Kananaskis Jags
The jagged peaks of the Opal Range in Kananaskis Country are located in the southern Canadian Rocky Mountains and geologically belong to the Rundle formation. The limestone of this mountain range is very fossiliferous and contains corals, brachiopods and crinoids in abundance. This rock type is quite common in North America and is also present in the Grand Canyon in Arizona. The limestone is between 350 and 300 million years old and resembles a shallow ocean sediment complex with a thickness up to 3600 ft (1100 m ) containing eleven sub-formations that all are very resistant to erosion. This results in ripsaw-ridge cliffs and ledges of different color. The rock originates from the western continental shelf of the super-continent Pangäa that reached its greatest compactness 245 million years ago. Kananaskis is a Sioux word and denotes a river confluence, here the confluence of the Kananaskis and the Bow River. A moose crossed the lake shortly after this photography was taken. Hence the perfect reflection completely disappeared.
August 2009
Canon 5D MkII, Canon L 16-35 mm, f/16, 2 sec, ISO 50, tripod