This past month we had the pleasure of traveling for the first time to Alberta for our niece's wedding in Calgary. After the wedding, we spent three nights in Banff National Park, driving north first to Jasper, then south along the Icefields Parkway to the Columbia Icefields, and then further south to the town of Banff. The drive was gorgeous for hours in every direction. We stopped to see turquoise mountain lakes, a shade of which I've never before seen in nature (like Peyto Lake, pictured below), and pale icy glacier fed rivers.
We hiked in canyons and down stinky Sulfur Mountain. The air was so clean and beautiful in the cool, piney mountains. It was a balm for the soul.
Above: the Snow Forest near Peyto Lake.
Left: Canoeing on Lake Louise on Canada Day, at dusk.
We also saw lots and lots of wildlife: a female moose, a black bear, herds of elk, deer, big horned sheep, mountain goats, and types of squirrels we don't have here: red squirrels and ground squirrels. I knew I wanted to make a pendant piece for my Brementown Musicians, but in colors that would remind me of the beautiful Alberta landscape, with animals we had seen on our trip. So here it is!
Below: "Oh, Canada!" Pencil and colored pencil. Copyright 2014 Jessica Boehman