The Lake O'Hara region has been on my "vacation" destination list for many years. Between other trips and lack of success in making a reservation, I hadn't been there yet. This year I was determined to go! The weather was perfect - a little cool with some cloud cover on the first day and close to twenty five and blue sky the last two days. The larches started to change colour while I was there adding to the spectacle. The week before, the Lake O'Hara region, along with the rest of the Canadian Rockies, was blanketted in snow which made my visit to Waterton Lakes unsuccessful hiking-wise.
But the snow melted in the lower regions of O'Hara. Some of the alpine routes still had bits of snow my second day but it was not a problem finding route markers or keeping a firm footing on boulders. The snow also remained on the mountain tops leaving this rather impressive view of Mount Biddle over Lake McArthur. This was from my first day at O'Hara. I returned to Lake McArthur on my last day to get a shot with blue sky but the direct sunlight, even very late in the day resulted in an image full of shadows. It's a bit of an unusual photo of McArthur in that there is so much reflection of the mountains in the lake. McArthur is famous for its beautiful alpine-blue colour.
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