Collin J Örthner – Photographer

February 22, 2010

Victoria Glacier

Filed under: 6x17, Hi Res, Ice, Medium Format, Nature, Panorama, Panoramic, Rocks, Travel — collin j örthner @ 10:29 pm

Flowing down the valley between Fairview Mountain and Whyte Mountain, is the massive Victoria Glacier in Banff National Park. Hiking up the trail that starts along the south end of Lake Louise, you start heading up following the rocky moraine left from previous glaciation. We hiked up this on Labour Day weekend almost 20 years ago or so, along a very busy trail – too busy for my liking – but the spectacular views really make up for it. It is quite an experience to get very close up to a glacier and see just how massive they are and realizing the power of the ice to reshape mountains is rather humbling. The day was near 30C, which is quite unusual in the mountains especially in September. The heat was causing large chunks of ice to fall down the face of the mountain with resounding roars and looked for all the world like a waterfall. The way the glacier flows down the valley made the use of my panorama camera especially appropriate in capturing the feel of the area.

[Linhof 617, 90mm lens, Fuji RFP]

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