This view of Peyto Lake in Banff National Park is one my favorite vistas.  The beautiful turquoise color of the lake is what drew me to visiting Banff.   I saw painting of the lake at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and just marveled at the color of the lake and knew I had to go see it for myself.

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Peyto Lake (Painting)

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The photograph I started with to make this painting is one of my favorites.  Moraine Lake is incredibly picturesque and it took me three trips to Banff National Park to find it with out the peak covered by clouds.

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Moraine Lake (Painting)

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Delicate Arch, Arches National Park

Arches National Park, 2010

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Delicate Arch

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Joshua Tree at Sunrise

Sunrise, just after Thanksgiving 2011

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Joshua Tree National Park

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Banff has so much amazing scenery.

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Mount Rundle, Banff National Park

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The warm weather this week in California has me thinking about summer. My favorite summer destinations are all in the Rocky Mountains, but it seems doubtful that traveling to national parks will be possible this summer.

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Lake Minnewanka, Banff National Park

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Petyo Lake is one of the most stunning vistas in any of the national parks I’ve visited. I’ve been to this point three times and three times it’s been stunning. Banff is the prettiest place I’ve been in North America and Petyo Lake is one of the best views in Banff.

The first time I visited, I was taking my time and soaking in the scenery. A tour bus arrives. A bus full of Japanese tourists quickly exit the bus, hastily snap a their pictures and within five minutes have rebounded the bus and the bus pulls away. I found it incredible that anyone would only spend 5 minutes appreciating this vista but wanting to be able to take my time anywhere I want is why I prefer to travel independently.

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Peyto Lake, Banff National Park

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This lake is located on the eastern side of the park along Going-to-the-Sun Road.

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Saint Mary Lake, Glacier National Park

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The views from Going to the Sun Road which cross the park are incredible.

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Going to the Sun Road, Glacier National Park

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