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  |

6 steps to out of this world night sky images

Keen to try shooting the night sky and to capture star trails? Here’s a great article from Photojojo to inspire you… enjoy!

It’s beautiful and sparkly. It’s the night sky!

When the night is clear, the stars and astrophotographers come out to play. But you don’t need to be an astronomer to shoot the stars. We’ll show you how.

Immortalize the ever-changing cosmos in glorious photos with a few handy rules on tripod-use and exposure.

Whether you’re shooting the auroras or want to capture star trails, long exposures will get you there. Read on for our best tips!

How to Catch Stars With Your Camera

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Photographers conserving wilderness

Rock Island Bend by Peter Dombrovkis

Morning Mist, Rock Island Bend’, Tasmania, by Peter Dombrovskis
source: National Library of Australia

Through their images, photographers can play a prominent role in increasing public awareness about the importance of conserving wilderness for future generations.

For instance, on my island home of Tasmania, photography has played a hugely influential role in the campaign to conserve the Tasmanian wilderness, particularly the work of prolific photographers Olegas Truchanas and his protégé Peter Dombrovskis, who each hailed from The Balkans and together shared a bond like that of father and son.

Olegas Truchanas (left) & Peter Dombrovskis (right)

Olegas Truchanas (left) and Peter Dombrovskis (right)

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