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Moraine Lake / Valley of the Ten Peaks

Moraine Lake / Valley of the Ten Peaks
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Copyright: Stephan Duchesne (iglootrek) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 92 W: 10 N: 460] (1623)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-07-14
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel, CMOS ISO 100
Exposure: f/4, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Lakes of the World, 40-49 Points (Chapter 6), Lakes of Canada [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-11-19 22:50
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Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks

Location: Banff National Park, Near Lake Louise, at the end of Moraine Lake Road, AB, Canada, UTM: 11U 556974 E / 5686584 N

Vital Statistics: Elevation: 1910 Metres (6,265 Feet)

Formation Mechanism:

Topographic Map: 82n08 Lake Louise

Description: This lake is one of the Rockies true gems. Formerly on the Canadian $20 bill, it has been formed by a landslide from the surrounding Tower of Babel. This material may have been transported some distance atop glacial ice and deposited here. Scientists still debate whether it has any connection to a moraine.

Moraine Lake has become known as “The Jewel of the Rockies”. Each year in June and July, melted ice washes particles of glacial silt, or till, into the lake. This “rock flour” absorbs all colors of incoming light except those in the blue-green spectrum. The result is the water’s breathtaking, almost surreal, turquoise color. When the lake is empty of silt, it returns to a normal blue color.

Source : http://www.mountainnature.com/Geology/LandformResult.asp?ID=15

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Wow! The clarity of this picture is incredible, great exposure from top to bottom Stephan. Paul :)

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-11-20 1:27]

Wow ! Quel beau paysage qui plaisir à admirer ! Surtout ces jours où je suis trop occupé pour allez en montagne. Compliments Stephan et merci pour le partage.

A stunning capture, the clarity of this image is amazing.
I really like the natural framing from the trees.
Beautiful, thanks for posting.

Hi Stephan,
Another busy day/early morning rush.
Well worth the big green smiley.
Thanks for posting.

Amazing colours on these lakes, it's beautiful.

Hello Stephan

This looks like paradise! Nicely composed with good depth of colour and great POV. Thanks.

Stephan, outstanding image, great pose and nice colors. TFS! Radu

Hello Stephan!
Great landscape! Amazing tones of blue colours, perfect POV. Well done!
Good luck!

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-11-20 6:05]

Superbe paysage les couleurs et la prise de vue sont excellents. Félicitation ceci est très agréable à regarder.

Merci pour l'envoie!

Beautiful view Stephan! You've picked a very good POV for this IMO. The turquoise blue water and sheer peaks make a wonderful landscape setting. Tasteful border that accents well. Excellent note explaining this phenomenon..Very well done!

Hi Stephan,
A stunning landscape shot. The portrait framing with the tall pines in the foreground is superb. Clarity of the air and DOF are amazing here. A great shot. Print it, frame it, and hang it up!

Wow, Stephan, that's the perfect view with a natrual frame - the trees.
This colours are so brilliant and phantastic and there is so clear wether - a masterpeace of mother nature, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Wow, brilliant landscape shot Stephan. composition and colours a great and a very informative note. Thanks for posting.

Great picture. Perfect POV, one of the most critical things in landscape pictures. Make it a post card!
Guess I should visit Canada.
Thanks for posting

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2005-11-20 14:50]

Salut Stephan!

Toujours impressionnante ces images d'eau très cyan. Belle composition verticale avec une touche d'avant plan et une touche de ciel pour bien défénir la profondeur de l'image. On retrouve ainsi quatre plan pricipals qui compose ton image. Les deux grand arbres verticaux de chaque côté de ton image viennent la fermer afin de ramener le regard vers le centre d'intérêt. Très bonne compositon.

Stunning shot of this wonderful lake and mountains, Stephan!

I have been to this place many years ago, it was a wet and gloomy day, and I owned no camera...

Beautiful POV, details, colors, lighting and note.

Thank you for sharing you well composed, sunny image with us.

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2005-11-20 20:59]

Hello Stephan,

A breathtaking landscape! Beautiful, framed composition.
TFS and greetings!

Wonderful landscape Stephan! The POV is superb! Colors are amazing. I put in my favorites! Thanks for sharing!

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  • Kris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 0 N: 129] (1818)
  • [2005-11-23 15:34]

Hello Stephan. A beautiful scenery that you are presenting well in this photo. Great natural colors, and a lovely light. A lovely clear, wonderful landscape.
Regards, Krzysztof.

It's fantastic view. Soft blue tones of sky, very nice classical mountain background with glaciers and color of water is just amazing. I'm only thinking about these firs(?). Maybe it's better to do this photo with 3 trees, because there is not enough room for four. At the moment they can take attention away from photo - they switch on thinking about foreground composition.

Hello Stephan
A superb shot - the color, composition and sharpness are brilliant. I've seen several posts of lakes with this blue green color, but your note contains the best explanation of the phenomenon.

I wanna be there:)))) !!!!
marvellous colours, POV and framing.
It`s brilliant photo.
TFS :-)

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-01-20 6:58]

Excellent shot! The turquoise water may look like it's oversaturated to people who haven't actually been there, but I know it's 100% real! What a stunning shot and the position from where you shot the lake is great. I liked this lake better than the more famous Lake Louise and you?



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