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It appear to have made a mistake and mixed my lakes up. This is not Moraine Lake but Medicine Lake. Sorry about that, but I did take the picture 31 years ago and I can barely remember what I had for breakfast this morning! LOL!

(Wikipedia) Medicine Lake is located within Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada. It is located approximately 20 km (12 mi) southeast of the townsite of Jasper, Alberta. Medicine Lake is approximately 7 km (4 mi) long and is a relatively shallow lake. The lake is part of the Maligne Valley watershed which is mainly glacial fed.

Medicine Lake is a geologic anomaly in the sense that it is not actually a lake but rather an area in which the Maligne River (flowing from Maligne Lake into the Athabasca River) backs up and suddenly disappears underground. During the summer months during intensified meltwater runoff the lake (which during the winter months is a meandering frozen river) fills to levels which fluctuate over time and with the runoff events. Much like a bathtub that is filled too fast for it to drain, it becomes laden with water (lake) until it can slowly drain as the tap flow (runoff) is reduced (river). The underground system is extensive and during the 1970s researchers used a biodegradable dye to determine the underground river’s extent. The dye showed up in many of the lakes and rivers in the area to the point where it became clear that the underground system was one of the most extensive in the world.

Olympus OM-10, 50mm 1.8


moraine lake, alberta, canada, banff national park

I’ve been an amateur photographer for as long as I can remember, which at my age is about a couple of weeks! I’ve owned film cameras from Zeiss, Scheider, Leica, Nikon and Olympus, as well as digital cameras from Pentax and Canon, and still have several, if I can ever find them. I currently use a Sony NEX-5N with an 18-55mm zoom lens, and after a year of ownership am still learning all the functions.

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  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezover 3 years ago

    Fantastic view mate …

  • Thanks, Tom!

    – David Davies

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 3 years ago


  • Thank you, Cheryl!

    – David Davies

  • Lee d'Entremont
    Lee d'Entremontover 3 years ago

    Gorgeous Capture David!

  • Thank you, Lee!

    – David Davies

  • Michael John
    Michael Johnover 3 years ago

    wow – very blue!

  • It’s an incredible blue, Michael, quite unbelievable!

    – David Davies

  • Al Bourassa
    Al Bourassaover 3 years ago

    Gorgeous shot of this wonderful spot.

  • Thank you, Al and thanks too for the fave!

    – David Davies

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 3 years ago

    Awesome work David…just love the POV, and the contrasting blues here…inst fave BTW!!!

  • Thank you so much, Larry and thanks too for the fave!

    – David Davies

  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseover 3 years ago

    Incredibly beautiful David- love the subtleties of the light catching the foreground branches.

  • Thank you so much, Rose and thank you too for the fave!

    – David Davies

  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...over 3 years ago

    David, this is BEEEEAUTIFUL!!!!!

  • Thank you so much Sita and thanks for the fave!

    – David Davies

  • michellerena
    michellerenaover 3 years ago

    Sensational shot David, those cool blue tones are really striking

  • Thank you so much, Michelle, but I just learned that I mislabelled this picture. It should be Medicine Lake, not Moraine Lake, Duh. I’ve changed all the information but of course the picture hasn’t changed! Thanks for the fave!

    – David Davies

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsover 3 years ago

    David I saw your note to George on his photo of Maligne Lake and do think this may be Maligne. Moraine Lake is not as open as this view shows. Maligne is in Jasper NP as well, your description describes Moraine alright, but I think it is Maligne. Better wait and see what George thinks too

  • Hi Vickie, thanks for responding. George is pretty sure that it’s Medicine Lake, which appears to be a runoff from Maligne Lake, primarily because of the low mountains at the end of the lake. It’s over 30 years since I was there which is why I messed up in the first place. What do you think?

    – David Davies

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