July 29th ~ Cameron Lake
The kind lady at the Visitors Center had given us her best recommendations for where we might possibly find a moose. She also stressed that early mornings and late evenings were the best time to go on a hunt.
It is especially beautiful shortly after dawn as well as the best lighting for any photography buffs. I’m always a slow starter each day, but when I can drag myself up and out, I absolutely love it and I kick myself for not doing it more often.
I had several places on my agenda to shoot with the early lighting.
Prince of Wales Hotel
Sitting high on a hill overlooking both Upper and Middle Waterton Lakes, the Prince of Wales Hotel is impossible to miss when approaching the village. The day before we had been inside and also snapped a few shots of their spectacular views. But, I wanted to show the setting of where it was in relation to the lake and village.
I had made a mental note a couple of days earlier when spotting the setting, and wanted to return when we had more time.
We had seen several does with twins while here. These little ones still had their spots and were running along the side of the road trying to keep up with momma. The shot is not very good, as they were running and we were traveling in the car.
Our main focus was to take the Akamina Parkway. It ends at Cameron Lake, and only a short hike from there is Akamina Lake where we had been told to check out for moose.
Strong bear warnings were posted all along the route. We were relieved that Tim had a canister of bear spray on his belt.
Of course there are bears in this area, but when they get introduced to human food, they sometimes want more. Although this bear had not become aggressive toward people, the park was taking precautions.
Our hike to Akamina Lake was uneventful, and NO moose were spotted, however there must have just been a HUGE hatching of mosquitos as we felt and saw swarms of them around us.
I am often as interested in the flora and as I am the fauna.
After another round of no Bullwinkle sightings, we returned to Cameron Lake, whose beauty helped ease the earlier disappointment. The sun was up further in the sky and more reflections were visible.
Just across from our campground is another fascinating waterfall, which just happens to be connected to the lake by way of Cameron Creek. And in case you can’t guess its name, it is Cameron Falls.
We had visited a day or two earlier and part of the falls was in shadows, so we swung back by and this time caught a couple of fishermen down in front of the falls. What was so interesting was the shape of the falls and the many paths the water can travel to reach the pool below.
We also caught up with two rangers who were on the hunt for a young bear that had been seen wandering the area near the falls. They commented that they were happy to see us carrying bear spray.
The weapon she is carrying is a paintball gun. It shoots out a chalk pellet which is intended to discourage the young bear and get it to leave the area.
I did not realize until a couple of days ago that Waterton Lakes National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A well-earned designation.
GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful for the morning and evening “magic hour” lighting that makes photography so much fun. Now I just need to get myself up and out earlier on a regular basis to take advantage of it 🙂