Canadian Wilderness

© Laura E. Swan

Canadian Wilderness

Tiia Vissak September 12, 2010

very beautiful! #1307149

Dick W. Wyatt September 12, 2010

One of your very best Laura !!! #8895442

Michelle Alton September 12, 2010

A gorgeous landscape beautifully presented, Laura. #8895494

Jeff Robinson level-deluxe September 12, 2010

You are an amazing Tour Guide Laura!! Wonderful pov and capture! Jeff #8895543

Ron McEwan September 12, 2010

OMG Laura, this sure looks like wilderness. Love the warm light and those clouds rounds the shot out perfectly, well done my friend. I guess Kiki and Leif are about ready to head back home by now. I know they had a blast. #8895708

Carol A. Grady September 12, 2010

Beautiful landscape work Laura. Love the way the shot shows the different textures of our lovely land. #8895748

Laura E. Swan level-classic September 12, 2010

Hi Tiia, Dick, Michelle, Jeff, Ron, Carol and Mr. Tree!

1) Thanks you
2) WOW! Thanks
3) Very kind of you!
4) I know I am! HA! (THX!)
5) It sure was Ron. Thank you. And Nope. Not yet! They still have 11 more days! :D Jasper Time!
6) Thank you Mr. Tree. Kiki will love hearing from you! I'll be sure she see this.

All of you...Have wonderful days today, okay??? I will visit you all @ your galleries as soon as I am able.

-Laura :) #8895997

Patrick Rouzes level-classic September 12, 2010

Superb colors, tones, clarity, lighting, perpsective, layers, & mood captured here, Swanee! Outstanding image & work, my friend! WTG! #8896531

Chris Ebben September 12, 2010

Good to hear you are having a good time with your visitors. I bet they liked it in the " Canadian Wilderness". Wll done & say hello for Tony & I =^..^= #8896538

John Connolly September 12, 2010

What a fantastic sky to set this magnificent scene off with Laura!
I bet Kiki and Leif had a ball with you! #8896557

Laura E. Swan level-classic September 12, 2010

Hi Sabrina, Paddy, Chris and John!!! Kiki and Leif are LOVING the ROCKIES and we have had SO DARNED MUCH FUN with them. We toured Banff together yesteday from about 9:30 am till 9:00PM!

We saw 2 foxes, (ON WAS HEATING A SQUIRREL WHOLE! UGH!) Giant Crows, A Bull Elk and then some Female Elk later. :) They saw BEARS from the Gondola ride in the Lake Louise area last week! WOW! So happy for them!

It has been a BLAST!

Thank you all. Having a great time here and really enjoying your comments!


P.S. I will tell them for you guys! :) #8896590

Roxanne M. Bubar September 12, 2010

WOW Breath taking view, image and presentation #8896600

Laura E. Swan level-classic September 12, 2010

Thanks Very Much, Roxanne!!! :)

-Laura #8896664

JO ANN CLEVELAND September 12, 2010

Absolutely gorgeous Laura!

jo ann c. #8896793

Wm Nosal September 12, 2010

Wow! Beautiful, Laura! #8896942

Laura E. Swan level-classic September 12, 2010

Hi Jo Ann! Hi Wm!

Thank you so very much!!! :D

-Laura #8896954

Lorna Shutter September 13, 2010

Wow! What a spectacular view, Laura! Sounds like you are having so much fun with Kiki & Leif (pronounced "Life")! Ha! Ha! The lighting and shadows are beautiful in this image! Awesome capture, Sis! :) #8898172

Laura E. Swan level-classic September 13, 2010

Thanks Sweetie! :D YES! Pronounced LIFE. I have always thought it was LEAF. So I catch myself making this mistake a lot!!! I hope he forgives me!

Glad you like my image, Lorna Doone. :) Thanks very much! I wonder where we are on the tour now in your gallery? I will go look!

