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Take it. Take another piece of my heart. (Icefields Parkway, Jasper National Park)

2010 September 23
by shana

Icefields Parkway, Jasper National Park

I thought I loved Glacier National Park. I thought Kootenay National Park was beautiful. I thought I loved Banff. But then, I drove the Icefields Parkway in Jasper National Park, and… well, it it was love at first sight and I fell. Fell hard.

I felt humbled and experienced an awe beyond any I had experienced before for the magnificence of my surroundings. It was as though I was not only driving through this landscape, but that it was passing through me as well. I could feel it through every cell of my being. I was moved. I was teary eyed. I was breathless. I felt poetic, and declared to the vastness around me, “Should there be anyone to desire my heart, it can be found along the Icefields Parkway in Jasper National Park.”

Icefields Parkway, Jasper National Park

Unlike Lake Louise, I hadn’t researched or heard much about Jasper, or the Icefields Parkway and I didn’t have any expectations. And I think I prefer it that way. Sure, sometimes you miss out on things that you wished you had known about, but sometimes the “discovery” of something makes it so much more powerful.

Icefields Parkway, Jasper National Park

My sweet dog was asleep in the back seat. It was just another road to him. But, every time I would gasp or exclaim about the beauty that surrounded us he would startle and jump up to see what the excitement was about. I felt bad every time for disturbing him, but I couldn’t help myself. It was so beautiful…. amazing….awesome….

Icefields Parkway, Jasper National Park

The views were… indescribable and unphotographable. I have never been able to take a landscape shot that really, I mean really captures the place and the sense of place. I tend to prefer the more abstract angle to things. I enjoy patterns and textures. I enjoy things that look like something they are not. I will let the landscape photographers do their thing. I did try to take a few shots however to give a small sense of the place. Hopefully, you are inspired to visit yourself because a photograph is not a good substitute for experience in a place like this.

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  1. September 23, 2010

    Landscapes can never truly capture a place. I have hundreds of really uninspiring pictures of places that made my jaw drop. It does look beautiful though. And who is the handsome gentleman in the last picture?

    • shana permalink*
      October 8, 2010

      Yep, that is about right Sparky. That handsome mister is my wonderful travel companion.

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