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Standing on a Glacier on the other side of the world – #SundayStills

January 17, 2021
standing on a glacier

The Columbia Icefield is the largest non-polar ice field in North America’s Rocky Mountains. Located within the Canadian Rocky Mountains, the ice field lies partly in the northwestern tip of Banff National Park and partly in the southern end of Jasper National Park. We took an excursion on the Ice Explorer to a place where you can walk on, feel and drink from the Athabasca Glacier.

The prompt for this week’s #SundayStills Photo Challenge was Glacier Blue. I don’t often take part in this photography challenge hosted by Terri at Second Wind Leisure Perspectives. However, Glacier Blue reminded me of our last international trip which was in September/October of 2019. COVID-19 has restricted everyone and unfortunately, travelling domestically or internationally may not happen for some time.

Our last trip was a trip to Seattle, an Alaskan Cruise (which seems to be one many Aussies have on their bucket list) and finally a Canadian Rockies Bus Tour. What an inspiringly beautiful part of the world and my husband, Mike and I were able to experience sailing past glaciers but also standing on one! It was freezing but awe-inspiring. Whilst I couldn’t quite capture that shade of Glacial Blue I hope you enjoy the wonders of nature.

Where I live on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia it is hot and humid in Summer with mild winters so visiting Alaska and Canada to experience snow and ice was a wonderful experience.

For many of us, we take many photographs when we travel and then over time forget to look at them. I’m also not the best photographer in the world.

Today, I’m sharing my memories of that trip and thank you to Terri and her prompt for encouraging me to actually revisit our last trip and the memories we made.

Standing on a Glacier on the other side of the world

Flying the Aussie Flag on the Colombia Icefield

Sailing Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska

Whilst the weather wasn’t kind with showers and low cloud, sailing the Glacier Bay National Park was an experience not to be missed. We took a Princess Cruise from Seattle and sailed to Alaska visiting Ketichikan, Juneau, Skagway and the Glacier Bay National Park before heading to our final destination in Vancouver.

Cruising Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska

The spectacular lakes of the Rocky Mountains

Lake Louise is the more well-known lake in this area of the Rocky Mountains but my favourite was Lake Morain. I was blown away by the colour of the water and the overpowering natural beauty surrounding the lakes.

Lake Louise
Lake Morain

Have you travelled to this part of the world? I would return in a heartbeat if I could, but for the moment I’m happy to relive my memories through my photographs.

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  • Reply Michele Somerville January 17, 2021 at 13:53

    I have never been the re, thank you for sharing your story and the pictures. Blessings, Michele

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 17, 2021 at 17:06

      It is so beautiful Michele, one of our best trips actually for natural beauty and splendour. x

  • Reply Donna Connolly January 17, 2021 at 15:18

    Hi, Sue – I’m delighted to see you at #SundayStills. Ironically, earlier today I was thinking about your trip to Canada. I plan to use one of those photos in a photo challenge that I am currently taking part in. Stay tuned for that!
    I love the pictures that you have shared here, as well as the memories that you have included. I have one final thought to add – please come back soon! 😀

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 17, 2021 at 17:07

      I would love to come back soon such a gorgeous part of the world and my favourite people who live there. (That’s you by the way LOL:) )xx

  • Reply Debbie Harris January 17, 2021 at 16:40

    We are on the same wavelength Sue, posting our glacier shots for Terri’s Sunday Stills. I’m so glad to see you joining and I loved reading about your trip again. Such great memories.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 17, 2021 at 17:08

      It was great to revisit that trip which was one of our favourites. I hope I can keep up with the challenge as it is something a bit different. x

  • Reply Terri Webster Schrandt January 18, 2021 at 04:59

    Sue, I’m so glad you shared your wonderful trip and fabulous photos on Sunday Stills this week! You not only captured your lovely adventures, you showed us the real glacier blue! Once travel is less restricted we hope to visit Banff now that we live in Eastern Washington state.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 25, 2021 at 09:06

      Thanks Terri, I’m inspired by your prompts for Sunday Stills and can see that I will definitely be able to participate in the next few as well. It was such a great time in Alaska and Canada and I’m happy to relive those memories any time. x

  • Reply kirstin troyer January 18, 2021 at 06:33

    Oh wow. These are amazing! I’d love to go to Alaska someday. I shared in this weeks challenge too….grabbed some photos from archives and then drove around town to see what I could find.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 25, 2021 at 09:08

      Hi Kirstin, Alaska and Canada are so beautiful so keep the faith that you will get there one day. I enjoyed your take on the Glacier Blue prompt in your post. x

  • Reply Christie Hawkes January 19, 2021 at 23:29

    Hello Sue. Glaciers are truly stunning and awe-inspiring, aren’t they? Larry and I have traveled to Alaska and seen the glaciers there and the beautiful turquoise Kenai River. We were hoping to go back to Alaska last July to spread my mother’s ashes. We postponed because of COVID and set our sights on July 2021. It looks like we may postpone again. We’ll get Mom there eventually! And we will definitely visit the glaciers again.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 25, 2021 at 09:03

      COVID has certainly put many plans on hold but I’m sure that when you do revisit for you Mother it will be an extra special experience. We would love to visit again. x

  • Reply suzanne vosbikian January 20, 2021 at 06:02

    Sue, I enjoyed seeing your photos from the trip Malcolm and I had to cancel last year. I remember it was your experience that helped us decide to book a cruise to Alaska and a land tour of Canada. Hopefully, we will try again next year. Your photographs are perfect for Terri’s Glacier Blue challenge.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 25, 2021 at 09:02

      Thank you Suzanne and we would love to revisit. I would suggest visiting perhaps in August or September, October was the end of the season so the weather was closing in. Fingers crossed you will get there some day. xx

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