Kluane Lake

Now that winter is seriously underway in the Yukon and it's been grey, very cold and snowing constantly, a bright image seems appropriate. This is a somewhat unconventional view of Kluane Lake, looking north towards Sheep Mountain in the background. The shot was taken near the mouth of the Slims River. In this area, under the right light conditions, the lake glows radioactive blue from glacial silt carried by the river. Kluane Lake is the Yukon's largest lake. It's almost always windy, so to catch it calm was a treat.


Sheep Mountain in the background and below, is in Kluane National Park and hosts a sizeable population of Dall Sheep. They are drawn to the south-facing, wind-swept slopes because they are relatively free of snow in the winter months, allowing them to forage.

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Taken on August 24, 2011