Photographer's Note

Stoney Lake is on the edge of the PreCambrian Shield, or as Canadians like to call it, the Canadian Shield. These are some of the oldest rocks in the world, dating back as much as 4.5 billion years. They were scraped clean by the last ice age, leaving a thin layer of soil on an area of bedrock with many exposed outcroppings.

Why am I telling you this? Huge trees grow on the thin layer of soil, but they are vulnerable to high winds when a storm passes through. Sooner or later, a strong gust of wind will topple one of the large white pine trees, leaving its roots naked and exposed. This happens often near the edge of the lake, where the rocks are more exposed and the winds are higher.

This is the view of the roots of the toppled tree as seen paddling in from the lake. They are so bare because they sat on top of bare rock with only a little earth above them.

But I think it looks like some kind of swimming monster out of the deep. Don't you?

The workshop posting shows the actual tree so you can see the perspective of the photo.

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Additional Photos by Peter Jennings (Geo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 55 N: 183] (1245)
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