Canadian Jewel

© Ken Smith

Canadian Jewel

Uploaded: January 28, 2014 03:39:06


Peyto Lake, in Banff National Park, Alberta Canada.

F10, 1/60th sec, ISO 400, 32mm focal length

Exif: F Number: 10, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/60 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 400, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 32.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark III


Carolyn M. Fletcher level-deluxe January 28, 2014

That water is such a pretty color. Seems like there's a lot of that in Canada. Wonder what makes it that color. Anybody know? Sure isn't the sky reflecting in it, at least not this one. #1561317

Colette M. Metcalf January 28, 2014

Oh my! Is this ever gorgeous, Ken!!! #10958210

Joy Rector January 28, 2014

gorgeous shot #10958221

Linda D. Lester level-classic January 28, 2014

What a beauty!! I'm with Carolyn the water is just beautiful! I heard once why but don't remember! #10958271

Agnes Fegan level-deluxe January 28, 2014

The "wow" factor. Just beautiful! #10958316

Michael Frazier level-classic January 28, 2014

Great capture Sr. Like the color also. #10958438

JO ANN CLEVELAND January 28, 2014

OMG! That is outstanding Ken! And I agree about that water color...wowza!

jo ann c. #10958491

Ken Smith level-classic January 28, 2014

Hi everyone. The lakes in the Canadian Rockies have the greenish to turquoise color because they are fed by nearby glaciers that contain ground up clay and quartz-like materials.

This "rock flour" floats near the waters surface and absorbs or eliminates much of the blue light, but reflects some blue and greens. And that's the light we see.

There are glacial lakes all over the world, but the Canadian glacier lakes have a little extra luminosity because much of the "rock flour" is made of limestone, which enhances the refraction.

So, there you have it. :-) #10958530

Mary Beth Aiello level-classic January 28, 2014

An amazing scene, Ken, so expertly captured, as always. And thanks for the explanation. The color is magnificent. #10958566

Amalia Sylvia Arriaga Salinas level-classic January 28, 2014

Beautiful scenery with great colors Ken!,
Amalia #10958582

John Connolly January 28, 2014

A fantastic sight and thanks for the explanation Ken! #10958671

Randy D. Dinkins level-deluxe January 28, 2014

Beautiful shot. It has been a few years since up that way, but miss the blue green waters of Banff, Jasper and other lakes in BC. #10958864

Cindy Bendush level-classic January 28, 2014

The lake color has so much impact in this image - totally gorgeous!!! #10959093

Jean Lechleiter February 23, 2014

Fantastic shot of one of my favorite places. CONGRATS. on getting Staff Favorite. #10983717

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