This visit to Lost Lake in Whistler, B.C. last week was part of a late afternoon walk during a week long meditation retreat. There was only an hour allocated for the walk, and most of the time was spent getting to and from the lake. Thus, the amount of time to enjoy the lake was literally about ten to fifteen minutes. Here you can see the mountain stream enters the lake. It is a really pretty scene.
Just off to the right of the stream was this sign cautioning the human population to be alert of the fish spawning in the wetland area surrounding the lake.
A little farther to the right of the sign, there was this swarm of tadpoles. I was thrilled to see them, as I had never seen them in the wild before. They were located right next to a public beach area, but there were ropes on the beach preventing humans from entering near the tadpoles.
Within just a few minutes this snake swam into the area searching for a bite to eat. It had just swallowed a tadpole before I captured this photo. I only saw it eat one tadpole, so maybe it can't digest multiples at one time.
The snake wasn't the only one searching for a meal. The ducks came too. It is rare to get to see such a quick view of an ecosystem in action. Since I only had a brief time to spend at the lake, I was quite appreciative that during this short visit I was able to have such a meaningful experience.