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Medicine Lake

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On September 5th, heading south through Jasper National Park along Maligne Lake Rd., we came to Medicine Lake. Shown here is the lake’s northeast corner, beyond which you see the remains of a forest burned in an earlier fire. And again there’s the color through the water.

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

November 1, 2017 at 4:44 AM

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  1. Good medicine for the soul… I could sit with that view and just soak up the healing!


    November 1, 2017 at 4:00 PM

    • You put it so well when you call it “good medicine for the soul.” I hope you’ll get to sit and soak up the view in person one day.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 1, 2017 at 4:11 PM

  2. The sweep of the trees along the flank of the mountain really is impressive. It’s one of those sights that wouldn’t be possible had there not been a fire.

    The trees are quite a contrast with the lake, too. I’m still not certain what I’m seeing at the lake. At first, I thought it was steam coming off the surface. Then, I decided I was seeing the reflection of clouds. Now, I’m considering a reflection of mountain snow as a possibility — particularly since the lines of the mountain and the white lines over the lake seem to meet at some point beyond the frame of the photo.

    You certainly found some interesting shadows, reflections, and shimmers on this trip.


    November 1, 2017 at 10:33 PM

    • I took dozens of pictures of the northern (deeper) end of Medicine Lake, especially including the boulders and rocks so prominent along the shore. Many were closer and more abstract looks, but here I showed the broader sweep of things, not only because I like the sweep of this view but also because I was going to show an abstraction in the following post.

      As for what’s showing here, I’m not certain of everything myself. I can tell you that there wasn’t any steam. I don’t think the adjacent mountain had any snow on it, either, so I suspect that some of the light areas were caused by shimmering light superimposed on a reflection of the mountains. All in all, the picture seemed quite lively to me.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 2, 2017 at 7:31 AM

  3. […] into the lake for a while, the water level goes down—even to the point that the lake disappears. The previous post showed you that when we reached the northern end of Medicine Lake on September 5th it still looked […]

  4. Hi Steve … I have to ask, why do they call it Medicine Lake? Love the colours in the water …


    November 3, 2017 at 7:43 PM

    • Yes, I loved the colors in the water here and in other places in Alberta, some of which have yet to put in an appearance.

      Here’s what one source says about the origin of the name: “Medicine Lake earned its name from the Native Indians who believed its ebb and flow was magical, like medicine.”

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 3, 2017 at 10:35 PM

      • Although we now know why the lake ebbs and flows, it still has a magical aura.


        November 4, 2017 at 4:58 AM

        • I hadn’t thought much about the disappearing at the time. Now I’m wondering what photo opportunities the temporarily dry form of the lake presents.

          Steve Schwartzman

          November 4, 2017 at 8:08 AM

          • I am sure you would find many opportunities.


            November 4, 2017 at 5:34 PM

            • If I could bear up under the cold, and if that area were even accessible. The night before we flew out of Calgary on September 14, snow had already fallen in the mountains.

              Steve Schwartzman

              November 4, 2017 at 8:23 PM

  5. It almost looks like a rock formation’s edge under the water. Great place for fish to hide I imagine. It will be interesting to see how the trees recover, if they do.


    November 29, 2017 at 11:35 AM

    • Now that you mention it, it does look like a big rock formation. I can no longer remember if that’s really what it was or if it’s an illusion.

      As for the trees, I expect they’ll recover, given enough time. The cycle of burning and regenerating is a long-established one in these mountain forests.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 29, 2017 at 11:41 AM

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