gondola.

Banff National Park

I have so many pictures from our trip that we made this summer and want to share some of the highlights with you. We drove through Banff National Park, driving our Jeep and glad we invested in new tires before we made the trip.

Driving through Banff National Park.

We stopped by the Columbia Icefield Skywalk and saw the Columbia glacier. I’d definitely recommend driving through this area and even taking a few days or weeks to see all the sights and hike the trails, which we didn’t do for lack of time.

View of Mount Athabasca from the Columbia Icefield Skywalk.

We then traveled south down BC highway 97, through the mountains, stopping several times to take in the view.

Red roofed hotel reflection across a picturesque lake.
A train entering a mountain tunnel along highway 97.

Before/After: Brush

Before: This first photo was taken in 2010. I was trying out my macro setting on the camera and was enjoying how much detail I could capture in the weeds and yet how blurry I could get the background.

Queen Annes Lace

 

After: This is my new favorite recent picture. It was taken at Lincoln Brick Park back in January 2013 when we got out to enjoy above freezing temperatures and some fresh air. I love how much detail there is and how warm the colors are.

Winter Weeds

Again, I used the macro setting in the this shot. I like how I used the treeline in the second one and how it’s much brighter as well. I would say that you can see a big improvement in my technique.