Photographer's Note

This is Spirit Island, located on Maligne Lake, in Jasper National Park. The place is relatively inacessable, even today, because there is no road to it. There is a road to the end of Maligne Lake, however, the lake is 22km long (it's the second largest glacier fed lake in the world). The island is more than half way down the lake, and there is no trail or overland route to get there as there are steep cliffs along the lake shore. There are no motor powered boats allowed on the lake, so can rent a canoe, but its a 3 hour paddle each way to get to the island. There is also a tour boat that will take you to the island, on a 90 minute round trip. Sounds ideal, except for one thing - they only stay at the island for 10 minutes! You have to take whatever weather conditions you get, because you can't wait until things get better. The day I was there the weather was highly changable, with the sun going behind clouds and coming out again. In my brief time at the island the sun was on the island, then the island was in shadow, then the sun came out again, so I was lucky to get a variety of different shots.

The other problem with taking pictures there is that the view point is basically looking straight south, so for most of the day the sun is more or less right behind the island. I caught the last boat of the day, 5PM, so this was taken around 6:00 in the evening. This was my third attempt to get to this place, and I finally made it there. Last year there was so much smoke from forest fires that you could hardly see the mountains, and 2 years ago I missed the last boat because it was sold out. Oh well, sometimes you get good shots right away, and other times you really have to work at it!

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Additional Photos by Alvin Brown (Cormac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 61 N: 5828] (26565)
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