Canadian Rockies Haiku

Marveling at Bow Glacier Falls

I’m back after two weeks of exploring the Canadian Rockie Mountains. I hiked just shy of 55 miles (88 km) and climbed almost 15,000 feet (4572 m) in elevation. It was glorious.

The internet was horrible, and I dropped and smashed my laptop while searching for a place to get online. Oh well, more time to enjoy the beauty of the wilderness. While I get back into the swing of things (on my new laptop), I’m delighted to share some photos and mountain-inspired haiku.

The view from my room – Moraine Lake – unedited photo. The water is really that color.

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glacial ice trickles

into roaring white cascades

pristine topaz lakes

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Even the bad weather is beautiful

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fragrance of balsam

northern woodlands soothe the soul

deeply shaded green

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Lake Louise sunrise, another unedited shot

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at the water’s edge

sunrise creeps down the glaciers

reflections of gold

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On the way to the Plain of Six Glaciers tea house.

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tea house in the clouds

blueberry juniper tea

on top of the world

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Wildflowers everywhere.

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Indian paintbrush

yellow columbine abound

Alpine meadows bloom

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One of many waterfalls – Athabasca falls and canyon

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waterfalls cascade

thunder through narrow canyons

carving ancient rock

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No bears were harmed in the making of this photo

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far and wide we searched

for brown, black, and grizzly bears

not disappointed

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And a few other photos from the trail:

Thanks for coming along for a look!

274 thoughts on “Canadian Rockies Haiku

  1. We are avid hikers and this took my breath away, frame by frame. The amount of haiku you generated from it, impressive.

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    • I love sharing my adventures, Ray, but since this is a writing/booky blog, I have to add poetry. Lol. Thanks so much for stopping by and for the kind comment. It was a fantastic trip. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Thatโ€™s an impressive amount of distance you managed to hike in the Canadian Rockies, especially with all that elevation. Your pictures are gorgeous and looks like you had such fabulous weather. The hike to the Plain of Six Glaciers is one of my all-time favourite hikes in Banff.

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    • We were there for the last week of July and first week of August. Lots of other people, but my husband is afraid of bears (lol) so he wanted lots of people. I have so many favorite hikes. One of our most memorable was Bay Glacier Falls. That was out of this world. Thanks for taking a peek at the photos!

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  3. S Greene says:

    Wow! Such gorgeous pictures and wonderful haikus representing them. Thank you for sharing the wonders of your journey

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  4. Stunningly beautiful and fun ‘tour’, Diana. I love the poetry with the photo images, as well. I’m glad you have an adventurous and lovely trip, even with the smashed laptop incident. You’ve made me want to return to the Canadian Rockies. I think of them often. Once you see them, they tend to stay with your mind’s eye, I think. Thanks for sharing these images with us!

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  5. Mike U. says:

    Your images and haiku are glorious, Diana. You’ve successfully documented heaven on earth in this post. What an amazing adventure you had (despite the ill-fated laptop)! How I wish I could visit these places. The hue of those glacial lakes is otherworldly. Your photos live and breathe, and your words convey so much considering the brevity of the haiku form. Awe-inspiring stuff! I’m totally stoked that you were able to visit these places, and so happy you’ve shared them with us. Many thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • It’s hard to take a bad photo there, Mike, (though I have several with my finger in the frame. Lol) Aside from those, every where I turned there was something stunning that had my jaw dropping with awe. The mountains are definitely my element, and I’m so glad I got there. It’s a check mark on my bucket list for sure. I hope you find a way to get there someday, my friend. Thanks so much for stopping by and for the wonderfully kind comment. Hugs.

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  6. So, so beautiful! What an amazing adventure.

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  7. Dawn Minott says:

    Thanks for this vicarious journey!!! Loved it!!!! There is so much of my Canada-home I havenโ€™t seen โ€ฆ.

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  8. Congratulations to great holidays, Diana. It seems you don’t reached Wayne’s home in Tofino. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I also love the mountains, but here they are a little bit far away. So i am waiting for winter, and get the feeling of Siberia instead. Lol Best wishes, Michael

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    • Tofino is a future trip, Michael. It’s a little closer to me as its directly north. I can’t wait for that one too. Oh, no, don’t mention winter yet. I know that most of the world is sweltering, but where I live, it’s barely heated up. Enjoy the natural beauty around you, Michael. Have a great week. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. Jennie says:

    Glorious barely describes what you saw. Thank you for your incredible photos. Just WOW!

