The Canadian Rockies on Instagram

I’ve had a lot of fun using Instagram to add effects to the photographs I took in the Canadian Rockies with my phone. If you’re unfamiliar with this, Instagram is an application for iPhone and Android that allows you to change the look of your camera images with a variety of filters.

I began using my Android to take pictures after dropping my beloved camera down a waterfall at Paradise Valley. I couldn’t afford to replace it straight away and had to make do. Although it took decent images in the right weather conditions, the zoom was not adequate for capturing wildlife shots and any moving objects would appear blurred. I was distraught to say the least.

However, after finally downloading the Instagram app, I’m glad to have some images from Canada to work with. While I could never be happy at the memory of losing my camera in such a dramatic fashion, I wouldn’t have had any photos on my phone at all if my camera hadn’t been lost. Here is my first batch of Instagram photographs. I hope you like them.

 The distinctive red canoes at Lake Louise.

Emerald Lake with a hanging basket in the foreground and mountains in the background.

A majestic elk standing proudly at the side of the road in Banff National Park.

Nightfall at Bow Lake.

Bright blue water and canoeists at Emerald Lake.  

The spectacular Moraine Lake from above.

Mountain views through yellow parasols near Emerald Lake.

 Beautiful sunrays enjoyed on a hike to Paradise Valley, behind Lake Louise.

Mountains and trees seen on a hike to Paradise Valley.

A stream in Paradise Valley.

Peyto Lake and wild flowers.

A Paradise Valley view in black and white.

Trees and flowers in Paradise Valley.

Running free as darkness approaches at Peyto Lake.

Wild flowers at Paradise Valley.

Canoes at Lake Louise.

Lake Louise through the trees.

A dreamy-looking Lake Louise scene.

Sparkling water and stunning mountain views at Paradise Valley.

Takkakaw Falls – the biggest waterfall in the Canadian Rockies.

Peyto Lake at ground level.

Peyto Lake seen at night from above.

The hike down to Peyto Lake.

 Peyto Lake in black and white.

Are you on Instagram? If you want to follow me, my account is called seemytravels.

Do you like these photographs? Which one is your favourite?


  1. November 18, 2012 / 21:31

    These are amazing photos. Thanks so muuch for sharing.

    • November 19, 2012 / 11:45

      Thanks Darlene, I’m glad you like them.

  2. November 18, 2012 / 23:06

    These are al awesome, but I quite liked “A dreamy-looking Lake Louise scene” and the one with the yellow parasols.
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    • November 19, 2012 / 11:46

      Thanks Fernando. I think the Lake Louise one almost looks like a painting, it doesn’t look real!

  3. November 20, 2012 / 00:26

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    • November 25, 2012 / 22:50

      Cheers Abhishek :-)

    • November 25, 2012 / 22:50

      Thank you Julika, Canada is very beautiful!

  4. November 22, 2012 / 06:46

    Welcome to Instagram! Many great pics here, but my personal favorite is the one with the mountains seen through the yellow umbrellas. Well done.

    • November 25, 2012 / 22:52

      Thanks Cathy :-)