In 1928, a 26-year-old Ansel Adams joined a Sierra Club expedition to the Canadian Rockies, trekking deep into Mount Robson Provincial Park and Jasper National Park. Exploring the alpine slopes, glaciers and waterfalls, Adams photographed them in striking, almost abstract compositions of striated rock and ice that prefigured his later, more famous, images of the Sierra Nevada.
Overwhelmed by the sights around him, he wrote home to his wife, “These mountains are breathtaking…The cold ice crashes down tremendous cliffs to the very edge of deep, somber forests. No dust here—all is snow, ice, clean black rock and mossy earth covered with thick vegetation—all cool and calm and very strong in the primal aspect. These are great mountains we dream about.”
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Nearly 90 years later, the Canadian Rockies and their surrounding territories have retained this ancient majesty.