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Horseshoe Canyon

Horseshoe Canyon
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Copyright: Doreen Fish (dloyst) Silver Note Writer [C: 3 W: 0 N: 12] (56)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-28
Categories: Mountain
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/25 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-08-07 8:26
Viewed: 3480
Points: 5
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Taken early morning in Drumheller , Alberta. We were leaving at sun rise and stopped at this canyon on our way out of town...beautiful spot.
Our trip across Canada in a u-haul was quite eventful but got a lot of beautiful shots...most were done from a moving truck!!!
17 km west of Drumheller, literally below the nearly flat prairie, close to Red Dear River, there is an isolated pocket of badlands, called the Horseshoe Canyon. The bird-eye view from atop of this vast grey and dark green canyon, its many scattered buttes, mesas and coulees, is both awesome and breathtaking. To some it may remind the Grand Canyon of Colorado in a smaller scale.
Horseshoe Canyon is an area rich with geological, natural, and cultural history. The geological layers of Horseshoe Canyon were laid down during the Cretaceous Period about 70 million years ago, when dinosaurs roamed the lush forests and swamps of the region. These deposit layers can now be seen on the exposed walls of the Horseshoe Canyon.

Horseshoe Canyon shelters three ecosystems: the prairie, the wooded coulee slopes, and the badlands. Prairie wild grasses, once the nourishment of herds of plains bison, is found at Horseshoe Canyon along coulee edges, on top of mesas, and on the valley floor. North facing slopes of the coulees provide shade from the sun's searing heat. In contrast to the sun-exposed slopes, shaded areas have lush growth including white spruce, wild roses (incidentally Alberta's symbol), and saskatoon bushes.

On the cultural side, the land at Horseshoe Canyon was once part of the nomadic territory of the First Nations' Blackfoot tribe. Bison was their primary source of food and provided raw material for clothing, shelter, tools, ceremonial ornaments as well as fuel.

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Hi Doreen
Your image is a bit dark, I did a workshop in Photoshop Elements to brighten it up. I love this area and have been to Drumheller many times. Just a note....when you upload your photos and it asks for a location you should put where the photo was taken, instead of where you lived. This is showing up as Duncan.
TFS Janice

Hi Doreen,
I am confused. AT the top you indicate this is Duncan BC and in the notes say it is in Alberta. I know it can't be Duncan so I assume that is where you live. I did that incorrectly at first too.

This looks like an interesting area and not the best conditions for photography. You might have tried turning up the ISO so you could have had a narrower aperture for depth of focus or a faster shutter speed. 1/25 is pretty slow for hand holding.

Thanks for sharing such an interesting area with us.

Evelynn : )

hi Doreen,

This is beautiful and unique element of nature, should stop by to get true quality athmospere.TFS.


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