-Lala #8898188

Karen Kessler September 13, 2010

The colors & pov are fantastic, Lala! Another beauty from your neck of the woods! :) #8898283

Tammy Espino September 13, 2010

Ohhhhhhhhhh, ahhhhhhhhhhh beautiful!! #8898700

Tammy Espino September 13, 2010

Ohhhhhhhhhh, ahhhhhhhhhhh beautiful!! #8898701

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna September 13, 2010

I'm jealous...all we have here is flat, then there's flat and if you look close you will see FLAT! AWESOME image, Lorna! :-) k #8898704

Laura E. Swan level-classic September 13, 2010

Kitty! Still chuckling. DON'T BE JEALOUS! I HATE JEALOUS! Just get your buns UP HERE! Then you can see take this beauty in FIRST HAND, too! :)))

Thanks so much Kalena and Tam-tam and Miss Kitty-kitty!


Kiki and Leif are having a BLAST!

-Laura #8898788

Lorna Shutter September 13, 2010

Thanks Kitty! Glad you like this image! Too bad I can't take the credit for it though! It's Sister Laura's! LOL! :D #8898824

Laura E. Swan level-classic September 13, 2010

Of COURSE you Can Sister. Whats mine is yours. <3


Lorna Shutter September 13, 2010

Forget it!!! LOL! :D #8898867

Laura E. Swan level-classic September 13, 2010

Hehe! Poor Sport. It might have been FUN! #8898991

Laura L. Gonzales September 13, 2010

STUNNING Em!!! You really out did yourself on this one! These images should be hung up, or featured in travel guides!! Breathtaking for sure!! Hugs:) Laura #8899170

Douglas Pignet September 14, 2010

Beautiful colors and clarity..Well done #8899315

James E. Coleman level-classic September 14, 2010

AAAAAHHHH, yes I see now, the pretty places!!
gorgeous stuff, nice!!..:) #8899706

Shelly A. Van Camp level-classic September 14, 2010

Beautiful!! #8899847

Laura E. Swan level-classic September 14, 2010

Hi Laura, Doug, James and Shelly!

So nice to see you all here! I haven't had much time for commenting lately. Hope you will bare with me. I will catch up! :)

Appreciate your kind comments and visit!

-Laura :) #8900073

Tommy E. Burgess September 14, 2010

Absolutely stunning Vista and capture Laura!! What a breath taking capture! #8901068

Brett Dolsen September 15, 2010

Oh WOW and this at your back door!Amazing Laura! #8901154

Laura E. Swan level-classic September 15, 2010

Yes. This is what makes the long harsh winters worth it. Just keep that roaring fire going until you see THIS again! :D

Thanks for all you said, Tommy & Brett!

-Laura #8901223

Val Feldman level-deluxe September 15, 2010

EXCEPTIONAL!! Wow, LOTW, this is truly, magnificently, stunningly striking...I'm thinking I don't have enough superlatives! Truly, you've captured the heart and soul of your beautiful country with this one...just breathtaking! #8901991

Renata Gusciora September 15, 2010

Wonderful image and view,Laura!Fantastic composition,pov and lovely sky! #8902010

Laura E. Swan level-classic September 15, 2010

Hi Valarie and Renata! Okay NOW you guys REALLY have me smiling. WOW! Valarie, I think you need to become a Canadian and live here too. I think part of your heart yearns for this type of beauty? Mine does, too. When we first moved here 20 years ago I missed the ocean so much where I was born and raised and lived...but realized PRETTY FAST that I had been given one BEAUTY for ANOTHER! Wonderful and an even trade off! I might even have the best end of the stick now!

So glad you both love this vista! Thank you again so much!

-Laura :) #8902094

Gord MacEachern level-deluxe September 21, 2010

What a beautiful capture Laura, I hope we get to see this one again, love it!! #8922416

Patti Coblentz September 23, 2010

I don't know what LOTW means, but if it comes from Miss Kilmer, I'll 2nd it! Glorious vista with such color, depth, and beauty! Beautifully captured, Laura! #8926526

Laura E. Swan level-classic September 23, 2010

Hi Gord! :) Do you stay attached to threads or am I talking to air? Who knows??? But so fun to see you here! :)))... Truth e known, my typing scares MOST people off...So I don't blame you! :)

IN CASE YOU AR STILL HERE, Thanks so very much for the visit and huge vote of confidence!


Patti, I know you are here. :) Well, LOTW means...(Drum roll):

Lady Of The Woods!

Lady Laura Layers Herself in the woods a fair amt and our dear one VAL has picked up in this one..and tagged me a new pet name for it. :)

You guys are so fun! Thanks very Much! I can't even count the number of smiles you guys have brought to my life.

