04 May 2010

Surveyor Lake Reflections

One of my favorite places to hunt for new and interesting images is Surveyor Lake in Kikomun Provincial Park, British Columbia. There are several small lakes at this park with Surveyor being the largest.  From the west end, looking across the lake, the Kootenay Rockies provide an awesome backdrop.

Generally when I go to this park there are few if any humans around but there is an abundance of waterfowl and painted turtles.

The turtle below is nearly invisible as he sun's himself in a maze of driftwood and reflections. These turtles are timid little beasts and scurry back in the water at the slightest noise.

The birds on this lake are pretty skittish too and generally fly off before one can capture an image. The two geese below continued to paddle back and forth despite my presence. I suspect their nest was somewhere very close by.

The thing I seem to have the best luck capturing at this little oasis are reflections. I don't know why that is but I always seem to get lucky. The image below is 100% Surveyor Lake reflection. I think the image has a unique quality about it. See if you don't agree.

Kikomun Creek Provincial Park by Kinsey Barnard
Kikomun Creek Provincial Park by Kinsey Barnard

 This next image is nearly all reflection except for the branch which I think adds a little extra interest to the photograph. The rippling of the water adds seems to create a surreal effect.

Last but not least is my favorite for this shoot. This photograph is one of those that you need to step back or pull your nose away from the computer screen to get the full effect. Up close it doesn't look like much but step away and I think you'll see a whole different image.

The dead branches seem to create the illusion that the tree is floating on clouds an intriguing effect me thinks. Adding interest are the painted turtles that sun bathe on the trunk. One turtle has created ripple rings. I think this is a very cool image. I'd be very interested to know what you think?

©Kinsey Barnard Photography 


Dave said...

My favorites are the other reflection photos. They yield a very unusual effect. I've tried to achieve that effect with Microsoft PictureIt software, but it's not the same.

Kinsey Barnard said...

Nothing like the real thing!