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Kootenay Plains as the Leaves Turn # 252

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Date: 1975.09.01
Vantage Point: First Range Escarpment

Caption: The poplar leaves have turned to gold as fall comes to the Kootenay Plains, beside the North Saskatchewan River in Alberta.

PhotoDescr: Unlike most things named Kootenay (an approximation of the tribal name Ktunaxa), the plains are located in Alberta, beside the North Saskatchewan River shortly after it leaves Banff National Park. The peak in the centre is probably Normandy Peak, with Mount William Booth on the left edge, behind the near conifer. The more distant peak between the two has not been identified. These peaks are part of the First Range or the Ram Range. In prehistoric times, members of the Ktunaxa would cross the Rockies to trade with the tribes of the plains on these flats.

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