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  10. ShankvoN says:

    Thanks for sharing! It’s been ages since I have last gone out! Holed up in office and home all day long! Feels kinda refreshing after seeing photos and reading your experience! โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜‡๐ŸŒน

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    • Thanks for the lovely comment. My husband and I are retired now, and finally, we’re getting to see a bit of the world. It’s so beautiful. I’m glad you enjoyed coming along. Happy Travels. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  11. mydangblog says:

    Wow, that sunriseโ€”incredible!

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  12. Taylorใƒƒ says:

    Breath taking & beautiful!

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  13. Rupaghosal says:

    Very nice .Thank you so much.

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  14. Widdershins says:

    Being from Australia, the first time I saw a blue lake I was truly gobsmacked! It was Lake Louise, of course. ๐Ÿ˜€ … looks like you’ve made some excellent memories. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • I was gobsmacked too, Widds. I just kept staring at it and thinking “no one’s going to believe the color in my photo is real.” We made some great memories and are mulling over where to go next year. ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks for dropping by!

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  15. Chaymaa says:

    Gorgeous photos, so beautiful nature!! It must’ve been an amazing trip!

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  16. C.E.Robinson says:

    Diana, a little bit of our glorious country! Your photos are postcard quality. Special camera or phone? Beauty and tranquility at its best! Thanks for sharing with us. Your titles are poetry all their own. ๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŽถ Christine

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  17. WrittenByMe says:

    Just beautiful !

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  18. Ann Coleman says:

    That’s so beautiful!!!

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  19. What a gorgeous place to explore! Your words and photos are spectacular Diana. You did some impressive hiking and I imagine the altitude was challenging. Sorry about the laptop, Iโ€™m debating if I should take mine. Thanks for taking us along, hugs, C

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    • The altitude took about a day of adjustment. We drove up there which made the change a little more gradual. You’ll have to decide about the laptop, Cheryl, but I won’t be taking mine anymore. Not because I might drop it again, but I don’t want to stress over sketchy internet, and honestly, vacations are vacations are vacations. My recommendation: Take a journal and just enjoy the amazing adventure ahead of you. I am so intrigued (and a bit jealous!). Thanks for stopping by to check out the Canadian Rockies! Hugs.

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  20. Resa says:

    WOW! Stunning photos!
    It is a gorgeous place. It’s been years since I was there, but the beauty remains etched in me.
    Love your Haikus!
    Welcome back!
    May the fires never find here!

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    • Thanks for dropping by, Resa. You have an utterly beautiful country. I’m so glad you’ve explored this area. I fell in love with everything about it, which I knew I would. Glad you enjoyed the poetry too. โค โค
      Thanks for stopping by and for the welcome home. โค

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      • Resa says:

        Love the poetry!
        Check out Jasper National Park (there’s a town near by called (lol) Jasper.
        It’s stunning there as well. In case you decide to vaycay in the Canadian Rockies again! โค โคโค โค

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        • We LOVED Jasper and spent about a week up there. I could live in Jasper, Resa, if the winters weren’t so long. We hit some beautiful hikes, and ran into a couple of bears too. It was awesome.

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  21. suerovens says:

    These pictures are AMAZING!!!! Of course the deer (?) one at the end is the best. LOL. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Thanks so much, Sue. That’s an elk (which I thought was a caribou and was summarily corrected. Lol.) I was sooooo close to him, probably about 5 feet away, and he didn’t care. Just munching away. It was a beautiful trip, and I go again in a flash. Thanks for the visit and have a lovely day. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  22. Marcia says:

    Absolutely fantastic pictures, Diana, and the haiku fit so perfectly with each one! I’d LOVE to see some of that scenery someday. So glad you had a great trip, though sorry about the laptop. At least YOU fared well throughout and are home safe and sound to tell the tale! Thanks for sharing! ๐Ÿ˜€ โค

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    • Some year when you want to escape the Florida heat, Marcia. July and August are best. Many of lakeside, waterfall, and canyon paths are paved and easy walking. Or people just find a comfy chair at the water’s edge and read. It’s just beautiful. Thanks for the visit and for the wonderful comment. Hugs.

