Nature's Beauty

1)Moraine Lake

Moraine Lake is only half the size of its nearby neighbour Lake Louise, but perhaps even more scenic. It’s a glacier-fed lake situated in the beautiful Valley Of The Ten Peaks in Banff National Park.At the high elevation of 1883 meters it remains frozen into the month of June and does not reach its crest until mid to late June. Once the glacier water starts to run it brings with it rock flour or silt. This is what the light reflects off to give the lake its stunning deep blue colour.

There are several trails around the lake that range from casual walks to more strenuous hikes. Due to bear activity some of the trails have seasonal restrictions to maximize safety. Hikers must travel in a tight group of four or more. Occasionally trails may be closed off completely. It is always best to check ahead with Parks Canada for the current trail conditions.

2)Point Atkinson Lighthouse - Canada

Lighthouse Park is a popular park in West Vancouver, Canada. It covers about 75 hectares  and it is almost completely covered with rugged, virgin rainforest. At the southernmost tip of the peninsula is Point Atkinson Lighthouse with an impressive landmark lighthouse built in 1875. Point Atkinson was first charted and named by Captain George Vancouver in 1792 and is a National Historic Site of Canada.

3)- River Stour-Suffolk,UK

A river with two names, is it pronounced Stower (rhyming with myrhh) or Stour (rhyming with hour)? The first thing to grasp is that the name of the river can be pronounced two ways and much debate rages on this topic! If you have a strong Suffolk accent then you will insist on Stower but there is really no uniform pronunciation. There are many other River Stour’s in England with the origins of the name deriving from Saxon times and referring to a “strong or mighty river”.

During the reign of Queen Anne in 1705, an act of Parliament was passed making the River Stower (Stour) navigable from Sudbury, Suffolk to Manningtree, Essex. This was one of the country’s earliest statutory rights of navigation. Between 1705 and 1713, work was undertaken to enable passage for barges, boats, lighters and other vessels. A public right of navigation remains today and is administered by the Environment Agency.

4) - Villar d'Arene- Ecrins,France

The Romanche rises in the Hautes-Alpes and runs rapidly towards the Drac, where it flows into the Isère and onto Grenoble. The source of the river, which is the twin sister of the Guisane to the east, is at the Col du Lautaret, from where it follows a discreet path at the foot of the north face of the Meije. For the past 150 years the area's mountaineering attractions have eclipsed those of the river; this situation is now changing, however, as the Romanche begins to express itself to the full and reveal its true identity to visitors.
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