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Lake Minnewanka

Lake Minnewanka
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Copyright: Richard Vincent (earthtraveler) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 427 W: 123 N: 947] (3483)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-25
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Panasonic DMC-FZ50
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): National Parks of Canada [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-25 9:54
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Lake Minnewanka ("Water of the Spirits" in Nakota - the Stoney Indian language) is a glacial lake located in the eastern area of Banff National Park in Canada, about five kilometres northeast of the Banff townsite.

The lake is 24 km (15 mi) long and 142 metres (466 ft) deep, making it the longest lake in the mountain parks of the Canadian Rockies (the result of a power dam at the west end). The lake is fed by the Cascade River, flowing east of Cascade Mountain, and runs south through Stewart Canyon as it empties into the western end of the lake. Numerous streams flowing down from Mount Inglismaldie, Mount Girouard and Mount Peechee on the south side of the lake also feed the lake.

Aboriginal people long inhabited areas around Lake Minnewanka, as early as 10,000 years ago, according to stone tools and a Clovis point spearhead discovered by archaeologists.
The area is rich in animal life (e.g. elk, mule deer, mountain sheep, bears) and the easy availability of rock in the mountainous terrain was key to fashioning weapons for hunting.

The western end of the lake can be reached by following Lake Minnewanka road from the Trans-Canada Highway. Boat tours are available near the parking lot. A hiking and mountain biking trail runs along the northern shore of the lake, passing Stewart Canyon and five backcountry campsites. Mount Aylmer which at 3361 metres is the highest mountain in this area of the park, is located a few kilometres north of the lake.

Dams were built in 1912, 1922 and 1941 to supply the town with hydro-electric power.
The most recent dam (1941) raised the lake 30 m and submerged the resort village of Minnewanka Landing that had been present there since 1888. Because of the presence of the submerged village, submerged bridge pilings, and submerged dam (the one from 1912) the lake is popular among recreational scuba divers.

Source: Wikipedia

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Thank you all for taking a look and sharing your thoughts. Richard

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2007-08-25 10:01]

hi richard,
wonderful landscape,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-08-25 11:24]

Helo Richard,
Excellent capture of this dramatic landscape.
Great DOF and lovely colours. Very well composed too.
TFS and regards, ULla

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-08-25 12:24]

Very interesting landscape. Rocks, forest and water - looks great

Bonjour Richard, très jolie photo superbement composée, les couleurs sont magnifiques, un vrai petit coins de paradis,

This is a nice shot Richard, with interesting foreground, midground and background. Color saturation and exposure look good to me. The bits of straggly twigs in the upper corner are a bit distracting. Perhaps there need to be more of it, or none of it??????????? It is a nice photo though... with all those layers.

Evelynn ; )

God how I love this country you picture so well...It is a part of my soul and I would recognize it anywhere...Very well done for me my friend.


hello richard,
beautiful landscape shot, nice pov, liked the composition too, lovely colours,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hi Richard,
You are showing some wonderful photos of an area I hope to see next summer. I really love you composition here, with the two rocky cliffs in the FG and MG leading me into the scenery. The mountains in the back look very beautiful and I think the sky fits perfectly with this kind of scenery. Twigs aren't bothering me since they are not touching the peaks. I do think a much smaller aperture would have given you more details in the trees and shore line.

Hello Richard.
A beautiful image, the landscape is precious. A greeting

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