Kootenay Plains, Abraham Lake and Area, Alberta

 

Kootenay  Plains

Kootenay Plains - Sunrise Over North Saskatchewan River - DSC4400- ©Derek Chambers
Kootenay Plains – Sunrise Over North Saskatchewan River – DSC4400- ©Derek Chambers
Dawn Comes To Kootenay Plains - ©Derek Chambers
Dawn Comes To Kootenay Plains – ©Derek Chambers
Tone and Texture - ©Derek Chambers
Tone and Texture – ©Derek Chambers
Dawn - Saskatchewan River - ©Derek Chambers- ©Derek Chambers
Dawn – South Saskatchewan River – ©Derek Chambers

Siffleur River and Falls

The word siffleur is from the French, meaning whistling.  The name was chosen because of the sound that the hairy marmots who inhabit the area make when communicating.  The Siffleur River joins the South Saskatchewan in the Kootenay Plains.

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Siffleur River, Kootenay Plains – ©Derek Chambers
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Siffleur River Canyon, Kootenay Plains – ©Derek Chambers
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Siffleur River Canyon, Kootenay Plains – ©Derek Chambers
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Siffleur Falls, Kootenay Plains – ©Derek Chambers
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Rock Face Detail, Siffleur River Canyon, Kootenay Plains – ©Derek Chambers

 

Abraham Lake

Abraham Lake is actually a reservoir created by the Bighorn Dam at its east end.  The water is very low in the Spring, slowly filling the lake until the early Fall.  In the winter the lake freezes over and many photos have been taken of the methane bubbles frozen into the ice which become visible when a stiff wind blows away the snow, revealing a delightfully smooth and shiny surface.

The Road to Rocky Mountain House Beckons - ©Derek Chambers
The Road to Rocky Mountain House Beckons, April 2013 – ©Derek Chambers
Abraham Lake - ©Derek Chambers
The Lone Pine Tree, Abraham Lake, November 2014 – ©Derek Chambers
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The Lone Pine Tree, Abraham Lake, June 2016 – ©Derek Chambers
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The Lone Pine Tree, Abraham Lake, June 2016 – Artist’s Impressio0n – ©Derek Chambers
Swirls - ©Derek Chambers
Swirls – ©Derek Chambers
Mount Abraham - ©Derek Chambers- ©Derek Chambers
Mount Abraham – ©Derek Chambers- ©Derek Chambers

Allstones Creek

Allstones Creek is reached by a short scramble  down a bank on the north side of Highway 11.  The creek passes through a culvert and empties into Abraham Lake.   Upstream, the creek bed is constrained by  extremely tilted rock layers which present a whole range of different looks.  About a kilometer and a half from its mouth is a waterfall which blocks further progress up the creek, but to reach it is to pass through countless photo opportunities as well as many stream crossings.

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Layers of Rock, Allstones Creek, Abraham Lake – ©Derek Chambers
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Shadows and Layers of Rock, Allstones Creek, Abraham Lake – ©Derek Chambers
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Rock Layers and Twisted Pine Roots – ©Derek Chambers
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Lichen on Rock Face, Allstones Creek – ©Derek Chambers
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Allstones Creek, June 2016 – ©Derek Chambers
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Allstones Creek, June 2016 – ©Derek Chambers
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Allstones Creek, June 2016 – ©Derek Chambers
Allstones Creek - ©Derek Chambers
Allstones Creek, November 2014 – ©Derek Chambers
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The Falls on Allstones Creek – ©Derek Chambers
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Extreme Tilted Rock Layers, Allstones Creek – ©Derek Chambers
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The Tenacity of Life – ©Derek Chambers

Fish Lake

The turnoff to Fish Lake Park is just to the west of Nordegg.  There is a lovely trail which circumnavigates the lake.  The images below were made in November, 2014, just after a fresh overnight snowfall.  The snow was melting quickly when we arrived in the morning.

Dock at Fish Lake - ©Derek Chambers
Dock at Fish Lake – ©Derek Chambers
A Confusion of Trees At Fish Lake - ©Derek Chambers
A Confusion of Trees At Fish Lake – ©Derek Chambers

Ram Falls Provincial Park

The park is located some 65 kilometers south and west of Nordegg, over one mountain range to the east of Kootenay Plains.  It can be reached by following Alberta 40 (also designated 434 Forestry Trunk Road), a good gravel road which travels south and east, hugging the eastern slopes of the Rockies, all the way from Grande Prairie to meet Hwy 22 at Longview well south of Hwy 1.

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Ram Falls – Artist’s Rendering, Nordegg – ©Derek Chambers
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