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Spotted Lake
Aug 2005 Fred Schaad

Spotted Lake

Near Osyoyoos, BC

This is a shot from this past summer at Spotted Lake. Legends of "Kliluk, the Spotted Lake" are woven
into the Native Indian heritage of the Okanagan Valley. The Indians soaked away aches and ailments in
the healing mud and waters. One story cites a truce in a battle to allow both warring tribes to tend
to their wounded in the Spotted Lake, "Kliluk". Spotted Lake is located west of Osoyoos on Hwy. 3
....a rare and unique natural phenomenon covering 15.2 hectares (38 acres). It contains one of the
worlds highest concentrations of minerals: magnesium sulphate (Epsom salts), calcium and sodium
sulphates, plus eight other minerals and traces of four more, including silver and titanium.

In the hot sun of summer, the water of Spotted Lake evaporates and crystallizes the minerals, forming
many white-rimmed circles: shallow pools that reflect the mineral content of the water in shades of
blues and greens.

Canon EOS 20D ,Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS
Handheld, Moose Warming Polarizer full exif

other sizes: small medium original
comment
Eldar Kadymov15-Jun-2010 19:48
Jaw dropping image...
Rick Bricker10-Feb-2010 07:23
I need to get out of the car more often.I've never seen this driving past Osooyos before.Amazing phenomenom,wonderfully told and shot.
Bill Warren12-Mar-2008 19:23
A natural "photo shop" look lake. I would love to see this in person. V
Greg Burke03-Apr-2007 02:28
what an amazing place, good photo too...
Yves Rubin25-Jan-2007 03:46
This is unbelievable, never saw it before and so amazing! Thank you for revealing it to us!
tomr-photos29-Jul-2006 02:53
My gosh, another fascinating piece of nature. Unbelievable.
magoo02-May-2006 13:11
Interesting lake and thank you also for the history
Great gallery!