Cascade Pools

Man likes building dams. They turn running water into serene pools which are nice to picnic around. In previous years, the pools dried up at the end of the season and filled anew with the spring run off. The last couple of years has seen water run year 'round. Perhaps they are directing more water down the Cascade river basin from Lake Minnewanka in order to restore the semblance of a river that used to be. The Cascade canal and power generating station has normally taken the bulk of water from the lake, but maybe change is in the air.

Last year, heavy equipment was working in the channel downstream of the pools, where the water gets directed under the Trans Canada highway, then under the Legacy Trail through some culverts. It's here where the realization sets in that the current Cascade "river" is an engineered version of its former self. Things like highways and culverts make engineered waterways necessary. And although this is the way it is now, it makes one wonder how grand is was.

Cascades and ponds are nice, even if they're engineered.  OM-2n with 135mm lens The sound of cascading water brings both soothing and unsettling feelings.  OM-2n and 28mm lens OM-2n and 21mm lens. There is an ambition built in to man to build dams.  OM-2n and 28mm lens. The remnant of the Cascade river running through one last makeshift dam into the pools.  OM-2n and 28mm lens. The Cascade river is stuffed through some culverts.  OM-2n and 28mm lens. Free from the culverts, the Cascade river continues down an engineered waterway to meet up with the water from the canal.  OM-2n and 24mm lens.

Bridges create bleak, dark places

Bridges create bleak, dark places

If you create a nice picnic area, you need a parking lot to go with it

Cars need a lot of asphalt

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