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Posted by Dean McLeod on Mon Apr 05, 2021 9:11 pm

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These beautiful colored rocks and pebbles, seen just below the surface of the water on the shores of Two Medicine Lake in Glacier National Park are a curious phenomena, caused by a variety of geological factors and time.

The colors vary greatly depending on their iron rich mineral content and exposure to sunlight, oxygen, heat, and pressure when they were formed.

The last glaciers broke up the rocks, which were washed away in rivers and are now deposited throughout the many lakes in the park. Short summers keep the water very cold, prohibiting plant growth which results in the amazing crystal clear water.

Nikon D850, Nikkor 24-70 f2.8 @70mm, f8, ISO64, 1/2 second. Polarizer, 10 vertical shots stitched to panorama, focus stacked three times for a total of 30 shots combined. Native file size is over 82" wide. RRS and Novoflex panorama rig.


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by E.J. Peiker on Tue Apr 06, 2021 11:49 am
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Cool shot!!!  

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by Dean McLeod on Tue Apr 06, 2021 3:32 pm
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Cool shot!!!  

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by John Labrenz on Tue Apr 06, 2021 7:27 pm
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Amazing colors!
This would make a very difficult jig saw puzzle....
 

by Dean McLeod on Tue Apr 06, 2021 7:32 pm
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John Labrenz wrote:
Amazing colors!
This would make a very difficult jig saw puzzle....


Thanks John! Haha, yes, this could be a toughie!
 

by Eia on Tue Apr 06, 2021 8:53 pm
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Wow, the colors are amazing as is detail. They look like jewels. Interesting read to appreciate the photo all the more. The almost eye level really shows it off
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by Dean McLeod on Tue Apr 06, 2021 9:24 pm
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Eia wrote:
Wow, the colors are amazing as is detail. They look like jewels. Interesting read to appreciate the photo all the more. The almost eye level really shows it off


Thanks so much! It's amazing what nature can create with time!
 

by Mary Brun on Fri Apr 09, 2021 12:47 pm
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Wonderful abstract texture of a thousand colors.
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by Dean McLeod on Fri Apr 09, 2021 2:15 pm
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I appreciate that Mary! Cheers!
 

by Carol Clarke on Fri Apr 09, 2021 4:22 pm
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I cannot resist walking along a beach or lakeside anywhere without searching through the pebbles underfoot, so this is a fascinating image for me!  I would probably have to be dragged away from this wonderful sight!  The colours are amazing and all the more fascinating after reading your description of their origins and journeys.  I can only imagine what this would look like in the 82" size.  :shock: 

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by Dean McLeod on Fri Apr 09, 2021 4:59 pm
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Carol Clarke wrote:
I cannot resist walking along a beach or lakeside anywhere without searching through the pebbles underfoot, so this is a fascinating image for me!  I would probably have to be dragged away from this wonderful sight!  The colours are amazing and all the more fascinating after reading your description of their origins and journeys.  I can only imagine what this would look like in the 82" size.  :shock: 

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Thank you Carol for the thoughtful comments! Indeed, Glacier National Park is home to some amazing sights! I am excited to return and explore again soon!
 

by Cynthia Crawford on Fri Apr 09, 2021 7:54 pm
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So wonderful and unusual to see this-I wish I was there. Like Carol, I love picking up pretty stones. These are amazing. I'll bet this looks incredible at 82" wide!! Would love to see that.
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by Dean McLeod on Fri Apr 09, 2021 9:17 pm
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Cynthia Crawford wrote:
So wonderful and unusual to see this-I wish I was there. Like Carol, I love picking up pretty stones.  These are amazing. I'll bet this looks incredible at 82" wide!! Would love to see that.


Thank you Cynthia! Yes, it's amazing looking at all of the different colors and imagining how they were formed over thousands of years!
 

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