Turquoise….

These bighorn sheep are beside a naturally turquoise lake formed by glacial rock flour…IMG_0197Blue, frozen glacial ice…IMG_1057-Edit IMG_0931 IMG_0992-Edit

Got Milk?. . .
The beautiful turquoise color shown in the photo is the true color of the water. Sometimes called “glacial milk”, the unusual color is due to the presence of “rock flour”, which consists of tiny clay particles formed as rocks stuck to the bottom and sides of a glacier grind against bedrock. This abrasion reduces some of the bedrock to a fine powder that looks like the flour used to make bread. As the ice melts this rock flour is exposed and transported away by meltwater, often into a nearby tarn.

They won’t settle down! . . . .
Meltwater also transports pebbles, sand, and silt into the lake, but these larger rock particles quickly settle to the bottom of the lake. In contrast, the much smaller particles of rock flour remain suspended in the water until the fall when the meltwater stops flowing or the lake freezes over. Only then does the water become calm enough to let rock flour settle to the bottom. A core sample from the middle of the lake would probably reveal alternating layers of silt and clay called “varves”. . . . One layer of each (varve) for every year the lake has been in existence.

Why so blue? . . .
Sunlight includes many different wavelengths of light ranging from the longer “reds” to the shorter “violets” (ROYGBIV). A white T-shirt is white because it reflects all of the wavelengths, a black shirt is colorless because it absorbs all of the wavelengths, and a red shirt is red because it absorbs the OYGBIV and reflects the R (red wavelengths). Apparently the tiny particles of rock flour suspended in the lake are just the right size to reflect more of the blues and some of the greens than any of the other wavelengths.

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Perk Benefits…

My husband has a very demanding job that leaves him on the road a vast majority of the time.  He works as an agronomist and is a agronomic adviser.  It is hard for both of us for him to be gone so much and spread so thin, especially with a full-time job of raising sheep, and having eight kids.  Occasionally though, there are some perk benefits to his job.  Over Thanksgiving week, my beloved had to attend a conference in Canada and I was able to go with.  My parents watched the kids, our oldest son watched the farm and we headed off.  The conference was in Banff National Park.  I was pretty excited to get to see some new country and just hang out with my hubby.  When we arrived at our motel, I think my jaw hit the ground…

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Umm, ya!  My first stay in a castle!  Fairmont Banff Hot Spring.  The first day I thoroughly enjoyed exploring around outside the castle and taking a few pictures (of course)!

I hiked down to the frozen falls…

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The view from our room!

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My husband had meeting all day long, so the second day, I slept in late, had a wonderful lunch, enjoyed my first massage and hung out in the mineral pools and spa!

The evenings we spent wining and dining.

Our last morning there, which happened to be Thanksgiving morning we awoke to a wonderful sunrise and headed for home…

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It was a beautiful day for traveling, cold but plenty of sunshine!

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We made good time home.  I really had to just appreciate the scenery and bite my tongue to not stop at every beautiful spot!  We will have to go back again when we have a bit more time.  But we did make it home for Thanksgiving dinner with the family…
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Fuzzy Flowers…

 

While in Waterton, Alberta, Canada this past weekend we spotted several of these “fuzzy” wildflowers.  The bees seemed to love them!  I can’t seem to find what they are though, so if you happen to know give me leave me a comment!  😉  Please!!

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The wildflowers were at there peak.    It left us breathless viewing the open prairie or hillsides full of these different beauties and then the mountains jutting up behind them.

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