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Lake Maligne Mirror

Lake Maligne Mirror
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-29
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds MkII, Canon 24-70 mm f 2,8 L-USM
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Reflections, Beautiful Landscapes, TN Favourites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-13 7:09
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this on the shores of a 90% frozen Lake Maligne (I knelt down to get this much open water). It was taken quite early in the morning before anyone else arrived. Note the small cloud formed by air turbulence over the mountain.

Maligne Lake is a lake in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada. It is located 44 km (27 mi) south of Jasper town site, accessible by motor vehicle. Boat trips run to Spirit Island, one of the most popular sights of Jasper National Park.

Maligne Lake is approximately 22.5 km (14 mi) long and is 97 m (318 ft) at its deepest point. It averages 35 m (115 ft) in depth. It sits at approximately 1,670 m (5,479 ft) asl. It boasts a resident self sustaining population of rainbow trout and brook trout.

Lake Maligne is a good example of a ribbon lake - a long and narrow, finger-shaped lake, usually found in a glacial trough. Its formation begins when a glacier moves over an area containing alternate bands of hard and soft bedrock. The sharp-edged boulders that are picked up by the glacier that are carried at the bottom of the glacier erode the softer rock more quickly by abrasion, thus creating a hollow called a rock basin. On either side of the rock basin, the more resistant rock is eroded less and these outcrops of harder rock are known as rock bars, which act as dams between which rainwater may accumulate after the retreat of the ice age, filling up the rock basin and creating a ribbon lake.

A ribbon lake may also form behind a terminal or recessional moraine, both of which also act as dams, enabling water to accumulate behind them.

A ribbon lake may also occur if a tributary glacier joins a main glacier. The increase in power can create a trough, which is filled with water from a river/meltwater to create a ribbon lake.

Examples of ribbon lakes include: In the UK -Windermere, Coniston Water, Wastwater & Loch Lomond. In the USA, the Finger Lakes in upstate New York are other good examples.

Maligne lake is fed and drained by the Maligne River, which enters the lake on its south side, near Mount Unwin. The Maligne River drains the lake from its northern end. Maligne Lake, as well as Maligne River, Maligne Mountain, and Maligne Pass, takes its name from the French word for malignant or wicked. It is theorised that an early French voyageur created this name in reference to the current of the Maligne River near its confluence with the Athabasca River.

The lake was credited with discovery by Mary Schaffer, a female explorer of the region and local icon, after Samson Beaver, a local native, sketched a rough map for her. The first European to actually see the lake was Henry McLeod in 1875 on a CPR expedition.

The largest rainbow trout in Alberta was caught in this lake (20 lbs, 4 oz.) by means of sportfishing. The record fish was mounted and is currently owned by Currie's Guiding and Tackle, Jasper, Alberta, Canada. The third largest brook trout in the world was also sportfished from this lake as well and is owned by David Robson of Hinton, Alberta, Canada.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-06-13 7:23]

Hi James,
Beautiful landscape.Reflections on water are very nice.I liked low level POV and framing also a lot.
Thanks for posting.

Now I see what you mean when you say you weer in a 'reflective' mood while on this run James....A double meaning for sure..and perhaps the image was a projection of the patterns of thoughts going through you at the time which is why it is so dang genuine and clear...this one stands on top for sure. Jung believed that "going through" was the import and the teacher in life...so that, as with me, some become what I call "wounded healers"...It is quite deep..perhaps not as deep as this image however.

Hello James,
What a beautiful image, the mirror reflection is
awesome. Great colors and wonderful details.. Well done


Hello James,
very beautiful landscape,superb composition,reflection is wonderful,
very well done.

Hi James - this is a really lovely shot - I love the completeness of the reflection - TFS! Cerys

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-06-13 9:35]

hello James,
What a sigh!. Marvellous landscape-picture. This lake seems as flat as a mirror in the morning calmness and light. The water seems to be very transparent, I imagine it must be a paradise for trouts. Really well done

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-06-13 9:40]

Hi James,

It does look more like a mirror image than a reflection! The layer of ice, the snow on the mountains, the little white cloud (which is also reflected in the water) makes this a beautiful study in blue and white. Wonderful colors, wonderful composition and a delight to see for someone living in a climate where at 9am it is already in the 90's climbing up to at least 105F.


hello James,

Beautiful compposition and reflections.
I love the pov.


