Train by a Lake in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

I took this photo eleven years ago, when I took the summer off, packed my car with my dog, my camera, and my camping gear and headed out all over the Northern US and up into Canada. Oh, it was a good summer.

I wasn’t a professional photographer at that point, just someone who had been taking photos since I was aย young girl, and who just loved it. Nature and landscapes were what I took, as that’s what I did. And on this trip, I saw more than I had ever seen before.

My favorite place on this trip was a place that stole my heart —ย Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada. To this day, it still ranks as the most beautiful place I’ve ever been, with so much nature and wildlife, and some really nice people too. It felt like home to me, and someday I hope to make it back there. It truly is a special place.

This photo was taken late in the afternoon. I had gone for a hike with my dog (we had even met up with a black bear, which was both scary and a dream come true (: ), and we ended up at this lake — just me and my dog and some ducks. I was busy taking photos when I noticed a rainbow, and then the train came in, and I though, “Oh, this is good.”

I don’t have very many of my old film images digitized, but this one just brings back such wonderful memories, and I still do like this image.

Shot taken with a Minolta Maxxum 3xi (consumer film 35mm SLR) with a 70-210 lens and scanned into the digital world.

Image Copyright ยฉ Katie Johnson. All Rights Reserved.

~ by KatiesCameraBlog on March 27, 2012.

82 Responses to “Train by a Lake in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada”

  1. I LOVE Jasper national park…lovely… What a great shot- I like too that the train is rolling through- lovely colors…

  2. Wow, wow, wow! Such a pleasant and surprising view. I loved this photo. The reflection has doubled the beauty, I think. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    And you just described “present me” in this post. Hehehehe. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Loved it!

  3. Beautiful!

  4. i love the balance of color here, and the setting is just too beautiful.
    black bear sighting quite the bonus!

  5. A wonderful shot Katie, with a rainbow too! I travelled on that railway in the 70’s. It’s simply God’s country.

  6. Great image (as always)! ๐Ÿ™‚ As I’m saying now and then it’s interesting to watch compositions that aren’t always in the classic rule of thirds.

  7. Wow Katie….outstanding!!!! The mountains with that black white and red engine is “home” for me. Thanks for taking me there!!!!!

  8. Nice shot and a lovely back story too.

  9. Great shot Katie. Jasper certainly is a beautiful place.

  10. What a wonderful photo. It was definitely a magical moment!

  11. Stunning Katie!

  12. An amazing shot, Katie.

  13. very jealous, I have always wanted to go to Canada… hoping to be going next year if our plans go to plan ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. What a cool scenic shot. Love it.

  15. This is gorgeous Katie! Love it!

  16. It’s like the rainbow has painted the mountain. There is something surrealistic to this photo and I like it!

  17. WOW!!!

  18. who needs “professional” when it’s this stunning ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Perfectly gorgeous, katie!

  20. What a great shot! When I first came out west from Ontario I worked in Jasper in the back country for an outfitter for the summer – it was wonderful ! I am hoping to go there this Easter weekend and will post the photos. ๐Ÿ™‚ Jane

  21. Sometimes it is all about being in the right place at the right time! What a beautiful place and a special memory!

  22. Love it! Especially love trains.

  23. Lovely!!

  24. What a wonderful photograph, Katie! And thanks for sharing the wonderful memory with us. Jasper National Park is at the top of my list of places to go in the next 5 years!

  25. Amazing! The reflections are beautiful – great moment and capture.

  26. wow, 11 years ago. Fantastic shot with such lovely light and colors.

  27. Oooooh this is so beautiful!

  28. Wow! That’s just breathtaking! I wish I was there right now! I love the rainbow! ๐Ÿ˜€

  29. Love the colors ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. I miss Jasper National Park, I have so many wonderful memories from that place too. Thank you for sharing Katie.

  31. You were very lucky then since this one won’t come twice. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Love it!

  32. This is one of my favorites, Katie! Beautiful shot! ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. WOW… rainbow!!! love, love, love it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. Magical!

  35. sensational photo Katie
    i didn’t know you shot film, i’m learning ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. amazing colours and lights!! Lovely! This pic is an inspiration!
    I created a tumblr so please have a quickly look if you can.
    Thank you!

  37. Stunning!

  38. What a fantastic photo!
    Visiting Canada is on the top of my list – and Jasper National Park has been put on the list too ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. OMG this place looks gorgeous! lovely photography too….

  40. A wonderful story & an amazing picture. Just love this image. ๐Ÿ™‚

  41. Katie, this is one of my favorites. So much energy in this picture. I’m so glad that you have continued following your dream.