-Laura #8926534

Carol Teal September 25, 2010

Wow, a gorgeous scene here! Beautiful capture Laura! #8928520

Laura E. Swan level-classic September 25, 2010

Thank you Carol!!! :D Very much appreciated! Yes. Standing there was amazing. :)))

-Laura :) #8928546

Nancyj E. Hovey level-classic October 15, 2010

on your FINALIST! 8o) #8968362

Laura E. Swan level-classic October 15, 2010

OHMY GOSH! I JUST GOT A FINALIST ON THIS! HA! Mumj!!! LOOK!!! Thank you for the congrats! I didn't know I got one! I love this image and am VERY proud that it went finalist! :)


-Laura :)

Tiia Vissak October 15, 2010

Congratulations! #8968754

Tammy Espino October 15, 2010

Congrats on this awesome finalist :) You think GOLD it deserves it Laura loo loo!! #8968948

Tammy Espino October 15, 2010

Congrats on this awesome finalist :) You think GOLD it deserves it Laura loo loo!! #8968949

Laura E. Swan level-classic October 15, 2010

Thank you Tiia and Tammy! :D What a nice surprise for me today. IT IS SNOWING HERE LIKE CRAZY! Can you believe it!

Canada is so beautiful!

I appreciate your congratulations. Will be off the air for a while. See you when I return!! :)

-Laura #8969106

Stefania Barbier level-addict October 15, 2010

lovely finalist, congratulations!!! #8969394

Nancy (Peaches) Harker October 15, 2010


HUGE CONGRATS on your finalist!
Best of luck in the next round!


Lorna Shutter October 15, 2010

WTG, Sis!!! CONGRATULATIONS on your Finalist Award for this spectacular image!!!!! It could very well turn to Gold!!! Good luck! :)
Photobucket #8969652

Annette Carr level-classic October 15, 2010

Absolutely stunning! Huge Huge Congratulations on the finalist award :) Hope to see it continue, this is a beautiful photograph. #8969875

Kirsten Kiki Kjaer level-classic October 15, 2010

Oh, I'm so thrilled, MSSSLala! Congratulations. I love this beautiful image. And to think that I was there with you when you took it. It warms my heart so much to think about it. And I'm so happy that this is a finalist. It shows the splendor of the Rockies that you love so much. And I love them too.
I'm happy about my finalist too. And a little sad that I can't stay and enjoy it. It's late and I have so much work tomorrow.
I'll be back tomorrow night, though.
I hope your image will strike gold!! #8970029

John Connolly October 15, 2010

Huge congratulations on your finalist Laura, it is well deserved, thats's for sure!
It is wonderful that both you and Kiki received a finalist for your great work! #8970286

Wm Nosal October 15, 2010

Congratulations, Laura! #8970486

Ann H. Belus level-deluxe October 15, 2010

Congratulations on this excellent finalist image, Laura! #8970512

Carol L. Fowler October 15, 2010

Big Congrats Laura #8971014

Patti Coblentz October 15, 2010

Go girl!!! Congratulations and a big hug...wtg!!! #8971062

Graham Robards level-classic October 15, 2010

Oh how wonderful is this Madame Lala, gto girl and best of luck in the next round. ~Pat #8971308

Ron McEwan October 15, 2010

BIG CONGRATS my friend on this beautiful SILVER for September #8971523

Karen Kessler October 15, 2010

Congratulations on your awesome FINALIST, Lala!!! Well deserved! #8971741

Kathy Coombs October 15, 2010

Beautiful!! Love it there..congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #8971810

maria Warren October 15, 2010

big congrats big sis. :) I love this and good luck on the next round :) #8971942

Irene Colling level-deluxe October 15, 2010

You certainly do have glorious landscape up there and you skillfully captured its beauty in this image.

