We drove to Minewanka Lake near Banff - the water at the horizon was a sapphire blue. The soil is sandy and rocky. This tree root has a strangle hold on the rock, it appears to be devouring it!A little way down the road was a grassy area with a herd of elk. A young buck emerged from the forest. Others walked by in twos and threes. A female walked by and caught the attention of this male ...He followed her and called .... The younger males were paying attention. We drove on a little and this magnificent buck got up and walked past us and down the road.