Vertical air photograph: A23692-116
Flight height: 13,700 feet a.s.l.; lens focal length: 153.22 mm
Date: May 12, 1974
Scale: 1:25,000 (approx.)
Location: Townships 9 and 10; Range 15 WI
Map sheets: 1:250,000 62G Brandon
1:50,000 62 G/14 Carberry
In the western half of this panchromatic photo are two dune complexes 1 2; the northern one is completely stabilized, but the southern one is less so. The latter shows areas of very light-toned bare sand 3, but it is mostly grass-covered (light grey) 4 with an area of dark-toned coniferous trees, probably white spruce (Picea glauca), to the west 5. The northern complex is mainly grass-covered 6 with patches of deciduous trees, probably aspen (Populus tremuloides) 7, and isolated white spruce (Picea glauca) 8 identified by their dark tone and triangular shadow shape. Dune ridges bound the dune complexes 9, 10, 11. The central of the three shows an interesting variation in vegetation cover: the south side, with a dry microclimate, is bare or grass covered 12; the north, wetter side, is grass or tree-covered 13. A similar arrangement is seen on the northern ridge 11. Other indefinite stabilized dune ridges occur in the northwest 14.
East of the dunes Epinette Creek 15 occupies a dark-toned area 16—the path of a former distributary of the
In the northeast is a small patch of agricultural land 18. The CN line crosses the area in the north 19, and a light-toned path 20 can be seen in the east. This is probably used only by military vehicles as the area lies within the Shilo range and training area. A circular depressed area 21 east of the northern dune complex defies easy explanation. Less clearly defined circular features occur further south 22.