Hello James
There is little to say here..perfect framing and perfect camera work.
Its one that would grace any frame in anyones house.
All the Best

Hi James,

Very impressive. Just amazing landscape, very beautiful view, good lighting, excellent composition, nice colours and very good feeling of depth.



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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-06-13 11:43]

Hi James. This is such a beautiful looking place and so clam looking . Great detail and reflection in the water. TFS. Nick..

Have a good weekend.

Hi James,
A perfect landscape capture of this beautiful place. I liked also the compoısition and superb reflections like a mirror! TFS my friend! Have a nice weekend!


Hello James,
Beautiful compposition and reflections.TFS

Hello James,
Big thanks for this beautiful landscape well captured that shared with us!
the lighting is beautiful over the place with a super pov here!
crystal clear reflection well captured by the 1Ds! super

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-06-13 15:31]

Hi James,
stunning image!
The reflection is lovely!
Superb composition.
Excellent tones and light.

Well done,

Hello James,
Wonderful landscape capture of this beautiful place with splendid details. TFS. Regards, Bahadır

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-06-13 17:22]

Hola James.
Now You have here a beautiful Landscape of this lake. I really like the quiet water and the reflection that it makes of the mountains
Great image My dear friend.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-06-13 20:44]

Hello James

A lovely look at this beautiful glacial lake.
The clarity is excellent with rich detail.
The lighting and colours are great.


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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-06-14 0:29]

Hello James, perfect landscape capture with great composition. TFS.
Regards, Mehmet

Hi James wonderful capture of this nature beauty with excellent reflections and also great composition. TFS. Regards,

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-06-14 5:15]

Hi James,
Outstanding shot and you have portrayed this majestic setting so beautifully. The reflection of the distant snow-capped mountains on the calm water looks fantastic and I like your low POV to bring this place alive. So serene and so lovely. Excellent DOF ahnd very nice composition. Kudos.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-06-14 8:00]

Hello James,
What a wonderful and 'cool' composition!! Excellent use of the stone-covered bottom to create depth in this wonderful landscape. I love the smooth surface of the water and the beautiful reflections of those massive mountains. Fantastic!
TFS and kind regards, Ulla

Hi James,
What a beautiful photo of this untouched piece of nature. The fact that you were there this early in the season gave you a lot of extra benefits. Not so crowded, clean air and softer light. The latter two gave you the opprtunity to create this beauty. The one little cloud does add a lot to this photo.

hello James

WOW ! what a wonderful water reflection of these
mountains and woods, and what a clear water
of this beautiful lake, i love the contrast between
the shadows and highlights of the image, TFS


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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-06-18 0:24]

Hi James,
I have too many to catch up in here..the layering is incredibly beautiful and well captured.The reflections so clearwith no just a single ripple or movement in the cold lake.Excellent poV and DoF.It is interesting to look beneath the water of the lake.Good notes accompanying the shot.Very well done.
TFS & Cheers


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-06-18 4:57]

Hi James

A splendid landscape shot from you, my friend and another geography lesson for all of us! Thank you for sharing...really!

This is more of an unconventional composition you chose here...and i like it! Instead of showing a clear blue sky, you opted for the nice rocks under the water in the FG: great idea!
The reflection is absolutely fantastic and the composition is creates is superb!
I also love the natural border and leading lines of the side-forests...i think they really add to the scene a lot.
Overall: this is definitely a place worth seeing in real life, but if you can't go there, watch this shot :)

Bravo and TFS

Hallo James
Very nice view and exact title. I don't know which image I like the most, the original or reflected. Amazing composition and beautiful colours. Perfect point of view and great depth of field. One can easily get lost in yourself looking at a landscape like this. So peaceful and serene. Nature at its best, no sounds of the daily rat race interfering with the silence. The mood and atmosphere captured here is just terrific. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards.

Hello James,

It looks as if you are on hiatus tooooo. Just when I finally get back on TN everyone flees... hmmm. : )
By the time you guys get back, (I'm assuming you will be back???) then I'll be gone on our fall excursion.

It is nice to see Lake Maligne. I've been to Jasper a few times but could never convince the driver **smile** to go there. If a place is popular with tourists, or might be... it's like pulling hen's teeth to get him to go there. So I get to see the lake through your eye/lens. It is a nice shot with nice depth of focus from near to far. I suppose the lake looks better in May with ice than full of red canoes etc.

Evelynn : )

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