Healthy Medicine by Sean Jansen

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Photo taken of Medicine Lake, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada
Nikon D300
Nikor 24-70 mm lens

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.

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.


  • Barbara Manis
    Barbara Manisover 4 years ago

    This is soooooooooooooo beautiful, Sean! Would love to be there!

  • Thank you so very kindly Barbara for your lovely comment. This is such a pretty spot just out of Jasper and I am happy I could share this with you ! Many thanks for the fave : )

    – Sean Jansen

  • Judy Grant
    Judy Grantover 4 years ago

    Wonderful !!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Thanks you very much for the fave add and terrific comment Judy. Always greatly and kindly appreciated. Glad I could share this with you : )

    – Sean Jansen

  • karentillotson
    karentillotsonover 4 years ago

    Oh wow Sean…thank you for sharing this incredible scene….absolutely wonderful capture!!!

  • Thank you so very kindly Karen for your awesome comment and fave add. This is such a beautiful spot just out of Jasper and there is also a nice little trail along there. So happy I could share this with you !!

    – Sean Jansen

  • angel1981
    angel1981over 4 years ago

    love this shot! its fantastic! well done!!!

  • Oh thank you so very much Jen for your terrific and kind comment. This is another stunning view here in our mountains. So happy you enjoyed and I could share this with you. Many thanks again and for the fave add as well !!

    – Sean Jansen

  • mssunshine
    mssunshineover 4 years ago

    Beautiful photo – very well done – thank you for sharing.

  • You are quite welcome as it is always a great pleasure to share. Thank you so very much for your lovely comment and kind words. Glad you enjoyed !!

    – Sean Jansen

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersover 4 years ago

    Another beautiful landscape. I love all those blues.

  • Thank you so kindly Lori…..I am delighted that you are enjoying these. I really appreciate the fave add and your wonderful support. Many kind thanks again !!

    – Sean Jansen

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonover 4 years ago

    Well captured and beautiful scene

  • Thank you so very kindly Joy for your fantastic comment. I took this with the beautiful early morning colors. Glad you enjoyed and appreciate the fave. Many kind thanks again !!

    – Sean Jansen

  • kemal91
    kemal91over 4 years ago

    Fantastic capture, great view!

  • Thank you very much for your fantastic and kind comment. Always a pleasure sharing these with you. Many wonderful thanks again

    – Sean Jansen

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonover 4 years ago

    Awesome capture and view Sean, have a wonderful week-end

  • Thank you ever so kindly…..always happy that you enjoy and appreciate the fave add. Many thanks again and have a terrific weekend yourself : ))

    – Sean Jansen

  • gingermegs
    gingermegsover 4 years ago

    Another awesome shot Sean.:)

  • Many kind thanks for adding this to your favorites and leaving such a lovely comment. This another beautiful spot just outside Jasper and I am happy I could share it with you. Many thanks again : ))

    – Sean Jansen

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