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Vermilion Lake Rock | by Panorama Paul
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Vermilion Lake Rock

Here is another Vertorama from my recent Banff trip… this one was taken shortly after sunrise at the Vermilion Lakes.


Unfortunately I don’t have any funny stories about my experience of shooting at these lakes to share with you today. All I am able to say about this shoot… is that the air was slightly hazy but the light was very nice… and there were more exciting compositions here than I could shake a stick at!! :)


The following description of the Vermilion Lakes is from a book about the Canadian Rockies, which I bought while I was there…


The extensive wetlands immediately west of Banff town are probably the remnants of a large lake that formed at the end of the “Lake Wisconsin Glaciation”. The lake’s waters eventually found an outlet between Tunnel Mountain and Mount Rundle, near the present site of Bow Falls. Today, floods from the Bow River sustain the Vermilion Lakes. In order to preserve boating and fishing opportunities, a dam formerly impounded the First Vermilion Lake. Since the removal of the dam in 1985, the lake level has dropped and the basin has begun to fill with aquatic vegetation – the first stage in succession from montane wetland to floodplain forest. In a few hundred years, the Vermilion Lakes may look like the forest along the nearby Fernland Trail. Beaver damn control the water levels of the second and third lakes. The maximum water depth is about 5 meters.


Nikon D300, Sigma 10-20mm at 14mm, aperture of f11, with a 1/160th second exposure.


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Taken on August 10, 2011