Vancouver Skyline

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Vancouver Skyline 2013    Canon EOS 5D Mark II 28mm f7.1 1/200 ISO 100 -0.67 ev

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Rising Peak

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Rising Peak 2013   Canon EOS 5D Mark II 28mm f18 1/60 ISO 320 -0.67 ev

Across a glacial lake,

A domineering peak of granite,

Emerges from the azure waters, 

Foreboding and sublime. 

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Wolf Head Lake

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Wolf Head Lake 2013     Canon EOS 5D Mark II 28mm f11 1/320 ISO 320 -0.67 ev

This extraordinary natural phenomenon that astonishingly has formed into a facsimile of a wolf’s head is a beautiful example of the effect of rock flour in the glacial water. Our tour guide told us about a couple that honeymooned in the rockies in the 90′s, when they got home they took their photos to be developed and were phoned by kodak because they had never seen a blue like what is found at this lake.

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Ice

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Ice 2013   Canon EOS 5D Mark II 28mm f14 1/640 ISO 320 -0.67 ev

The undulating surface of the glacier is formed from snow, wind and temperatures above zero. Although it didn’t feel like the temperature was above zero, it was freezing! The dark tones are areas of bright blue, the same bright blue as most of the rivers and lakes. The colour is from rock flour, the immense weight of the glacier grinds stone into a flour like substance that colours the glacier and the subsequent run off water that feeds into the rivers and lakes. Which you shall see in it’s finest form in tomorrow’s post…

A colour version of this photo can be seen here.

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Glacial Textures

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Glacial Textures 2013     Canon EOS 5D Mark II 28mm f13 1/160 ISO 320 -0.67 ev

The colours of the glacial ice and the textures produced through melting, gravel and wind produce fantastic contrasts.

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A View from the Glacier

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A View from the Glacier 2013  Canon EOS 5D Mark II 28mm f5.6 1/2500 ISO 320 -0.67ev

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Athabasca Glacier

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Athabasca Glacier 2013     Canon EOS 5D Mark II 65mm f5.6 1/5000 ISO 320

Slowly receding megalith of ice.

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Columbia Icefields

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Columbia Icefields 2013     Canon EOS 5D Mark II 28mm f5.6 1/1600 ISO 320 -1 ev

Continuing the journey through the rockies with a stop at the Athabasca Glacier in the Columbia Icefields.

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Canyon Textures

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Canyon Textures 2013   Canon EOS 5D Mark II 28mm f5.6 1/50 ISO 320

The rock formations at Athabasca falls are made out of quartzite and the information I was wondering about how it was formed is here:

“Athabasca Valley glacier sheared of hard rock to cause a cliff and the glacial stream whittled away rocks to form the canyon. As the glacier receded, Athabasca river which originated at the Columbia ice field flowed through this narrow gorge and fell – 23m over a cliff causing a class 5 water fall. Athabasca means ‘there are plants one after another’ in Wood Cree. The water of Athabasca river changes according to season depending on the type of rock flour in the water, which reflects different wavelengths of light.”

From: http://www.todocanada.ca/athabasca-falls-jasper-national-park/

If I had to guess I think the rock flour, which is sand and stones ground by the weight of the glacier pressing down on rocks grinding into a fine powder, would accentuate the force of the falls and help to carve the river’s path through the hard rock.

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Gushing River

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Gushing River 2013   Canon EOS 5D Mark II 28mm f14 1/13 ISO 320

Does anyone know how the geological formations found in Athabasca came to be? I have no idea but I wonder… Please comment if you know and I’ll mention you in my next post that will include an explanation.

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