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Jasper Lake Sand Dunes by Vickie Emms

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This is the north-west shore of Jasper Lake, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada
Canon EOS 50D
HDR – Photoshop CS5

Air, earth, water and living organisms have waged a battle on the shores of Jasper Lake for over 8000 years. Here the only sand dunes in the Canadian Rockies have been formed and constantly reformed by wind since the end of the last ice age.

Jasper Lake is a wide, shallow section of the Athabasca River beside the Yellowhead Highway. Acting as a kind of sieve, the lake removes silt and sand from the river, allowing it to sink to the lake bed. When the water level recedes in the fall, vast sand flats are exposed and dry out, becoming vulnerable to the strong westerly winds that sweep through the lower Athabasca Valley. In winter, these winds blow the sand and silt down the valley, forming two large dune islands near the northwest shore of Jasper Lake.

In the lee of the dunes, mature clumps of spruce and balsam poplar have gained a stronghold, while colonizing grasses, rose bushes and willows wage a constant war against the winds and migrating sands. Nowhere else in the park is the balance of nature so apparent – or so fragile – as in the Jasper Lake sand dunes.
(Information courtesy Parks Canada)


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  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsabout 2 years ago

  • Michael Collier
    Michael Collierabout 2 years ago

    Love this angle and the resulting composition Vickie. Nice clean detail throughout. Beautifully done.

  • many thanks for the awesome comment Mike

    – Vickie Emms

  • Leslie van de Ligt
    Leslie van de ...about 2 years ago

    Oh this is nice Sis and an interesting read as well. Great info and a fave :>)) Leslie

  • thank you sis. I never knew about Jasper Lake before. I always thought it was all the Athabasca River.

    – Vickie Emms

  • CanyonWind
    CanyonWindabout 2 years ago
  • many thanks POPS

    – Vickie Emms

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderabout 2 years ago

    Such an interesting read and a delightful photo

  • I liked the read when I researched it too Mik.
    Thanks so much for stopping in

    – Vickie Emms

  • Lolabud
    Lolabudabout 2 years ago

    Well composed and I like that the HDR is not overdone. Beautiful shot Vicki!!

  • thank you so much Pam.
    I’m glad you like the HDR, I am just learning how to use PC CS5’s version. I don’t like overdone either

    – Vickie Emms

  • Jan Siemucha
    Jan Siemuchaabout 2 years ago

    Beautiful capture, Vickie ! Congrats on your feature.

  • thank you Jan

    – Vickie Emms

  • NewfieKeith
    NewfieKeithabout 2 years ago

    Awesome Capture!!!

  • thank you Keith

    – Vickie Emms

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeabout 2 years ago

  • Veronica Schultz
    Veronica Schultzabout 2 years ago

    Beautifully composed shot Vickie!

  • thank you Veronica

    – Vickie Emms

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