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15th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Spirit Island, Jasper National park

According to some accounts of First Nations mythology, Spirit Island gets its name from two young lovers from feuding tribes who used to meet secretly on the island. However, when the young woman eventually confessed her forbidden affair to her father, he banned her from ever returning to the island. Heartbroken, her lover continued to return to Spirit Island throughout his life, hoping to see his beautiful lover again. But she never came and he eventually died on the island, where his spirit still resides.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 06.2017
Date Uploaded: 07.2017
Photo Location: Jasper, Canada
Camera: NIKON D5200
Copyright: © Danielle Burns