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The second Joffre Lake

The second Joffre Lake
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Copyright: Tim Epp (BillyGoat) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 28 N: 899] (4827)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-15
Categories: Mountain
Camera: OLYMPUS E-500, Zuiko Digital 14-54 f/2.8-3.5
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-19 0:17
Viewed: 2898
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
We spent 2 nights backpacking in Joffre Lakes Provincial Park, which is about an hour's drive north-east of Whistler, British Columbia.
This is the second of the 3 lakes at around 9:30 PM, so we had unfortunately just missed the dying sunset glow on the clouds. The whole weekend really wasn't very good weather-wise, so I don't have much to show in the way of stunning landscape imagery, so much of what I will do in this series is more of an informational nature. However there is still much in the way of beauty to be found in spite of the weather.
The centerpiece of the Joffre Lakes Park is a short chain of 3 lakes; each well known and loved for their rich turquoise hues which are produced by the glacial waters that feed them.
The trail itself one way is 5.5 km, or just over 3 miles, with a total elevation gain of roughly 400 metres, or about 1300 feet. This actually is considered as a relatively easy hike by many. The Starting elevation is 1200 metres, with the 3rd lake nestled below the Matier Glacier (more on that in another photo) at 1600 metres or roughly a mile above sea level.
There are gravel pads for tents alongside the 3rd lake with an outhouse. This hike took us just over 2 hours with roughly 30 lb packs.
This is a two shot pano with the top exposure set for the sky and the bottom exposure set more for the land. The pano was stitched (vertical landscape shots) and then blended in photomatix.
The glaciated mountain that you see in the background is where the 3rd lake lies at it's base.

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What an amazing view! Spectacular reflection too. Wonderful lines creating an interesting image - the rise of the mountains and the depression of the tree line look great together. Sounds like you had a great vacation BUT it looks cold...what kind of temperatures did you experience?

Which is more fun...the preparing for the hike, the hike itself or the feeling you get after it is over?

You share your journey well. I like the feeling of the darkness of night coming soon. And the reflection works well.....I knew you must have been gone off on a fur real trek.


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-06-19 22:01]

Hello Tim

That looks chilly.Taken in June but it looks so winter like .The image is crystal clear with spot on focus.The scenery is fabulous with raw ,natural, beauty.The POV is very good.Nicely done,TFS


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