Mountainside guard

During one of my hikes around Moraine Lake in Banff National Park, I noticed a peculiar thing on top of the mountainside. Sitting high above everything else on the peak of one of the Ten Peaks surrounding Moraine Lake, was…the face of an ape! Can you see it in the photo below?

Nikon D800, 1/320 sec., f/8.0, ISO 100, 45mm
Nikon D800, 1/320 sec., f/8.0, ISO 100, 45mm

It was unmistakable to me, although some others would beg to differ. I enquired about this to my wife and she said it could be, but wasn’t entirely convinced.

The face is made entirely of snow and ice, and sits masterfully on the side, looking outward as if it were watching out for danger.

As any other photographer would do, I took out my 70-200mm telephoto lens to see it up close. Sure enough, my suspicions were confirmed. It was indeed the face of an ape, clearly made out of snow and ice.

Nikon D800, 1/400 sec., f/9.0, ISO 100, 200mm
Nikon D800, 1/400 sec., f/9.0, ISO 100, 200mm

The eyes are distinguishable from its pointy nose, that sits above the closed mouth. Do you see it?

Even if you don’t see it, it’s still quite impressive to see how monstrous this snow and ice cluster really is. If you take a look at the first picture above, you’ll see how small the face looks in relation to everything else in the photo. You know how tall you stand with respect to a tree. Imagine yourself standing next to a tree in the first image. Now you can see how high the face is, and how large the formation really is.

It’s not readily evident in the second photo but that thick snow and ice bank below the face is really, really, thick. These pictures don’t do this natural formation any justice but I hope by these two photos you’re able to see how incredible nature can be.

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