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      • Marcia says:

        If I ever feel comfortable flying anywhere again, I’ll definitely put this down as a place I’d like to visit. Maybe combined with a trip to see my daughter in Denver, so we can visit all the great natural areas near her, too. I’ve never been a good flyer, and right now, I don’t even want to go near an airport, but hopefully, that will improve eventually. In the meantime, I’ll enjoy the sights vicariously through posts like this one! Thanks again! ๐Ÿ˜€ โค

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  23. Hi Diana, what glorious pictures and I love the haikus too. Isn’t it amazing how natures bounty inspires poetry. It’s just there, everywhere you look.

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  24. Teri Polen says:

    The pics are just beautiful, Diana – as is the haiku! What a vacation you had. But I hate what happened to your laptop.

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    • The laptop was so sad, Teri. Ugh. Next time I’ll just leave it at home. ๐Ÿ™‚ We had a great trip. It’s such beautiful country, I couldn’t stop ooohing and aaahing and snapping tons of photos. Thanks for dropping by and Happy Reading. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  25. Toni Pike says:

    Stunning photos, Diana – and beautiful poems. Looks like the trip of a lifetime. Toni x

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  26. I love the photo of Spirit Island! It looks like God is smiling on your travels ๐Ÿ™‚ Were you impressed with Jasper? Dad and I delivered groceries there for many years.
    Athabasca Falls and Maligne Canyon (did you go?) are some of my favorites to visit. The sky tram is cool, too. It takes you to the top of Whistler’s Mountain where there is an nice chalet and a couple of trails that skim the clouds.
    So happy you enjoyed our country โค

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  27. The haikus are wonderfully inspired, but your photos are amazing, Diana! That area isn’t too far for us to travel, hopefully, next summer! Any issues getting through the borders?

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    • The borders were easy peasy, Terri. Just don’t take fruit, eggs, or pot across. Lol. It took less than a minute to glide through. And you could make the drive to the Banff area in a day. You would LOVE taking photos there. Everywhere you look there’s a mountain or lake or waterfall or glacier and often all four! I was in a state of constant awe. I could go on and on, but you get the idea. Lol. Thanks for the visit and I’m glad you enjoyed the photos!

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  28. Beautiful pictures and poems! Thanks for sharing! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  29. BERNADETTE says:

    The Canadian Rocky Mountain’s beauty has been captured by your photos. Too funny, Dom took the same bear picture with me in Alaska.

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  30. These are fantastic pictures, Diana! Great haikus too! Looks like you had a great time. I’m so sorry to hear about your laptop – ugh! I guess it’s fun to have new technology, but setting it up never is…

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    • My smashed laptop was only 4 months old, Barb, so I was pretty distressed for a few hours, but there was nothing I could do about it, but get back on the trail. Next time, I’ll leave it home! Thanks for stopping by and checking out the photos. The mountains were gorgeous and I’d go there again in a minute. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  31. Rebecca Budd says:

    Third time around for me, Diana! Sorry for my late response – I have just returned from a 3-day family wedding which was held on a ranch just north of Squamish. There is poetry in the energy of nature.

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    • No problem. A wedding is a good excuse! They’re always so hopeful and joyful. Thanks for swinging by and taking a gander at the photos and poem. Haiku are easy to write in such placed for sure. Huge hugs, my friend. โค

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  32. oasiheneee says:

    Wow the scenery looks incredible ! Thank you for sharing !

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  33. Oh, WOW! Your photos are gorgeous! If that’s not heaven on earth, I don’t know what is. ๐Ÿ™‚ And your hiking and climbing records, what a feat! Thank you so much Diana for sharing your great adventure; it’s an inspiration for sure. Good to have you back. โค

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    • Thanks for stopping by, Khaya. The trip made me want to explore other giant mountains around the world. ๐Ÿ™‚ We had so much fun sighing at the beautiful scenery. Living it up, my friend, while this life lasts. โค โค

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  34. Wow! Stunning pics! (And awesome haiku!)

    I’m jealous of everything but the smashed laptop.

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    • Thanks, Mike. The smashed laptop was a bummer, but a good reminder that breaks aren’t supposed to be spent behind a screen. The place was gorgeous from beginning to end, and the weather was perfect for hiking. Glad you enjoyed the pics and the photos, my friend. Have an awesome day. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  35. Louise Brady, Author says:

    Shame about your laptop, but beautiful photos, especially the reflection of Lake Louise! Looks like an amazing place to visit โค

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  36. Looks like a wonderful trip.

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