Annette Lake in Jasper National Park

We arrived in Jasper National Park in the evening, after a long drive from Calgary. The weather was a mix of rain,  cloud, and some sky trying to peek out. We didn’t know where to go for the first sunset in Alberta so we drove around looking for a great vantage point. By googling around the vicinity that we were in, we noticed a fairly large lake by the name of Edith Lake. We headed to the point as quickly as we could, as darkness was quickly approaching and we still had a few kms to go in a place we were unfamiliar in, and bears no doubt wandering around.

We drove into a park and came upon gravel road. We were on that road for wha seemed like a long time until we saw a lake come upon us on our right. We stopped into the parking lot, conveniently located right by the gravel road and noticed a boat launching deck right by the waterside. I hurried out of the car with my camera in hand and marvelled at the tranquility of the area. No one was in sight, there weren’t any sounds except for those of mother nature, the lake was so calm that the reflection was like looking at a mirror.

Nikon D800, 1/60 sec., f/11, ISO 800, 14mm
Nikon D800, 1/60 sec., f/11, ISO 800, 14mm

It was a beautiful first lake to come upon in Jasper National Park. The sun was setting in the opposite direction unfortunately so we didn’t get any beautiful colours. However, the pristine nature of this scenery really took us aback.

I loved how you can see right through the water in the foreground while you can see the full reflection of the mountains and trees in the distance. The only thing that was bugging me (literally speaking) about this moment were those pesty bugs you see flying on the top right of this frame. Yes, those are bugs (not mosquitos, thankfully) that are not afraid of you!

This view we had on our first night in Alberta was great, and we couldn’t be more excited as it was only going to get better by the day.

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