Intriguing ice formations can form in the middle of winter in the Mistaya Canyon and these formations shown here were captured just after a fresh snow fall along the Icefields Parkway in Banff National Park. This park can be found in the Canadian Rocky Mountains in Alberta, Canada. Ice formations can be a type of art piece crafted by no other than nature herself. Each piece that forms is unique but the formations work with others around them to produce what could be seen as a natural art piece.
The Mistaya Canyon contains many curvy walls so in the winter time ice formations such as this one can form almost anywhere and when a visitor stumbles across it, it can be like a rare treat. The trail through this region is very popular, but can be very deadly in winter due to all the ice and snow.
Ice formations are something that form when the water freezes and remains in that state for a long time, so that is an indication that this area is very cold for much of the winter. These formations will eventually melt as winter gives way to spring which in turn leads to summer and the weather becomes warmer. This area and all of Banff National Park are part of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site so it is protected.
Ice formations of the Mistaya River in the Mistaya Canyon during winter after fresh snow fall, Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Canadian Rocky Mountains, Alberta, Canada. Banff National Park forms part of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site.
I photographed this photo with the digital SLR camera model Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, aperture of f/22.0, exposure time of 4/10 sec. on ISO 100, as always I used a original Canon Lens, the focus lenght for this picture was 160mm.
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