The Four Elements of Nature: Moraine Lake, Valley of Ten Peaks, Alberta

Moraine Lake in Banff, Alberta, is a natural sanctuary in the Canadian Rockies where the four elements, once thought by philosophers to comprise all things, are on display. The quartet of earth (forest and rocks), air (mist), water (lake) and fire (sunshine), in October, compose a picture of sublime order. Alchemy made philosophers' gold and from gold came life itself. This lake is perhaps more scenic than nearby Lake Louise.