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Stairway To Heaven
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Reaching The Goal
Reaching The Goal

Canadian Rocky Mtns
Moraine Lake Hike To The Peak.

BOY WAS THIS A CLIMB!!!!
Never again! Lol!!! Only about 500 Crooked Stairs
JUST LIKE THESE!
(Okay. Maybe 400! HeeHee)

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Posting This From The Rockies.
HAVE A GREAT WEEK

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    You sure are putting the pressure on Kiki and I to return, this is stunning Laura. If I had time I would have taken that trail

8/20/2011 9:49:34 AM

 
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I too am feeling the presuure to return Laura....this is a great image and who knows, maybe some day we can meet and climb these again.....did I say that???...LOL

8/20/2011 11:03:22 AM

 
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Wow Laura - What a stunning pov!! You sure do live in a wonderful place!

8/20/2011 11:23:16 AM

 
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This is breathtaking. You just have to take frequent rests, right? But OH, is it EVER worth it!

8/20/2011 12:14:47 PM

 
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Beautiful-You must make sacrifices for
us poor souls who may never get to that country-to bring us more of these beautiful photos

8/20/2011 1:54:32 PM

 
Douglas Perry
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Well worth the climb. What a view!!

8/20/2011 3:37:03 PM

 
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Doubt my creaky, stiff knees would get me there, but wow, what a view awaits those who do! Gorgeous, Laura!

8/20/2011 4:07:12 PM

 
Tammy Espino
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I might have to stop every ten steps to catch my breath going up ,but I sure could get down fast!! :) What a view!!!

8/20/2011 6:37:01 PM

 
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What an exciting hike Laura. I've only been able to photograph Moraine Lake from below and it was fabulous, and this must have been so thrilling to behold at the top and must have been worth the climb despite the sore muscles. Now you've got the view and a few lbs. of weight loss. Ha!

8/20/2011 11:07:47 PM

 
Laura E. Swan
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Hi You guys! I'm about a mile from camp in a place they are allowing me to use their "wifi" for a small price. (A cup of VERY THICK and OLD coffee). :)))

WELL I CAN TELL YOU, this HIKE to the TOP of these ROCKS was so hard for me that I ALMOST had to throw my camera gear OVERBOARD! HA! RIGHT OFF THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN! And I mean that! Tammy, you and me BOTH, lady. I stopped more than a BUS on MAIN STREET! The air is so fresh up there but the air ALSO gets thinner and thinner...MORE AND MORE "THIN" until you think you will FAINT. I felt young when I started the climb and well...I DIDNT FEEL YOUNG trying to reach the top...Lol...

In The End, I Was Glad I Didn't Throw My Camera Gear Off The Cliff.

HUGS to all from YOUR "OLD" and sore PAL,
Laura :))) (et al)

8/21/2011 1:32:39 PM

 
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What a wonderful sight Laura!
I felt like doing that when I climbed the Warrambungle Mountains out west, I was looking for somewhere to hide my camera and pick it up on the way back! I am really glad I didn't!

8/21/2011 4:14:30 PM

 
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Your hiking effort are paying off for all of us Laura. Continue to stay safe and take loads of pics for us. The road down is easier than going up.

8/22/2011 9:39:25 AM

 
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OHHHHHHHHHHH to be rich instead of beautiful...wait wait...I'm not beautiful either BUT if I were rich I'd be there in a heartbeat, NL! GORGEOUS! :-) NN

8/22/2011 5:06:49 PM

 
Karen Kessler
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Yeah, but the view was definitely worth it! Absolutely breathtaking...literally AND figuratively! :)

8/22/2011 6:41:31 PM

 
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Laura: I hear you on the aches and pains. We have spent two days in the Grand Canyon and have sore bones just walking the Rim Trail. I wouldn't even hope to make the hike that you have. I do hope my photos will turn out as great as the aches and pains put in for them!

Your photo is simply stunning!!!

8/23/2011 5:21:57 AM

 
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Totally gorgeous Laura, such interesting pov!

Love it, go soak in the hot tub now! lol
jo ann c.

8/23/2011 9:28:01 AM

 
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Beauuuuuutiful image, SSSCWLala. Fantastic composition, light, colors, view - well, actually: EVERYTHING about this image is fantastic.
I wish we had taken that path.

8/23/2011 9:41:40 AM

 
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Beautiful, Laura!
How Many Steps?? :)

8/27/2011 11:49:02 AM

 
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Hi Everyone. It was a long way up, but maybe that is just MY opinion!!! Lol...Took about about 20 minutes but SSSKiki I bet you could have done it in SEVEN!!! :)))

I suggest this look out if you are ever at this lake. :) I'd do it again, unlike the walk up at Peyto Lake! Lol!!!

