Chapter 5: Vegetation
In southern and west central
Individual animals are too small to appear on all except very large-scale images. However, some animals (e.g. beaver) profoundly affect drainage systems.
5.17: Mixed Vegetation Near Lake Audy, Riding Mountain National Park
The photograph shows the northern part of Lake Audy 1 with the Little Saskatchewan River 2 draining into it from the north and Jackfish Creek draining to it from the east 3. Another small, unnamed lake 4 can be seen in the south. It was once considerably larger and is now ringed by emergent aquatic vegetation 5.
Vegetation includes deciduous woodland, coniferous woodland, and grassland. Deciduous woodland, light-toned with a mottled texture, is widespread 6, whereas dark-toned coniferous woodland 7 is more localized. Very light-toned grassland covers a large area east of the lake 8 and a smaller area to the north 9. Much of the vegetation is natural, but some coniferous trees have clearly been planted 10. The main grassed area is used as a compound for a buffalo herd, one of the few left on the prairies. Tourists are allowed to drive along a peripheral trail 11 in order to view the animals. Large though they are, they are not big enough to show up on this small-scale photo. A faint cut line through the deciduous woodland is probably the location of part of the fence around the compound 12.
Several trails lead into and out of the area 13, one leading to the campground 14 on the lakeshore.
Figure 5.17: Mixed Vegetation Near Lake Audy, Riding Mountain National Park
Vertical air photograph: A20587-23
Flight height: 10,270 feet a.s.l.; lens focal length: 152.47 mm
Date: May 16, 1968
Scale: 1:32,300 (approx.)
Location: Townships 20 and 21; Ranges 20 and 21 WI
Map sheets: 1:250,000 62K Riding Mountain
1:125,000 MCR 207 Riding Mountain National Park