Shards of turquoise ice jut out of the world’s largest lake

image by Alexey Trofimov

Lake Baikal, located in the southern part of eastern Siberia in Russia, is an incredible natural wonder of the world that one can only hope to visit at least once in their lifetime. It’s not just the oldest freshwater lake on Earth, at 20 to 25 million years old, it’s also one of the largest and deepest, holding an astounding one-fifth of the world’s freshwater.

From January to May, the lake freezes over but the water is so clear that, from the surface, you can see an astonishing 130 feet below you.

A photograph worthy natural phenomenon occurs each March, when wind, temperature differences, frost and sun in the ice crust cause cracks and ice hummocks to form.

Transparent and shining in a turquoise color, these masses of broken ice look like shards of glass rising into the sky. They are caused by the slow and unequal pressure in the main body of the packed ice as well as by the unequal structure and temperature. Now that’s one for the bucket list!

See below for more stunning images from this unique location…

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A man feeding swans in the snow

Image by Marcin Ryczek Polish photographer Marcin Ryczek snapped this once-in-a-lifetime photograph of a man feeding swans and ducks from a snowy river bank in Kraków.

The trifecta juxtaposition between black/white, water/snow, and person/animals is pretty remarkable, don’t you think?

You can download a desktop sized version of the photo here, and check out more of Ryczek’s photos in his portfolio.

|  source: Colossal  |

Lombok: faces and places – a photographic essay

A selection of images from our recent holiday to the islands of Lombok, Indonesia. The photographs are best viewed large for better detail, so if any take your particular interest, please do click to evoke the bigger version!

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The appeal of surreal photography (part II)

Further to my earlier post about the appeal of surreal photography, today I’d like to highlight the amazing work of Robert ParkeHarrison and his poignantly beautiful series titled The Architect’s Brother.

The book of the same name comes highly recommended, and was in fact named one of the “Ten Best Photography Books of the Year” in 2000 by the New York Times. (My recently ordered copy is currently winging its way to my door – yay!)

Here’s a sample image to whet your appetite:

Robert Parke-Harrison: The Architect's Brother - Cloud Burst

Cloud Burst

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