Loved your comments! Thanks so much all,
-(SSS)Laura :)))

9/3/2011 8:30:52 PM

 
Stephen Zacker
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Like the way you included the steps in the foreground.

11/9/2011 3:37:26 AM

 
Laura E. Swan
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That's how the climb looked from the very base of the trail up the mountain. It LOOKS easier than it was...When I saw the top here I was so happy! I felt it was important to include the steps to show the viewer that getting to the top included a climb! :)

Thanks Steve!

-Laura

11/9/2011 8:50:32 AM

 
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This is one spectacular & gorgeous view, Laura! The tones, colors, clarity, perspective & beauty are breathtaking! WTG!

11/9/2011 2:08:48 PM

 
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It sure looks like the hike up all those steps was worth it, Laura! This is gorgeous!! I'll bet you're sore! LOL!

11/9/2011 8:30:21 PM

 
Christine R. Lobsinger
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What a fantastic POV! Glad you made it sis... LOVELY SETTING!
Well worth all your efforts- hope to see this one again!
Smiling Christine

11/10/2011 5:53:23 AM

 
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Oh..but the climb was worth it! Beautiful POV and color.

11/14/2011 2:51:02 AM

 
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Strictly fabulous, Laura!! Post card perfect!!!!!

11/14/2011 7:41:07 PM

 
Mary K. Robison
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"I stopped more than a BUS on MAIN STREET!"
Love that expression, Pom! Missed it last summer, as well as your lovely photo with the not-so-lovely-to-climb steps...oh, and that mountain's nice, too. :-)
I'm saying Happy Thanksgiving! even though you celebrate it differently in Canada. Regardless, you're one of the people I'm very thankful to have as a friend.

11/24/2011 1:12:46 AM

 
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WOW, what a gorgeous capture of this beautiful scene. Breathtaking presentation!

C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S
on your very deserving EFP! 8o)

2/3/2012 5:42:47 AM

 
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Hi Paddy, Terry, Chrissy, Gina, Ellen, Mary and Mumj!

I felt like I was on the top of the whole world when I made it to the top of this mountain. I have short legs the the steps seemed tall to me. I had to stop a lot for survival reasons! Lol....Aren't camera's cool? We can save each other the trip up stairs like this and I am so pleased that you are enjoying seeing what I saw!

Thanks for all that you said!

-Laura :D

P.S. These were very crooked stairs too which made this a not so simple shot finding my "horizon". I had to use the ROCKY!

2/3/2012 10:56:24 AM

 
Leslie McLain
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Beautiful capture and perspective, Laura.

2/19/2012 5:35:56 PM

 
Laura E. Swan
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Thank you very much Leslie! :)

2/19/2012 5:41:28 PM

 
Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna
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WTG on this awesome finalist, NL! :-) NN

5/25/2012 6:22:13 PM

 
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Beautiful capture. Congrats!

5/25/2012 6:40:39 PM

 
Tammy Espino
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Way to gooooooooooo Laurie Loo loo!! Such an awesome finalist, congrats!!!

5/25/2012 6:40:49 PM

 
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Woo Hoo!!! CONGRATULATIONS on your Finalist Award for this GORGEOUS capture, Sis!!!!! You deserved it!!! WTG!!! Good luck in the next round!!! :)
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5/25/2012 6:45:12 PM

 
Ann Coates
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Congratulations on a beautiful finalist Laura and good luck in the next round.

5/25/2012 6:52:02 PM

 
Stan Kwasniowski
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Laura, congratulations

5/25/2012 7:07:11 PM

 
Laura E. Swan
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THANK YOU Pictures, Images and Photos Everybody!!! This is such a nice surprise!

I see many of you got one too!

Thanks for your support everyone! xo

-Laura

5/25/2012 7:11:01 PM

 
Bobby Ray Goodman
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Hi Laura,Big congratulations my friend!!!!

5/25/2012 8:05:18 PM

 
Reynaldo D. Reyes
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This is great Laura, a huge Congrats on this outstanding image. For me, it's something to shoot for someday...again perhaps. So beautiful!

5/25/2012 9:02:27 PM

 
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----------CONGRATULATIONS---------------

5/25/2012 9:09:16 PM

 
Ellen Hodges
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Huge congrats on a fabulous finalist, Laura!!! Very best luck!!!

5/25/2012 9:29:42 PM

 
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Congratulatios! Laura

5/25/2012 9:43:22 PM

 
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Congratulatios! Laura. Makes me want to go there. Beautiful!

