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Philip Kuntz / 2,904 items

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It always impresses me how trees can root and survive in such hard and harsh locations. This old (I believe) bristlecone pine fascinated me with it's roots on, around and thru this block of rock sitting above Banff's Bow Falls. It appeared quite healthy. Perhaps having such a grand view helps.

Not a bristlecone pine, not found in AB (thanks Robert!). Mystery continues.

Have a treeific Tuesday!

Tags:   trees bristlecone pine tree hardiness roots Bow river Banff Allberta

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Early morning light over Pyramid Lake.

As always, thanks for taking a look and for any comments or suggestions.

Tags:   Blue Hour reflections dawn daybreak Pyramid Lake Jasper Alberta Canada Explore

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A new day begins with the suns golden kiss on the low waters of Lake Cascade. It had rained hard overnight and the air was clean and the ground saturated, enriching the hues and tones. These are the mornings that one never forgets.

Tags:   Sunrise dawn daybreak reflections Lake Cascade Donnelly Idaho BRAVO TPS_landscape

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Something other than a landscape today.

This impressive historic church and bell tower caught my eye when passing thru Kitwanga BC. Can't remember seeing too many churches with the Bell Tower standing alone and separate like this.

Kitwanga is a village of the Gitksan people who have lived in Northwestern British Columbia for thousands of years. The British settlers brought Christianity with them and converted the local Indians to the faith. St Paul’s Church was built by the Gitksan people of Kitwanga in 1893. The Church is no longer is service. Hope they maintain and preserve it tho.

Kitwanga is the southern portal to the beautiful Stewart/Cassiar highway, a shorter route than the AlCan highway to reach Alaska. Took that route on my way north. Highly recommended. Much more remote and pristine.

Enjoy a wonderful Sunday!

Tags:   St. Paul's Anglican Church Bell Tower Gitksan people church history British Columbia Stewart/Cassiar Highway AlCan Highway shortcut

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Mammoth Hot Spring's Canary Spring as seen from Yellowstone's Grand Loop Road. The alkaline flow feeds cyanobacteria which thrive in such environments, creating the mix of colors.

In case you wondered, Mammoth Hot Springs deposits about 2 tons of calcium carbonate or travertine limestone per day.

A couple more perspectives of this fascinating place in comments.

Thanks for taking a look. Always appreciated!

Tags:   Canary Spring Mammoth Hot Springs geothermal algae cyanobacteria Yellowstone Yellowstone National Park Wyoming


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