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Big Lake, Mount Tatlow...a Chilcotin panorama by Dave Belcher

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Dave Belcher Dave Belcher
Explore score
0.38 Gigapixels
Date added
Oct 19, 2009
Date taken
Oct 12, 2009

Located in the west-central Chilcotin of British Columbia well off the beaten track, Mount Tatlow, el. 10,049 feet is sacred to the local Indians. It was just beginning to freeze over while I was there...the early morning temp. dropped to about -20C. The lake is about 4230 feet above sea level.

Tatlow is known as Tsi'lo?s (sigh-loss, the '?' represents a glottal stop) in the language of the Tsilhqot'in people whose territory is in the area of the lakes and the plateau to their north, and has given its name to Ts'il?os Provincial Park which encompasses this area. Native tradition holds that it is unlucky to point at Tsi'lo?s, or to mention its name in casual speech; adverse weather and worse may result. The Xeni Gwet'in people, who reside in Nemaia Valley near Mt Tatlow, request that NO climbing of it and its neighbouring summits take place, and BC Parks imposes those rules in its land-use guidelines on the area.

Big Lake has a healthy population of huge Rainbow Trout up to 15 pounds whose principal diet is an abundance of freshwater shrimp.

View the area in high resolution in Google Earth: maps.pbase.com/darby2/image/118316519 Will open in a new tab or window

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GigaPan Stitcher version 0.4.3865 (Macintosh)
Panorama size: 380 megapixels (53769 x 7079 pixels)
Input images: 80 (20 columns by 4 rows)
Field of view: 61.6 degrees wide by 8.1 degrees high (top=5.7, bottom=-2.4)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: Panasonic
Camera model: DMC-FZ50
Image size: 3648x2736 (10.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2009-10-12 11:33:12 - 2009-10-12 11:37:50
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure time: 0.004
ISO: 100
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 196.0 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Automatic
Horizontal overlap: 26.9 to 29.4 percent
Vertical overlap: 43.5 to 54.0 percent
Computer stats: 2048 MB RAM, 2 CPUs
Total time 45:19 (0:33 per picture)
Alignment: 3:42, Projection: 7:09, Blending: 34:28

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