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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 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.
The Maligne River pours into the lake from the south and drains out through sinkholes in the bottom. The water then streams through a cave system formed in the slightly soluble limestone rock, surfacing again in the area of Maligne Canyon 16 kilometers downstream. This is one of the largest known sinking rivers in the Western Hemisphere and may be the largest inaccessible cave system anywhere in the world!
During early summer the lake is 9 km (5.5 miles) long, 1 km (.62 miles) wide and 30 metres (100ft) deep. But, every fall it mysteriously drains naturally like a giant bathtub with a missing plug.
This creates the disappearing lake phenomena.
First Nation’s people originally called it Magic Lake.
Wolves in the region have figured out how to make it work for them and have been known to chase caribou into the muck so they’ll get stuck.
Medicine Lake also boasts a healthy population of rainbow trout and brook trout and is a fly fisherman’s paradise.
Wildlife is surprisingly abundant along this high altitude lake. Grizzly bear, black bear, mule deer, caribou, wolves, moose, and mountain sheep are some of the larger mammals that frequent the lake area during the summer season. Bald eagles, and osprey also frequent the area and live off the fish populations.

Canon XT with Sigma wide angle !0-20mm lens, f/16, ISO-200, 1/250sec, 20mm.

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alberta, canada, lake, landscape, mountain, nature, np, rockies, scenery

I’m married to a wonderful man for over 35 years. I have one daughter and one grandson. I live in Winnipeg, Canada. Photography is my passion as is travelling. I do both whenever I can.

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  • Chris Clark
    Chris Clarkalmost 4 years ago

    stunning work Teresa

  • Thank you Chris.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • Gregory Ewanowich
    Gregory Ewanowichalmost 4 years ago

    Beautifully captured Teresa and a very informative explanation.

  • Thanks a lot Gregory.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 4 years ago

    Awesome work Teresa, such lovely contrasting blues between the reflections, and the sky…Most interesting read as well…inst fave for sure!!!!

  • Thank you Larry. Your wide angle lens helped a lot my friend.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • JohnDSmith
    JohnDSmithalmost 4 years ago

    BEAUTIFUL,…

  • Thank you so much John.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsalmost 4 years ago

    beautiful hon, I didn’t see this upload until I came to your homepage to look for new work, it totally slips by feeds

  • Thank you hon. I know becuase I posted it and didn’t have a single view in over 2 hours. That’s impossible so I knew it’s the same problem once again.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1almost 4 years ago

    WOW~ Magnificant!

  • Thank you Cheryl, much appreciated.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkealmost 4 years ago

  • Thanks Audrey.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • Leslie van de Ligt
    Leslie van de ...almost 4 years ago

    A beautiful capture of this lake Teresa. I love it. :>)) Leslie

  • Thank you dear Leslie. It’s an interesting lake to say the least.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • loiteke
    loitekealmost 4 years ago

    I love it.

  • Thank you so much Meeli.

    – Teresa Zieba

  • Paul Gibbons
    Paul Gibbonsalmost 4 years ago

    Superb work, excellent detail and composition.

  • Thanks a lot Paul. Greatly appreciate your comment.

    – Teresa Zieba

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