For all Canadians of a certain age, Moraine Lake is a memory for us, even if we have not had the good fortune to visit. So I know you’re asking yourself “Ken, how is this so? How can someone have a memory of a place that they have never been to? Do Canadians have superpowers?” The short answer is yes, yes Canadians have superpowers, but I’d have to kill you all if I told you any more, so let’s move on shall we?
The slightly longer, and significantly duller answer is that Moraine Lake once graced the back of the old Canadian twenty dollar bill. So, even if you didn’t know anything about the lake, or Banff National Park, you still had seen a picture of this incredible place. See for yourself:
Please feel free to send me all of your old Canadian twenty dollar bills, I’m collecting them to go along with this photo. It’s just for the sake of art, not that I want your money or anything. Really! Okay, not really, but that still should not stop you from sending me your twenties. I also accept fifties and hundreds, I’m all about being flexible, and therefore willing to compromise. After all, flexibility and compromise are part of our Canadian superpowers, but I have already said too much!
Moraine Lake is another of Banff national Park’s glacier fed lakes, and the colour of the water is due to the abundance of rock flour in the water. I wrote about rock flour in a previous post about Peyto Lake, which has an even more dazzling colour to it’s water.
If you look at the back of the photograph, you’ll notice the haze. This was not fog or cloud, but rather smoke that had drifted in from hundreds of kilometres away in British Columbia. Forest fires were raging in that part of the country while I was visiting Banff National Park, and on this day in particular you could see and smell the smoke very clearly. No matter how much I am told, or how much I read that forest fires are all part of the natural process of life, death, and rebirth, it still makes me sad to see all those incredible trees go up in flames. Even though there were no fires in the area when I took this photo, the smell was incredibly powerful. Throughout the day I kept having flashbacks to my visit to Tasmania a few years ago. The eastern side of the island had been devastated by fires and the charred remains of trees were everywhere. It had just been a week or so that the fires has spread throughout Tasmania when I got there, so the evidence of fire was apparent everywhere you looked. It was surreal to witness some of the devastation, mixed in with the natural beauty of Tasmania.
Photography, Copyright, and the Law
A couple of weeks ago, I promised to share some valuable information about how copyright affect photographers, and the people who use photography. It is an often misunderstood concept, especially when getting in to the legal aspects of how copyright works. You almost have to be a lawyer in order to understand how copyright functions, so I thought it would be a great idea to talk to one of the top copyright lawyers in the United States. Carolyn E. Wright is an attorney who focuses on intellectual property issues, including copyright and trademark law, contracts, licensing, general business and commercial law, and commercial and tort litigation. She literally wrote the book on the subject, her book “Photographer’s Legal Guide” should be in every photographer’s bookshelf.
In Part One of my series on the subject of Copyright in Photography, I was fortunate enough to have Carolyn take the time to talk with me about this very important subject. Thanks Carolyn!
An interview with Carolyn E. Wright of photoattorney.com
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jill- Jack and Jill Travel The World says
Awesome pic. When we were there it was raining and foggy we could barely see the peaks :( Now we know that they look like :)
Pete Heck-tic Travels says
Beautiful. The clouds add a really cool effect. Despite this being my backyard and being here many times, I can never get tired of looking at it. Don’t think it is possible. I’ll see if I have any old twenties tucked away at home I can send your way ;)
I LOVE your blog!!!!
The NVR Guys says
Jesus. You Canadians and your freakin’ superpowers. Enough already. Equal rights, poutine… Do you really need to add superpowers to the list.
Oh, nice photo by the way. Is that you Canadians actually see things?
Camels & Chocolate says
I haven’t been to Moraine Lake specifically, but I spent a few days in Banff and Lake Louise three summers ago, and I will go to my grave saying it is one of the prettiest areas on the planet.
art lover says
What a wondrous picture! The sun breaking through the clouds, the “smokey” mountains contrasting with the sunshine mountains, the water, the trees, the WHOLE PICTURE!!!!!!!! Incredible!!!!!
This is my favorite place and I was visited here twice. I think this is the most beautiful place in the world. For tacking complete rest this place is best because here no one can disturb and the climate is pure natural.
Dr Pooja says
Heavenly beautiful pics
love your blog
Ken Kaminesky says
Jill, That’s too bad! I do know how you must have felt though. I have often arrived at a place I wanted to photograph, only to be disappointed with the weather, scaffolding, or some other impediment. Hope the photo made up for you missing out on the great view ;)
Pete, lucky you to be able to live so near one of the most amazing places on the entire planet!
Thanks Gaby! :^D
NVR guys, yes… you should be all jealous and everything. Poutine rocks! ;)
Kristin, I agree 1000% It doesn’t get more beautiful than the National Parks in the Canadian Rockies.
Art, thanks so much. I hope that everyone gets the urge to go see this amazing place for themselves. Being there is an incredible experience.
Jenny, agreed! It is soooo tranquil and serene. I hope to go back in the winter one day. It must be even more peaceful at that time of year.
Dr P, thank you, come back again soon!
Dr Pooja says
must be a great fun visiting some beautiful places on planet n some amazing clicks?why don’t you come to India.sure you wont be disappointed
Anne McKinnell says
I haven’t been to Banff National Park for at least 20 years so I’m looking forward to going there and photographing this beauty. You have a great travel blog Ken, one of my favourites for sure!
Siddhartha Joshi says
Even I use ‘but I’d have to kill you all if I told you any more’ liberally in my jokes :) Its awesome to see a stunning picture and then laugh at the words below…
Carlos Garcia says
Stunning! Bravo Ken! I would love to be there right now!
Lake Moraine has always been an iconic Canadian scene for me, and when I finally got to go myself it was worth the wait. I now have a photo of myself in a scene I’ve seen so many times (and I am old enough to remember the old 20 dollar bills).
Next time I go back I plan to spend the night lakeside to see the lake in all the different light through out the morning, day and evening. It is a magical place.
Great Post! Nice Pics Also
Your work is gorgeous. Yes, absolutely, this shot of Lake Moraine – exquisite. . . but it’s true of EVERY shot that I saw on your video too – even interiors! I see how you’ve chosen to frame them, the extraordinary light you’ve captured; and so, the colors that are drawn out or lit from within by it; the layers of shadows; defined shapes; the clarity created by fine edges of details. . . And I know that our eyes and sensory capabilities can realize that; but I don’t understand how a camera can translate it.
The images could be called ‘surreal,’ but it’s something else. The feeling of the whole, the entirety formed of so many superlative aspects, is so full and yet so pristine as to be magical. It’s as though one is seeing from a higher octave – seeing just a moment of some extraordinary beauty within each place.
And Then, when you speak, you are funny! And articulate. Easy to listen to.
Can’t believe how I happened to stumble-in to this luxury.
Your proficiency with your perceptions is a gift to us all.
It’s wonderful to know you’re here.
I look forward to enjoying this site, and your future travels.
And Thank You, for sharing such brilliance.
A fellow traveler
Ken Kaminesky says
Hi Bridge, First off… Thank you for taking the time to write such a kind note. I’m really touched by your words. It’s because of people like you that i continue to keep posting here on my blog. I’m updating the whole blog right now and will be re-launching it soon. Stay tuned, lots of fun stuff is on the way. :)