Photographer's Note

This is Spirit Island, in Jasper National Park. To get to this place you have to take a boat excursion, as the the nearest road is more than 20km away, at the end of the lake. When we were on the boat the tour operators told us the story of the lake and of the island. Apparantly in the early days (1930's) when there was not even a road to the lake, a few people carried a canoe in to the lake. They then could paddle around and explore the place at their leisure. One of them was an avid amateur photographer, and he took some pictures of this island. A few years later, his wife found the pictures at the bottom of a drawer, and entered one in a photo contest sponsored by Kodak. The photo won first place, and was blown up to a mural size and displayed in Grand Central Station in New York for many years. They asked the photographer what the name of the island was, and he said it didn't have a name - they said "well, you have to come up with one because people are going to want to know where this is". So he made up the name Spirit Island, and it is still called that today.

For this shot I used a grad filter and a polarizer, really darkening the blue of the sky and making the clouds stand out better. The light blue/green colour of the water is natural, and very characteristic of the lakes in the Rocky Mountains. It's caused by tiny particles of dust in the water, and the dust comes from the glaciers grinding down the rocks of the mountains.

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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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