Picture of the Week #3

Picture of the Week #3

Hello friends,

If you didn’t know I had a facebook page where I share pictures and links to my blog anytime I a new post goes up! You can click the link to like and follow the page if you want! ๐Ÿ™‚ย https://www.facebook.com/phoenixraayphotography/ย 

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Here is my picture of the week!

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If you have been following me for a bit now you know I recently moved to Ottawa! This was one of the views I have seen parliament from when I got lost trying to find a walking trail. Have you ever seen the parliament buildings in Ottawa, ON?

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Until next time,

xoxo

Pink Lake Hike | Gatineau 2018

Pink Lake Hike | Gatineau 2018

Hello friends,

Today’s post will be about my experience doing the walk around Pink Lake in Gatineau, Quebec Canada. Currently I live in Ottawa, so it takes absolutely no time at all for me to drive to Quebec, which is good because Gatineau is full of fun walks and hikes to do! If you have been reading my blog for a while, you will know that I love going on hikes! I love the feeling of being surrounded by natures beauty and exploring it.

For me, it took about 45 minutes to get there. Once we arrived, there were two places to park. We stopped at the first parking lot we saw, the look off, before even knowing there was another larger parking lot a minute further down the road! The lake was very busy on the Sunday that we went. Probably due to the beautiful day and summer coming to an end – everyone needed to get out and enjoy the last bit of warm weather! My boyfriend and I scoped out the look off and then headed out for the walk!

You can click here to learn more about Pink Lake!ย 

 

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The trails were well maintained and you could tell they tried to leave the environment as natural as possible. They even had signs along the trail to remind people to stay on the path instead of trampling through everywhere. Now as you look through the pictures you’ll see that this lake is in fact not pink at all! Its actually more of a green colour.

Pink Lake is a meromictic lake – the upper and lower layers of the lake do not mix. In most lakes, these layers mix every spring and fall with the change in water and air temperature, water density and wind. The mixing ensures nutrients and oxygen are distributed evenly throughout the lake!

The shape of Pink Lake and the valley it sits in allows it to be blocked from the wind and therefore no oxygen reaches the bottom of the lake. The green tint of the lake is due to microscopic algae, which even though a green lake looks cool, is harmful. This vegetation gradually overtakes the lake causing it to suffocate.

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With the massive amount of visitors this lake gets, the eutrophication process has sped up. This is why new boardwalk trails have been built in attempt to preserve this natural ecosystem for many more generations to enjoy. Many volunteers helped with this project as well as planted over 10,000 trees. Erosion is an impact that occurs at busy tourist sites, which is what the parks people are trying to mitigate.

So please, stay on the trails and respect the nature you’re in! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Little guys like this need their ecosystems functioning properly to survive.

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The walk is definitely beginner friendly and roughly took us an hour with me stopping every two steps to take more pictures. If you look along the trail right besides the lake you can spot a million frogs and we also saw turtles!

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Not a huge fan of these guys up close, but with my zoom lens I don’t mind admiring from a distance!

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The weather for our walk was a mix of sun and clouds. I would usually be standing around waiting for the sun to try different styles of pictures, however this standing around time allowed me to get some artsy shots and play with my focus.

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Reflection pictures would have to be one of my favourite kinds! This definitely is not a perfect reflection picture, but to be honest I didn’t even realize there was a reflection until I looked at the pictures once I got back home!

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By the end of the walk we were so sweaty from the humidity I was just snapping random pictures and not really paying attention, but sometimes those are the best pictures!

In conclusion, I recommend going on the Pink Lake walk if you are in the area and want something to do! Great if you have kids too so they can see all the frogs!

What is the coolest colour of lake that you guys have been to?

Until next time,

xoxo

Paint Pots Hike | Kootenay National Park

Paint Pots Hike | Kootenay National Park

Hello friends,

Lets talk about paint! And no, not the product you use to paint your room a different colour, the natural paint pots found in Kootenay!

They are found in an area that has unusual physical and chemical activity in the ground, which gives this area the very intense colour you will see in the pictures below. These areas have a history of being used by both Aboriginals and Europeans in the past. The ochre was collected for important ceremonies or to trade for other goods. These areas are still considered sacred by many First Nations today, so just keep that in mind if you visit this area. Just as you should be respectful to any area in National Parks.

If you want more information about the history of these paint pots, click here.

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Now in the upcoming pictures, you will probably think that the vibrant orange colour it photoshop… well it is not. If you ever go visit there you will see this exact colour on the ground!

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This was a little waterfall on the side of the path. Here you walked on the orange ground on the right side of the picture, however later on when it gets more muddy they have wooden boards so you don’t completely dye your shoes orange!

