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Another shot of Spirit Island. I rarely put the main subject in the centre of a photo, but something about this location really seems to demand it, especially so with the cloud right in the centre too. The way the mountains come down on each side and provide an almost symmetrical setting for the little island is amazing. Actually, if you look at this you will see that it's not really an island at this time of the year. Earlier in the season it is an island, but as the summer goes on the water level drops and it becomes attached to the mainland by a small strip of land. Since the water in the lake comes exclusively from glaciers it is very cold even in the middle of summer. The temperature is 4 degrees C in the summer. In the winter the lake frezzes over, with about 3 meters of ice, and with a further 3 meters of snow on top. This past winter they had even more snow, about 6 meters they said. The lake is called Maligne Lake, and maligne means evil in French. It got the name because one of the early explorers of the area (who was French) was transporting his supplies across the lake when the boat overturned and he lost everything.

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