and mesmerized by the lovely glacial colors of the icicles on the canyon walls.
There were interesting detail shots to be had as well. I spotted the repeating shapes of the snow, ice and rocks in the open water.
The color of water contrasted beautifully against the canyon at the Lower Falls.
There is a small tunnel through the rock that takes you close up to the Lower Falls, and it is very much worth crouching through. This is a 2 shot hand held vertical pano, made after blending 3 exposures for each of the two shots.
(One of the guys with us took a shot from pretty much the same place, with his Android. It made me wonder why I'd carried my backpack and gear!)
The detail of the ice and water running under it was really lovely.
We were running out of what little daylight there was, and so didn't explore the upper falls this trip. Next time! This is a definite must do (and easy to do) hike during the winter, should you find yourself in Banff National Park some day.
We ended our day with some warm refreshments at the Banff Springs. Beautiful setting, all gussied up for Christmas. Sadly, no photos as I left the camera in the car!