Photographer's Note

After being busy with renovations and some other things I am finally back again with a photo. A recent one this time! This photo was taken at Pitt Lake on the right side of the dyke and actually not looking towards the main part of Pitt Lake in Pitt Meadows, BC, Canada.

About this photo: Yesterday evening we drove out to Maple Ridge to find out where I had to be today for a job orientation. I feel so much more relaxed if I know where I have to go. On the way back the sun was slowly setting and we decided to drive to Pitt Lake which is about 5-10 minutes driving from Pitt Meadows and about 20-25 minutes from our home.

The sunset coloured the sky quite nicely and the moon was out as well. I took this picture from the dyke at Pitt Lake, but looking to the right when you walk onto the dyke from the parking lot. It was taken near the viewing tower. The water looks like a marsh because of all the lily pads on the water. I like the view and that bit of reflection through the lily pads. It was a wonderful evening.

~Camera Settings:
*Camera Model: Sony Alpha DSLR A200
*Focal Length: 18mm
*F-Number: F/8
*Exposure Time: 1/20 sec.
*ISO Speed: ISO-100
*Exposure Program: Aperture Priority (A)
*Exposure Compensation (E/V): -0.7 step

I added some contrast and saturation to this photo to bring out the colours a little more. I also ran the photo through Neat Image to get rid of the access noise.

Thank you for dropping by and I hope you like this photo!

Some information on the Pitt Lake area: Pitt Lake is the second-largest lake in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, being about 53.5 square km (20.5 square mi) in area. It is about 25km (15.6mi) long and about 4.5km (2.8mi) wide at its widest, and is also one of the world's largest tidal lakes, its confluence with the Fraser being only a few miles upstream from that river's estuary into the Strait of Georgia. Its southern tip, where the Pitt River resumes, is 40km (25mi)east of downtown Vancouver.

The upper Pitt River valley is a typical U-shaped glacial valley in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia. The over-deepening of the lower end of the valley over the span of the Wisconsin glaciation created a trough over 140m (462ft) below current sea level. After initial glacial retreat at around 13,000 years ago a saltwater fjord occupied this basin when relative sea levels were still ca 120m (396ft) to 140m (462ft) above current levels in the region. Unlike neighbouring Indian Arm and Howe Sound farther west this fjord basin became cut off by sedimentation of the lower Fraser River by ca 10,500 years ago and is now considered a tidal fjord lake.

The community of Pitt Meadows occupies the marshy lowland at the southern end of the lake, some of which has become drained and is known as the Pitt Polder. Just southwest of the lake is the community of Port Coquitlam, which is across the Pitt River from Pitt Meadows. At the north end of the lake is a locality named Alvin, which is a transport and shipping point for logging companies and their employees. The Upper Pitt, meaning the valley upstream from the lake, is considered BC's best fly-fishing rivers and one of its best steelhead streams.

The lake is popular with boaters and canoeists, but is prone to heavy winds and rains as well as big waves (due to its great depth). The mountain range on its east flank comprises Golden Ears Provincial Park, its basin to the north is in southern Garibaldi Provincial Park, while the mountain range on its west, northeast of Vancouver's Coquitlam Lake watershed reservoir, is Pinecone Burke Provincial Park. The waterfront and foreshore of the lake and river are public-access and include extensive migratory wildfowl habitat. There is a destination golfing resort in the Pitt Polder area called Swan-e-set.

The area along the east side of the lake is somewhat famous for being the reputed location of Slumach's lost gold mine, the location of many failed and sometimes disastrous searches for the alleged murderer's lost gold mine. (Info from Wikipedia)

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