Portraits of Wildflowers

Perspectives on Nature Photography

Vermilion River

with 17 comments

A visitor to Marble Canyon in British Columbia’s Kootenay National Park encounters the Vermilion River a short distance before its confluence with Tokumm Creek as that creek flows out of the canyon. Here from September 8th are two views showing that part of the Vermilion River and some of the picturesque rocks in it.

© 2017 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

November 24, 2017 at 4:37 AM

17 Responses

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

  1. When I saw the title, of course I thought, “Shouldn’t that be “Vermillion”? It turns out that the doubled consonant is correct for the city in South Dakota, but not for this river, or for the color. Vermillion, South Dakota’s name was taken from the Lakota wa sa wak pa’la, which translates into “red stream.”

    Since the beautiful colors here weren’t exactly red, I did a little more exploring and found that this river’s name came from the red clay along its banks. Now I’m wondering if the unusual rock in the second photo isn’t layered with some of that same clay.


    November 24, 2017 at 7:30 AM

    • I found several dictionaries that give vermillion as a less-common spelling of vermilion. As for the color, I don’t recall seeing anything vermilion in the short stretch of this river that we walked along near Marble Canyon. I suspect you’re right that the reddish layers in the unusual rock are an instance of what passes for vermilion in the red clay along other parts of the river. In a post next month I’ll show part of a creek bed at Waterton Lakes National Park that comes closer to vermilion.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 24, 2017 at 10:57 AM

  2. Me, I just am enjoying the wonderful images 🙂


    November 24, 2017 at 7:57 AM

    • And to me that seems like an appropriate thing to do. You’d never run out of great sights up there.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 24, 2017 at 10:59 AM

      • You’re right, I sure wouldn’t . Looks like paradise to me.


        November 25, 2017 at 7:33 AM

        • And this region is within striking distance of the Pacific Northwest where you hope to end up.

          Steve Schwartzman

          November 25, 2017 at 7:42 AM

          • Indeed. I may have mentioned before that my grandmother used to take her horses up there to ride in the mountains, so I grew up hearing tales of the area and seeing photos. She even participated in a search and rescue effort by horse.


            November 25, 2017 at 7:59 AM

            • I don’t recall hearing that from you. Did your grandmother’s party find what they were looking for?

              Based on the signs I saw, horseback riding is still popular up there.

              Steve Schwartzman

              November 25, 2017 at 8:44 AM

              • I believe they found her, but too late to save her. I was too young to hear the full story 😦


                November 26, 2017 at 9:38 AM

  3. Wow! The patterns are amazing!


    November 25, 2017 at 12:43 AM

  4. Picturesque rock and picturesque water patterns, too.


    November 25, 2017 at 2:41 AM

  5. Didn’t make it to Kootenay. It’s on the list!

    Anabel Marsh

    November 25, 2017 at 4:01 AM

    • Given the number of places you saw on your previous trips to Canada, I have no doubt you’ll make good use of a visit to Kootenay.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 25, 2017 at 7:35 AM

    • The Paint Pots and Marble Canyon were the two well-known sites we visited in Kootenay National Park. We’d considered two other places in the park but ran out of time. As you know, there’s no shortage of things to see up there.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 25, 2017 at 8:49 AM

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: