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Rainbow Sunset (medicinelake.jpg)

A long story short.... I copied over aprox. 40Gb of photos that I took this past weekend... only to accidently delete them... hence... I have been working feverishly to try and resurrect thousands of photos from shooting in Banff and Jasper. I think I have now thankfully recovered the majority of them and this is a shot I was REALLY hoping I had not lost to the computer gods.


This was taken at Medicine Lake in Jasper National park and is one of my favourite shooting locations in the park. I had originally gone to this spot to photograph some Pikas that frequent the area and had photographed them, and then happened upon a pair of yearling black bears that I then photographed. I was headed back to the vehicle when it started to drizzle and a rainbow and some fantastic light started to form in the east as the sun set. I couldn't have asked for a better finish to an evening. If ever you are trying to get rainbows in idyllic settings... four possible spots in Banff/Jasper National Parks that offer a good chance. They are Athabasca Falls, Panther Falls, Bow Lake, and here at Medicine Lake. They all just seem to face the right direction that if the sun is brilliant as it sets and there is a bit of rainfall or mist at the same time you will be able to get rainbows in a perfect setting.


The truly fascinating thing about Medicine Lake though is that it is a lake at this time of year, and then by October it is but a river. The water drains from the basin through "cracks", "holes" and underground caves in the bottom of the lake that actually drain and empty into the Maligne Canyon and it's river some 15km (9 miles) downstream. There are a number of spots in the Maligne Canyon that you can actually view where the water enters the canyon from underground and is a fascinating place that you don't want to miss if you are ever in Jasper National Park.

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Taken on June 30, 2007