In the distance I heard the thunder of an avalanche. Gradually the rumble dissipated to large tumbles of individual boulders. I could not see this commotion, but the sound of it reverberated through the mountains for some time.
While most mountains in North America are bare of snow by late August, the Canadian Rockies clearly hold considerable patches of snow year round. Other than the avalanche and rockfall it was very silent out here. There were no birds, no squirrels or airplanes overhead - it was a bit unnerving to be alone in this strange, mighty place - I half expected a grizzly bear around each bend in the trail.
Someday, I will return to the great north and make a worthy expedition of it...
This image is a scanned 35mm photograph. Cephren Lake, Banff National Park August 2003.