Panning for Canadian Gold in Alaska

Wait. What?  That makes absolutely no sense at all.  Let me explain.  It’s sort of a convoluted story.

While in Skagway, my cousin, her husband, my brother and I went on a bus tour of the Klondike.  Our itinerary included gold panning at a place called Liarsville.  Now, the place is called Liarsville, because journalists often lied about the long and arduous trek to get to the gold mines in the Yukon.  They said that it was a pleasant and wonderful trek and that it would be a great adventure.  Turns out that it wasn’t.  So they called the base camp Liarsville because it was filled with liars.  After that tangent, let us get on with the gold panning story.

While in Liarsville, we viewed an entertaining story of how Liarsville came to be and what role it played during the gold rush 110 years ago.  There was a lot of laughs and a lot of information thrown.  There was even a quick presentation of how to pan for gold.  It basically exploits the fact that gold is incredibly dense and will filter to the bottom of the dirt when agitated.  What’s funny, is that Liarsville doesn’t actually have a creek from which to pan for gold.  What they did was create these troughs that had water so we could basically do the motions.  Not only that, there wasn’t any actual gold found in Alaska.  It was all found in the Yukon which is in Canada.  So what we had to pan for was flakes of Canadian gold mixed in with the dirt.  Sort of ironic really, since I’m from Canada.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I had a great time just doing the motions and pretending to be a prospector and finding gold just for those 10-15 minutes.

Anyway, this photograph was taken right beside the troughs that we had used to pan for gold.  There was a cool little waterfall flowing so I decided that I should shoot a photograph.  Normally, I would do a long exposure to turn the water into a milky and smooth surface but alas I had no tripod so a quick snap had to do.  Anyway, I hope you enjoy.

Taken with Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi.
Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM at 135mm.
Shutter Speed: 1/60s.
Aperture: f/5.6.
ISO 1600.
Edited with Adobe Photoshop CS4.


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