John & Anne Wiley

2012/08/15

Memories

Today overflowed with more memories, most of them without pix. I also took a moment just now to review some memories that are associated with pix from our flight thru Jasper. First, here are a few attempts to capture a fun grandparent game. After brushing her hair, as Anne put the brush back in her purse it was grabbed by an admiring grand-daughter who did her own hair.

2166 Angel

2166 Li’l Angel

So angelic she looked. Then in a moment, she flashed an impish grin and taunted Anne with the brush as if to say, “Want it back? Try to catch me!”

2164 Devil

2164 Li’l Devil

It became quite a game, repeated many times. Anne would walk into the next room as if uninterested, the imp would whine for attention and hold the brush out to Anne, then Anne would wheel around and “chase” her producing squeals of delight.

0288 The Chase

0288 The Chase

When she reached the shelter of our daughter’s arms, Grammy would tickle her to complete a cycle of the game.

0288 Payoff

0288 Payoff

This went on for quite a while. Until the next game was invented by her and/or one of us. Such a delightful child. 🙂

So looking back at the flying pix just now, the first thing that strikes me is how smokey it was in the valley from Banff toward Jasper. I like how it emphasized beams of light coming through the broken clouds. I was also fascinated by the woven river patterns.

2023 Rays & River

2023 Rays & River

Here’s another shot that captures more of the river pattern. I have plenty more. 🙂

2024 Water Weave

2024 Water Weave

The next major memory evoked by the pix is how many of the glaciers are obviously shrunken or gone completely in recent years.

2025 Glacial Pace

2025 Glacial Pace

Time was, we’d say something had a “glacial pace” meaning relatively no movement in a year. From the lack of growth in the upper canyon, it’s clear that there was a glacier covering it only a few years ago. That’s a lot of change in a short time. It seems the glacial pace is quickening.

2061 Lonely Giant

2061 Lonely Giant

In this last pic you can also see how the lower valley is newly bare. But up top, at perhaps 9,000 feet above sea level where the air is still cool much of the year, a thick glacial cap survives for now. That green at the base of the mountain is tall conifers. The ice cap on top has to be at least 200′ thick. What will happen when it melts, we leave our precious grand-children to discover.

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