Congratulations on the Finalist Laura. #8971967

Rona L. Schwarz October 15, 2010

WOW! This is so gorgeous, Laura! You do Banff really proud! Have enjoyed reading this thread and sorry I have not been around much this month. Gotta catch up! But HUGE CONGRATULATIONS on this outstanding Finalist Good luck in the next round! #8972081

Val Feldman level-deluxe October 15, 2010

Yes, Our LOTW (sounds almost spiritual, doesn't it??:), this may very well go GOLD - it has all the makings for it, for sure and no "Ha's" about it!! I hope so...fingers, toes, eyes and nose (?) crossed! (Hope to be back from MIA soon and then I'll catch up on your spooktacular train ride..... ~Val #8972134

Barbara Waldoch level-classic October 15, 2010

Congratulations on your beautiful Finalist, Laura! #8972439

Dick W. Wyatt October 16, 2010

Congratulations, this is so good !!! #8972601

Alex T. Mizuno October 16, 2010

Congratulations on your Finalist Laura! Such a breathtaking image!!! #8972686

Amanda J. Tanner level-classic October 16, 2010

Congratulations on this well deserved finalist Laura! So Beautiful! #8972874

Ellen Hodges level-deluxe October 16, 2010

Huge congrats on this awesome finalist, Laura! Very best luck in the next round!!! #8973184

Merna L. Nobile October 16, 2010

Every month, with our camera in hand, we go out and find what we hope will be the “winning photo.”
Those of us that don’t get recognized, just continue to search for that special image, until one day the Congratulations come pouring in from some of the best artist and friends anyone could image.
So to the Better Photo winners for the month of September, I congratulate you on a job so well done.
My very best to all of you, Merna Nobile

Laura E. Swan level-classic October 16, 2010

This is such a wonderful surprise!!! Thank you all so VERY MUCH! I see many of you have them this month too! AWESOME. So many more were deserving too, that got passed over. WE AREA ALL WINNERS!!! ALL OF US!!! I feel very grateful to be surrounded by so many unique and talented photographers.

I truly appreciate the support!

-Laura/Lala/LOTW/LooLoo/MissRose/Sis/and HEY YOU. :D #8974283

Theresa Marie Jones level-deluxe October 16, 2010

Bravo, way to go, LooLoo! Fantastic capture! I haven't had a Finalist for 5 months, so happy for you! I am really enjoying your train ghost story and images. Keep up the great work! #8974342

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-deluxe October 16, 2010

Congratulations on your excellent finalist! What a stunner Laura! #8974389

Laura E. Swan level-classic October 16, 2010

Thank you guys! :) MUCH appreciated!!! Very exciting here!

WE AREA ALL WINNERS! No matter what awards we get or don't get! NEVER FORGET THIS!!!

(Sure is amazing to get awarded however! Make me so proud to show off my area to you and to have the BP Judges love it, too!)

Thanks Everyone! :D

-Laura #8974621

Stephen Zacker October 16, 2010

Congratulations on this fantastic scenic Laura #8975069

Tommy E. Burgess October 16, 2010

Huge congratulations on your gorgeous and well deserved finalist Laura!! #8975733

Melissa Olsen October 17, 2010

So beautiful!
Congrats! #8976869

Mary K. Robison October 18, 2010

GORGEOUS mountain scene, Pommers! So happy to see the judges agree on this!

Ann Coates level-classic October 18, 2010

Congratulations on your beautiful finalist Laura. Sorry I haven't been commenting much lately but we have run out of broadband (fast internet) so are on slow internet until the 21st of this month. I can't even upload a photo on to BP. Roll on the 21st. This is very deserved of a finalist award Laura. #8981976

David M. Montero October 19, 2010

Congratulations on your finalist selection Laura!!! #8983881

Christine Lobsinger level-classic October 19, 2010

Hey my friend!!!!! Congratulations to you on your beautiful Finalist shot!
Just popping in your gallery and I found this one!
Right on!
Very deserving sis!
Hope you are healthly/happy!
Come back soon!
Smiling #8984450

Patrick Rouzes level-classic October 20, 2010

CONGRATULATIONS on this incredible finalist, Swanee! I am not surprised at all! WTG! #8985578

Steve M. Harrington October 20, 2010

Good on you, Laura! A pretty painted picture of the mountains I love.
Steve #8985708

Laura E. Swan level-classic October 20, 2010

Thank you all so very much! :))) I really love your comments and appreciate the support!! :D

-Laura #8985921

Robert K. Bemus level-classic October 20, 2010

Congratulations on a well deserved Finalist, Laura!! #8986738

Renata Gusciora October 22, 2010

Big congratulations on your wonderful finalist,Laura!!!:-) #8988995

Laura E. Swan level-classic October 22, 2010

Thank you Robert!! :D I am proud of YOU TOO! I bet you are so happy about your surfer! :D


Thanks Renata! You too! :)))

-Laura #8989637

JO ANN CLEVELAND October 22, 2010

Don't know how I missed this Laura!

