Image for April.

A short distance to the west of Elbow Falls in Kananaskis Country there is a remarkable system of streams and ponds created by the industry of beavers. They have controlled the flow of water from a group of springs to create a haven for waterfowl as well as themselves. Probably because it is located above the Elbow River it appears to have escaped damage during the catastrophic floods of June 2013 that changed both the character, and the course of the river. Beavers provide a valuable service by creating reservoirs that help to regulate the release of water from snow melt and rain into creeks and rivers. Destruction of wildlife habitat, clearcut logging and damage to water courses caused by the use of off-road vehicles have all served to increase the damage caused by severe weather events.
 
OK, this is a photo blog after all. Nikon D800, 50 mm f 1.4 lens, ISO 100, 4 sec at f 11 with a Singh Ray LB Warming Polarizer and 5 stop ND filter to show motion in the water.   
©Chris Bone 2014

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