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Elk Island
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A national park in the dead of winter


Bull Rush Frosted
Andrea and I had some time to kill in Edmonton, so we figured we would spend the afternoon at Elk Island National Park - about an hour east of town. The drive there is fast - highway all the way. While it was cold out (perhaps -15°c), it hadn't yet snowed this year so all of the white is frost.  The frost grows different based on how much time is spent in the the shadows and how exposed the area is.


We drove down to the lake which was frozen thick enough for people to safely walk on it.  Based on how deep we could see bubbles, we figured the ice was at least 30cm thick.  In the distance we could see skaters riding on the nearly perfect ice surface.  At the shore we could see last years grasses and reeds with a heavy burden of frost.  The sun only barely reached over the horizon.

Blade FrostedSun Low Over HorizonBent Over Grasses

The ice surface is surprisingly varied.  Long cracks, frozen solid, provide shelter for ice crystals to grow.  In other places shallow bubbles provide a surface that frost can cling to and develop.  The patterns are endless.

Ice Flakes On LakeIce On Lake Surface

Single Buffalo In Trees
Elk Island is actually best know for it's herds of Buffalo. We kept searching for Buffalo (there aren't many fences), but we didn't see any until we were leaving the park. There at the side of the road, was a small collection of animals. Andrea drove by slowly while I took pictures out of the back seat.

 Single BuffaloTwo Buffalo
 




Blade Frosted
Tags: frost, plant, shallow depth of field
Single Buffalo In Trees
Species: Bison bison (American Bison)
Tags: safari
Sun Low Over Horizon
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Tags: frost, twin
Ice On Lake Surface
Tags: frost
Ice Flakes On Lake
Tags: frost, ice, lake
Single Buffalo
Species: Bison bison (American Bison)
Tags: safari
Two Buffalo
Species: Bison bison (American Bison)
Tags: safari
Bull Rush Frosted
Species: Typha latifolia (broadleaf cattail)
Tags: frost
Bent Over Grasses
Tags: frost
Tags: frost(6), safari(3), ice(1), lake(1), shallow depth of field(1), plant(1)

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