5/25/2012 11:22:29 PM

 
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congratulations on your wonderful finalist!!!

5/25/2012 11:44:35 PM

 
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Wowza wowza wowza Laura-Loo!! What a beautiful image! Did your legs fall off the next day? Congratulations on your finalist, fingers crossed (make a wish) for a big gold one!! :)

5/25/2012 11:47:59 PM

 
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Huge congrats Laura!

5/26/2012 12:37:17 AM

 
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Yaaaaay for your Finalist, Pomma-llama! Bet you don't regret tackling those 500 steps NOW! :-D
Congratulations to you!!

5/26/2012 1:14:38 AM

 
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C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S
on your very deserving FINALIST!!!8o)

5/26/2012 5:37:13 AM

 
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WTG, Miss Laura! Congratulations on your Finalist award!

5/26/2012 6:25:09 AM

 
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CONGRATULATIONS Laura on this wonderful finalist, WTG!! <><

5/26/2012 6:56:57 AM

 
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Wonderful Finalist, Laura! What a climb it must have been! But what a sight! I sure hope this resulting photo makes the memory of the climb's physical challenge more better! LOL! Big congratulations!

5/26/2012 7:14:04 AM

 
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I have just added this to the list of hikes for our trip in July.....Hmmmmmmm....think i'll take little gear with me though....great going Laura....Congratulations on the Finalist...all the very best in the next round.....Cheers =^..^=

5/26/2012 7:37:51 AM

 
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What a view! Beautiful; congratulations!

5/26/2012 8:15:53 AM

 
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Huge CONGRATZ Laura and good luck up next!

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5/26/2012 8:27:24 AM

 
Leslie McLain
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Congrats on a beautiful finalist, Laura.

5/26/2012 9:33:32 AM

 
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Congratulations Laura your effort are rewarded with a superb finalist.

5/26/2012 12:35:39 PM

 
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THANK YOU Pictures, Images and Photos

It's so great to see all of you and to feel your support!

I really appreciate your visit and each comment here!!! The climb was well worth it. Once my legs grew back!!! Lol...

-Laura :D

5/26/2012 12:52:33 PM

 
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Hey Laura, congrats on this beauty...gotta love the Canadian Rockies!

5/26/2012 2:28:04 PM

 
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Fantastic POV, Laura. Congratulations on your finalist.

5/26/2012 2:47:58 PM

 
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Gorgeous, Laura...congratulations on your well deserved finalist...well worth the climb, huh! Yay :)

5/26/2012 3:08:40 PM

 
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Wonderful Finalist! Congrats!

5/26/2012 3:36:43 PM

 
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Congratulations on your outstanding finalist Laura!

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5/26/2012 4:56:37 PM

 
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Congratulations on your Finalist selection of this wonderful capture Laura!

5/26/2012 6:49:01 PM

 
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5/27/2012 8:16:22 AM

 
Laura E. Swan
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You guys are so sweet! (Wm! Ha! Very, very cute! Thank you!!) I am really enjoying this thread. Thank you very much everyone!

Yes. It was very worth the climb. I'm glad you like this shot. I wanted to set up camp right there and stay a while. Not just from the sheer exhaustion but the immense beauty!

-Laura :D

5/27/2012 8:28:45 AM

 
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Congratulations on this great capture, wonderful scene Laura! :)

5/27/2012 10:59:43 AM

 
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Hey, Swanee, Big Congrats!

5/27/2012 5:41:43 PM

 
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Reminds me of when I climbed the Sydney Harbour bridge, exhausting but well worth it, only drawback, cameras weren't allowed!!! A wonderful scene, thanks for showing it to all of us who'll not get the chance to see it for ourselves. Good work=^..^=

5/27/2012 6:10:40 PM

 
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Beautiful, Laura!! Big congratulates on our finalist!

5/28/2012 5:26:10 AM

 
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Like the depth this has. Congratulations

5/28/2012 6:03:05 AM

 
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Congrats on your stunning finalist, Ms.L!! It's a beauty!

5/28/2012 10:55:17 AM

 
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This is an amazing landscape Laura. Congrats on your finalist award.

5/29/2012 7:42:34 PM

 
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Congrats on your lovely finalist!!!

5/29/2012 11:55:29 PM

 
Laura E. Swan
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Hi everyone. Thank you so very much!!! :)

xo-Laura

6/4/2012 1:14:34 PM

 
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I can see why this is a once in a lifetime climb. Congrats on your finalist a little late :-)

3/2/2013 8:56:11 PM

 
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Never too late! Look how late I am in thanking you, Julianne!

HeeHee :D

Thanks again all!
-Laura :D

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