The partially frozen Lower Falls of the Johnston Creek during winter means that the flowing water is surrounded by ice and snow formations and gives you an indication of just how cold the weather is because it has to be very low temperatures for flowing water to freeze.
The Lower Falls of Johnston Creek are in Johnston Canyon in Banff National Park, which is in the Canadian Rocky Mountains in Alberta. Banff National Park is actually part of the Canadian Rocky Mountains Parks that are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so that means that this area is protected and cannot be developed.
Johnston Creek, which turns in to Johnston Falls is a tributary of the Bow River and is a glacial fed creek so that means it is cold most of the year, even at the height of summer. These Lower Falls are also part of a popular hiking trail and many people like to stop and gaze down at the crystal clear cascading water of the falls.
Hiking in the winter time can be some of the best and most exhilarating hiking, even though it is colder and you have to be more careful of ice and snow on the trail, to be able to see nature in the winter can be a glorious sight. As you can see from the falls here, the water turns from a green to a blue shade before moving out to the frozen white edges and then finally ending up at the frozen jagged ice bed below. Flowing water can be very powerful, as even though the temperatures are so cold that some of the water is freezing even on the way down, the rest is still flowing strong and this is a glimpse of nature in all its true, powerful glory.
Partially frozen Lower Falls of the Johnston Creek during winter surrounded by ice and snow formations, Johnston Canyon, 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/11.0, exposure time of 6/10 sec. on ISO 100, as always I used a original Canon Lens, the focus lenght for this picture was 17mm.
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