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Personally, I loved these mini green coloured lakes at the top of the hike. I thought they were beautiful in contrast with the bright orange ground.

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At first I was like why would people leave garbage up here, but then we continued to read the signs and these were actually tools used in the past to help get the ochre out!

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I found these cute little purple flours and of course I nearly got covered in the orange mud trying to take pictures of them! Whoops!

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Well I hope you enjoyed this post. If there is any advice I will give you for this short hike it would be to bring your camera! But also wear your hiking shoes so you won’t care if they get dirty and also bring a plastic bag or have somewhere that is designated in your car for dirty shoes! We washed ours off in a puddle, but they will never be 100% clean…

Have you ever been to the paint pots? And if so, did you fall into the orange mud off the wooden beams like I did?!

Until next time,

xoxo

Knox Mountain Park Hike | Kelowna, BC

Knox Mountain Park Hike | Kelowna, BC

Hello friends,

Today my post will be about the hike we did in Kelowna! If you haven’t seen my first post on Kelowna you can click here so that you can have some background to this post.

Kelowna is absolutely stunning. I loved it there. It was so hot everyday we were visiting there, which was nice because a few days before hand we drove through a snow storm on the Icefields Parkway!! But that is a story for another day…

Anyways, this post is about Knox Mountain Park. This hike definitely ranges from easy parts of the trail to hard. However, I did not actually have good judgement of that because I had Mexican food and margaritas before hand in +30 degree weather!! So you could say I was not feeling the best and I kind of died on the way up … but I made it ๐Ÿ™‚

You can take your dog on this trail, as long as they are on leashes. There are a few look off points on the way up, but the top one is the best by far. Don’t forget to look around while you are hiking instead of just focusing on your feet and staring at the ground because the views constantly change as you hike up further and they are all stunning.

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Top of the mountain sights to see!

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Mid way up the hike now.

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Views overlooking the city, about 1/3 of the way up the hike.

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This is from the first look off point!

I strongly advise you not to do this hike if you had Mexican food and very strong margaritas before hand …. but I survived so I am sure you will too!

What hikes have you done in the Kelowna area?

Until next time,

xoxo

Abandoned Rail Trail | Glacier National Park, BC

Abandoned Rail Trail | Glacier National Park, BC

Hello friends,

Today I bring you pictures from a short hike in Glacier National Park! We went on a easy 2.4km round trip hike on an abandoned railway in Rogers Pass.

Rogers Pass is a high mountain pass through the Selkirk Mountains of BC! It was used by the Canadian Pacific Railway, as well as the Trans-Canada Highway. It was very cool to walk through there. There were still original parts of the railway scattered throughout the trail as well as little signs that explained the entire history of the railway along the hike.

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Views as we entered Glacier National Park!

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These are the original beams that held up the Canadian Pacific Railway. They don’t look huge in the pictures, but they are! We could not even get a picture of us standing next to them without cutting the top of the beam out of the frame!

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One of the many beautiful views from a lower elevation area on the hike.

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Avalanche!

Avalanches are very common in Glacier National Park. There are many tunnels on the highway as well as the railway to prevent trains and vehicles from being buried in an avalanche. Large areas of this park actually get closed when they are trying to control avalanches with explosives.

Rogers Pass receives an average of 10 meters of snowfall in the treeline each winter, so you can just imagine the amount of avalanche control that needs to happen in Glacier National Park each year!

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I suggest watching your footing if you end up going on this hike because parts of the path are not that smooth, but I do think that if you are in the area it is a lovely short hike to go on with lots of history behind it!

Let me know if you have ever gone on this hike in the comments below!

Until next time,

xoxo

Wapta Falls Hike | Golden, BC

Wapta Falls Hike | Golden, BC

Hello friends,

Todays post is about a short, but beautiful hike we went on in Golden calledย Wapta Falls. At the end of the hike you are at the bottom of this beautiful waterfall with a mountain drop background.

It is about a 1.5 hour hike (2.3 km) with a 60m elevation loss walking down to the falls, which you regain on your way back up so be prepared! The trail is in pretty good condition, but near the end it gets quite narrow, so watch your footing! Its definitely worth the hike if you are in the area.

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A back drop of mountains always surrounds you in Golden.

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This was at the mid way point, not quite the best view of the falls just yet!

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Almost at the best view …

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This was how the trail looked closer to the bottom of the falls. The forest floor was covered in moss due to the moisture from the mist of the falls!

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Tada! A view of the falls from the beach down below. You can see the massive amount of mist in the air coming off of the bottom of the falls.

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Well I hope you enjoyed this quick little extra post for the week. Let me know if you have ever done this hike, or others you have done in this area!

Until next time,

xoxo