Five days ago I covered Vermilion Lakes and what a fantastic area it is for an early season landscape and nature photographer visiting Banff National Park because of its’ spectacular reflections and views coupled with early season greenery in the shrubs and trees. Today, I’ll take a look at another local’s favourite, Johnson Lake, which offers more superb views and landscape opportunities, as well as some great spring wildlife viewing and photography.
The East End of Mt Rundle reflected in Johnson Lake, Banff National Park
My favourite location for scenic photos at Johnson Lake in the spring is an early morning reflection from the trail that runs along the northwest side of the lake (accessed directly from the parking lot at the lake). This just happens to also take you to the best wildlife viewing location, which is a small lagoon about 250 m from the parking lot on the northwest side. This lagoon is home to nesting loons and grebes each spring and often has a resident muskrat or two swimming around. If you go sit by the shore and wait quietly, you often get rewarded with some great photo opps.
Hi everyone! It’s been a great last few days in Banff, with a nice mix of warm weather and sunny skies with a bit of cloud cover. Today is cloudy, but still has some pretty decent light hitting the mountains in the mornings and evenings.
With spring comes the first itchings to get out and get some non-snowy images in the mountain parks and photographers hitting up the Banff area and Banff National Park in the next few weeks have a few great spots they can check out as the ice and snow melts. One of my personal favourites is the Vermilion Lakes area near the Town of Banff. There are a host of things you can photograph along here, with nature photography hotspots all over the place, including some stunning mountain views at First, Second, and Third Vermilion Lakes, as well as the area between the Second and Third lake.
Mt Rundle and Sulphur Mountain from Third Vermilion Lake in Banff National Park
Early mornings and late evenings are best, which at this time of year, means being there from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., then again from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.
The Vermilion Lakes area is one of the first in the Banff area to start greening up, too, so photographers in early May should start seeing some greenery.
Nature photographers can drive along the length of Vermilion Lakes Drive to access any of the photo hotspots.
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