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WINNER of the Which Country has the Best Challenge in the Lakes and Inland Waterways Group

2nd Place in the Take a Hike in Beautiful BC Challenge in the Beautiful BC Group

2nd Place in the Lakes and Inland Waterways of Canada only Canada Challenge in the Lakes and Inland Waterways group

3rd place in the Give me Nature Challenge in the World As We See It, or as we missed it Group

Featured in “Made By Nature” November 2010
Featured in “Canadiana” January 2011
Featured in “Beach, River and Lake Treasures” February 2011
Featured in “Beautiful BC” June 2011
Featured in “The World As We See It, or as we missed it” September 2011
Featured in “Featured For a Challenge” May 2012

Editors choice for Photo of the Week – 2nd runner-up in the World As We See It, or as we missed it Group – September 19th-25th 2011

Kwai Lake on the Forbidden Plateau, Strathcona Park, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

This is one of the images used in my Forbidden Plateau calendar

The Forbidden Plateau is an area of outstanding sub-alpine beauty in Strathcona Provincial Park, a rugged mountain wilderness on Vancouver Island, British Columbia,Canada

Mountain peaks, some of which are snow-capped for most of the year, glaciers, forests, lakes and alpine tarns provide the stunning scenic attractions accompanied by a variety of wildlife which includes black bears, cougars, red squirrels, gray jays (or whiskey jacks as they are commonly known) Roosevelt elk, deer, Vancouver Island marmot and white ptarmigan. Sub-alpine plants are also in abundance throughout.

Strathcona Park is the oldest provincial park in BC having been created in 1911 and virtually spans the entire width of the Island covering an area of 250,000 hectares.

The Forbidden Plateau region has the origin of its name in Indian legend and evil spirits were believed to have inhabited the area and consume women and children who dared to venture within!

Today the area provides a wonderful location for hiking, photography and camping during the summer months and Nordic skiing during the winter.

Canon 40D
1/250sec f10 ISO 400

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  • ourjrny
    ourjrnyabout 5 years ago

    It is very beautiful Martin.

  • Thank you very much Sharon!

    – Martin Smart

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful scene, well captured Martin!!

  • Many thanks for your comments Marvin!

    – Martin Smart

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerabout 5 years ago

    Lovely scene.

  • Thank you so much Trish!

    – Martin Smart

  • Kimberly Adams
    Kimberly Adamsabout 5 years ago

    This is a beautiful capture Martin.

  • Thank you very much Kimberly!

    – Martin Smart

  • Sandy Stewart
    Sandy Stewartabout 5 years ago

    A lovely captured scenic view, including beautiful reflections! Nicely composed using the two trees on either side to frame this beautiful little lake! : )

  • Thank you for your comments Sandy, much appreciated!

    – Martin Smart

  • MsLiz
    MsLizabout 5 years ago

    All I can say is “FANTABULOUS WORK” !!!!

  • Lol! Thank you so much Liz!

    – Martin Smart

  • Olga Zvereva
    Olga Zverevaabout 5 years ago

    Stunning image, Martin! Beautiful view.

  • Thank you very much Olga!

    – Martin Smart

  • annalisa bianchetti
    annalisa bianc...about 5 years ago

    Beautiful capture !!!

  • Thank you very much annalisa!

    – Martin Smart

  • giuseppe maffioli
    giuseppe maffioliabout 5 years ago


  • Much appreciate your comments Giuseppe, thank you!

    – Martin Smart

  • Pamela Jayne Smith
    Pamela Jayne S...about 5 years ago

    2nd Place Many Congrats :)

  • Thanks so much Pamela, I’m really pleased to have finished in 2nd place. Thanks also for setting-up the challenge!

    – Martin Smart

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