  42. Wow! This is spectacular! Truly a special photo. It looks like a dream…the rich color makes it look like a beautiful movie still. I mean that in the best possible way. You know how in movies, things tend to look extra-beautiful because of all the touch-ups they do. That’s what this photo has, that sense of extra beauty. Amazing, Katie!

  43. Incredible colours in this one Katie. Catching up on blogs this evening โ€” finally!

  44. excellent photo Katie!!

  45. Beautiful Shot!!! I love a good rainbow!

  46. Fabulous photo Katie, amazing light!!

  47. Very beautiful picture, Katie, excellent photography! I often rotate my shots for added impact – this one also looks very good rotated 90 degrees clockwise. Adrian

  48. Wow!! it looks like painting rather than a photo

  49. Oh, man! What a great capture! It’s so beautiful, it’s otherworldly — I suspect there are hobbits and elves walking through that forest. ๐Ÿ™‚ Your post made me nostalgic for my old Minolta, not to mention Kodachrome…

  50. Perfect. Wonderful. Gorgeous. WOW

  51. Beautiful scenery!

  52. Katie, this entire image is simply stunning!! WOW

  53. Stunning image Katie.

    I love the perfection of the reflection in the water and the partial rainbow make the composition all the more unique. Looks like a great area to camp, sit by the water’s edge and just Be.

  54. Hi Katie, Many thanks for the continual supply of wonderful pictures.

    I just wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for Versatile Bloggers Award. John

  55. Spectacular shot! Truly amazing ๐Ÿ™‚

  56. Jasper is probably one of my favourite places as well – great shot!

  57. Such a beautiful image; you have done an amazing job shooting this

  58. Talented Lady, where are you? Miss your posts. They inspire. Hope to see you back posting soon, but I understand breaks. Take all the time you need and want. All the best.

  59. Remarkable image!

    I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! Your blog is inspiring! Keep up the good work and thanks for the fellowship!
    To pass on the award go toย

  60. This photo is truely amazing! You always come up with new and wonderful shots! I love stopping by, makes me miss fresh air (;

  61. Katie…!

    Where are you? You’ve not blogged in a long while… I hope you are ok!?

    Your blog posts were so uplifting and inspiring to me…

    … I miss you and hope you are well… :o/


  62. Katie, this is the last e-mail notification I received from your blog! Where are you? Are you ok? I have had to have three breaks from posting for three different reasons, none of them serious. Hope you are the same!

    Keep well


  63. That is a very nice photo actually.

    Is that the only size you have of it? A bigger one would be great.

  64. I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award ( Feel free to participate or just simply enjoy the nomination.

  65. This photo is beautiful ! Very beautiful !
    I would be soooo scared to encounter a bear while trekking !
    I’ve never been there but it’s on my list ! I’m in Canada (Quebec) but it’s so far from where I live. I really hope I can go someday !

  66. I can’t see you dear katie, I hope and wish everything is fine, I missed you. Love, nia

  67. Echoing the comments from earlier – I also miss seeing your work. Hope all is well. Peace my friend.

  68. It’s gorgeous! So peaceful… The front of a greeting card =)

  69. Dear Kate I worry about you, I hope and wish you are fine… I miss you, love, nia

  70. Seriously, WHERE ARE YOU!

    Please update a little? Hope you are fine. ๐Ÿ™‚

  71. Dear Kate, Please let us hear you again… ๐Ÿ™‚ I miss you and I hope and wish you are fine… Blessing and Happiness, love, nia

  72. The light in this shot is mesmerizing, and the reflection of the rainbow just superb. I wish I was taking shots as good as that 11 years ago.

  73. The Hill looks pretty much artificial. But itยดs the light. Very nice shot. ๐Ÿ™‚

  74. Cool stuff! Just to also let you know that my blog address as changed and in changing it, I lost all my likes, followers & stats, what a pain!! I would be grateful if you could find the time to re-like at least a few posts that you’ve liked before and even more grateful if you would follow me again ๐Ÿ™‚ New blog address is: – it’s still the same monkey behind the wheel though! xx

  75. Katie?


  77. Hi, Katie — Hope all is well with you. I haven’t posted on my own blog for a few months, ever since I went back to college and stopped traveling, but I’ll be back some day and I hope you will be too. I always looked forward to seeing your wonderful photos. Take care, and happy holidays.

  78. Incredible shot!

  79. Beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚

  80. Miss you, Katie. ๐Ÿ™‚

  81. What a fantastic photo! Those colors and that rainbow in this amazing landscape – I wish I was travelling in that train!

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