Congratulations girl..

jo ann c. #8989966

Laura E. Swan level-classic October 22, 2010

:) Thank you so much, Jo Ann! :) #8990083

Nancy J. Locke October 25, 2010


Soooo PROUD of you, dear Laura!!!

Hugs, Nancy #8994330

isabel C. Zepeda level-classic October 27, 2010



Ysa... #9000458

Laura E. Swan level-classic October 28, 2010

Hi Nancy J ! So wonderful to see you here and thank you so much dear lady!!! :)))


Hi Ysa! Thanks for the CONGRATULATIONS! :) This was a wonderful surprise for me to get a finalist for my beautiful back yard! :) It would remind you of your trip to Banff 2 years ago! :)))

Thank you again ladies! :D

-Laura #9001794

Gina M. Savage February 25, 2011

Congrats, Laura, on this fantastic finalist. Breathtaking! #9262215

Laura E. Swan level-classic February 25, 2011

Thank You So Much, Gina. It really is beautiful in the Canadian Rockies. Leif and Kiki Kjaer stood right here with us this very second this image was shot. We all took a deep breath together and enjoyed the view while cameras were shooting.

So glad BP loved this one too! :)

Fun to have you visiting! -Laura #9262244

Bill Houghton March 14, 2011

Laura, this is such a great photo. The colors and detail are wonderful. Have a great day, Bill #9290781

Reynaldo D. Reyes level-classic September 05, 2011

Quite amazing place you feature here Laura. Congratulations on this finalist. #9655352

Laura E. Swan level-classic September 05, 2011

Hi Bill and Reynaldo! Great to see you both! This place is so close to home. About an hour away. I've missed being here...Must post soon. Thank you both very much for your wonderful visit!

-Laura :D

Christopher Budny level-deluxe October 14, 2011

I've long wanted to see Banff... what a beauty! I like the shadows on the mountain, and those tall trees at right. Congratulations! #9734577

Laura E. Swan level-classic October 14, 2011

Thank you Chris! :) I agree with you, and do you know what I like the best about this image? There is no sign of MAN. It's just wilderness and natural beauty. It's why people never come here once if they can afford to return.

Banff has become a huge Honeymoon destination, especially in Hong Kong. The best photos in the world are to be taken here. Okay. I might be a bit bias. HA!

Do you know BPer Courtenay Vanderbilt? She and her hubby were just here last month. We went shooting with them for a day. WOW! She even gets up at the crack of dawn to take her photos and she is just starting to post some of them. I hope you will go take a peak!

Also Ron McEwan has dozens of images he has posted while he and his wife were here in July 2009.

LUCKY ME getting to meet all of the BPers as they come through! :)

-Laura :) #9734780

Mary K. Robison April 14, 2015

Hiya, Pom! I just discovered this beautiful outdoor scene from 2011 ~ it does pay to wander into the gallery sometimes... ;-D
Very belated Congratulations on its making Finalist, my Americanadian friend!

isabel C. Zepeda level-classic April 15, 2015

Omg what a beautiful view and picture
Ysa #11286063

Laura E. Swan level-classic April 15, 2015

Hi Mare!!! Thank you so much! And it pays to wander around in the Rockies, too!! Did you know that we took Kiki and Leif to this exact spot and we all took photo's together? It is just another reason I love this image so much. I think of them immediately and our wonderful visit. That reminds me, I need to find another photo of the Monestary to post. What a wonderful day being with you. I loved every second! Good to see you!

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Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Ysa! How fun to see you! Thank you, dear lady! #11286158

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Banff National Park
Alberta, Canada.
BACK ROADS of Johnson's Lake

WITH Kiki and Leif Kjaer!
Sept 11th, 2010

Rain & Sunshine.

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TV 1/320, AV 9.0, ISO 200
(T&P) 110910

Exif: F Number: 9, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 10/3200 seconds, Flash: did not fire., ISO: 200, White balance: Auto white balance, Model: NIKON D90

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