When you think of flotsam and jetsam, what comes to mind? The seashore..coastlines,oceans,beaches..the normal places.
So it was a surprise when we arrived at Moraine Lake, in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada. The lake is one of the most famous in the Rocky Mountain park systems, and a long,long way from any seashore. Very high up, too! But here we found this scene of glacial lake, towering peaks, and a great array of logs which had accumulated at the end of the lake. Since this isn’t in a logging area, being in the heart of a huge National Park, we assumed they result from avalanches, rockslides, wind or ice storms. At any rate, they made an interesting variation to the usual photos we had seen of this beautiful lake.

Sept. 5, 2009, FUJI S100FS camera.

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  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsover 5 years ago

    wonderful photo of our beautiful Moraine Lake, George. I love this lake so much, even better than Lake Louise. Too bad those logs are there I found though, I can’t seem to get close enough for a good shot, lol

  • Vickie, that reply about the rockpile was meant for you, but it doesn’t look like it was identified as such. I probably goofed!

    – George Cousins

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 5 years ago

    Great shot, George. Love those mountains! A most unusual find. I’m surprised no one has been able to find a use for them, or, because of the location in a National Park, are they deemed “untouchable”?

  • Thanks Mike. We were totally surprised to find all the logs! We’re used to them on the coast and the beaches, but way up in the mountains?? I think it’s the “untouchable” thing, though there’s getting to be a lot of them, wouldn’t hurt to cull them a bit.

    – George Cousins

  • George Cousins
    George Cousinsover 5 years ago

    We had a great trip..the first time I’d managed to get to Maligne and Moraine, so it was really a pilgrimage! It was Labour Day and huge numbers of people, but I managed to get far enough out on the logs to eliminate most of them. I considered climbing the rockpile, but didn’t quite have the fortitude..lol!

  • Stan Wojtaszek
    Stan Wojtaszekover 5 years ago

    Now that IS a lot of flotsam, George !
    You turned it into a very nice composition, though. :)

  • Thanks Stan..I took several others, but I think this was the best one to show the extent of the logs. On a seashore it wouldn’t be that amazing, but up on a mountain lake was really a surprise. BTW, Jann just got two features on “Mists”..I’m getting proud of that girl..lol!

    – George Cousins

  • Blackgull
    Blackgullover 5 years ago

    Beautiful George

  • Thanks Jim..I have a better picture of the lake itself, but the flotsam was what caught my attention..being a seacoast guy, it was amazing to find so much up there.

    – George Cousins

  • Anna Shaw
    Anna Shawover 5 years ago

    What a stunning image.

  • Thanks Anna, glad you liked it. It was an interesting merge of water,mountains and all those logs, quite unexpected!

    – George Cousins

  • Anne-Marie Bokslag
    Anne-Marie Bok...over 5 years ago

    Wonderful view on the lake George!

  • Hello Anne-Marie, happy to meet you, and thank you for your kind words!

    – George Cousins

  • murrstevens
    murrstevensover 5 years ago

    nice very nice…
    the logs sweep towards the mountain…

  • Many thanks..we’re so used to seeing flotsam on the seashore, it was such a surprise to find all that pile away up in the mountains! The lake looks tiny in the photo, but it’s actually a fairly big one. But hard to get a good shot without some physical work that I wasn’t up to that day..lol!

    – George Cousins

  • Brian Carey
    Brian Careyover 5 years ago

    Just excellent George!

  • Many thanks Brian, you’re very kind..much appreciated. Hope you had good weather on your trip to Gros Morne. I hoped to get there this year but problems arose and I had to cancel the whole trip back East..can’t wait for next year to try again :)

    – George Cousins

  • Travis Easton
    Travis Eastonover 5 years ago

    This lake is iconic photographically to the point of cliche, so really appreciate your different take of another aspect of it, loved the informative caption too.

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