Gumbo was exploring the fossil-rich rocks of the famous Burgess Shale, this deposit being in Stanley Glacier basin of Kootenay National Park, British Columbia. Congratulations to ace travel detectives, George G and PortMoresby, who successfully solved this difficult puzzle. Also to my colleague Dr Eric Larsen (via personal email) who also recognized where we were and what we were doing.
A Brief History of the Burgess Shale
One of the world’s most famous fossil sites is Canada’s Burgess Shale, which contains a large assortment of ancient and amazingly well-preserved (often soft-bodied) marine fossils Originally discovered at high altitude in the mountains of British Columbia’s Yoho National Park in 1909, the Burgess Shale was one of the important reasons for the designation of the region as a UNESCO World Heritage site.