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Leach Lake, Jasper National Park – Photo Edition

2010 October 25

Leach Lake, Jasper National Park

On my second day in Jasper National Park, I drove down the Mount Edith Cavell Road and stopped at Cavell Lake. I hiked down to take a few shots then drove up to the glacier parking lot. It was pretty full and pretty busy, so I decided to head on over to Athabasca Falls.

On my way back toward the campground, I stopped at Leach Lake. It was another of those fateful circumstances that I seem to fall into. The only reason I stopped was because there was an outhouse at the pullout there which I all of sudden desperately needed to use since leaving Athabasca Falls. And I figured, as long as I was stopped, I may as well walk down to take a look at the lake. Koji and I wandered down and found a little dock. Before I even took a step out on it I saw fish on both sides of it.

I told Koj to stay on the shore.  For a dog that goes at water like it is some kind of doggy crack, he was surprisingly nonchalant about the whole lake thing and just wandered around sniffing things out. I walked out on the dock and started taking some pictures. The water was so clear. I wished I had that polarized lense filter I had meant to pick up before I left for this trip, but I had fun taking photos regardless:

Leach Lake, Jasper National Park - Feeding Fish

Zoomed in:

Leach Lake, Jasper National Park - Feeding Fish

The weather was going over head rapidly, bringing up some wind and stirring up the water. I turned around to the other side of the dock and saw rain drops starting to fall in the water and rippling through the reflection of the trees, sky, and clouds. I set my shutter to multiple release and captured some of the action.

Leach Lake, Jasper National Park

Raindrops & Reflection on Leach Lake, Jasper National Park (click the link to view the motion pictures, it is only a couple seconds long and looped, just click the back button when you are done watching)

Leach Lake, Jasper National Park

Leach Lake, Jasper National Park

Leach Lake, Jasper National Park

Leach Lake, Jasper National Park

Leach Lake, Jasper National Park

And, when I was done taking fish pictures Koji took a quick dip along the shore. He then came out on the dock and did some fish watching himself. He didn’t bother the fish and the fish weren’t bothered by us. It was a nice little stop along the road.

Leach Lake, Jasper National Park

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