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Speaking of Kananaskis

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Speaking of Alberta’s Kananaskis Range, the site of the previous post, here’s Lower Kananaskis Lake as we saw it on September 11th. Wind gusts created ripples on the lake’s surface that must have resonated with the folds of my cerebrum, because I felt compelled to keep taking pictures of the changing ripples.

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

October 19, 2017 at 4:50 AM

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  1. And the ripple effect seems to continue through to, and up, the mountains.


    October 19, 2017 at 5:05 AM

    • I’m glad you pointed that out. I was so intent on the water that I barely paid attention to the mountains in the distance.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 19, 2017 at 7:25 AM

  2. Your instincts served you well, in this case. IMHO


    October 19, 2017 at 5:17 AM

  3. Looking at the way the wind was playing on the water all across the lake, I’m reminded how different lake sailing can be. I’m not the best at “reading” the winds by watching the water, but it’s easy to see how varied the winds are here. In fact, the second post on this Alberta Sailing Forum talks about the phenomenon that you’ve captured in your photo: “mountain lake wind lines.”


    October 19, 2017 at 7:18 AM

  4. It is a beautiful effect.


    October 19, 2017 at 6:34 PM

    • I certainly found it captivating and kept waiting for strong gusts to create new ripples that I could photograph.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 19, 2017 at 7:18 PM

  5. The colors in the water are pretty!!


    October 21, 2017 at 9:59 PM

    • Lots of lakes and rivers up there have colorful water. That’s a big attraction in the Canadian Rockies.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 21, 2017 at 11:37 PM

  6. We had a great walk round the upper lake. Such a wonderful area.

    Anabel Marsh

    November 7, 2017 at 5:51 AM

    • We drove to the upper lake first. I saw that we could’ve walked across the dam and around the lake, but for my purposes as a photographer the lower lake offered more opportunities.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 7, 2017 at 6:36 AM

      • Very sensible. It was a LONG walk.

        Anabel Marsh

        November 7, 2017 at 6:39 AM

        • And on the day we were there the strong wind would have made a walk around the lake less enjoyable. Fortunately that wind made for good pictures at Lower Kananaskis Lake without the need to do a lot of walking.

          Steve Schwartzman

          November 7, 2017 at 7:16 AM

          • It was the first hike we did and the longest in our three weeks. Probably not the best planning.

            Anabel Marsh

            November 7, 2017 at 7:37 AM

            • The way I’ve long looked at traveling is that we’re bound to make mistakes. We can’t know all the ins and outs of places beyond our own little corner of the world.

              Steve Schwartzman

              November 7, 2017 at 8:21 AM

  7. I had to laugh at how you phrased that, that you were compelled to keep taking shots of the ripples. I’m that way with tree silhouettes…my camera is crammed with tree shots!


    November 19, 2017 at 9:18 AM

    • In checking just now I found that I did about 50 versions of ripples on this lake as the wind kept gusting. Maybe I’ll have to write a book called Compulsions of a Nature Photographer. Seems like it might appeal to other compulsive artists.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 19, 2017 at 9:55 AM

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