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Broken River

 

 

⭐   WINNER LANDSCAPE CATEGORY - 2020 Australian Photography Awards

⭐   Bronze Award - 2020 Epson Pano Awards

THE STORY:

In the northern winter of 2020, I was fortunate to lead a photography expedition to Lake Baikal in Siberia, Russia.

Baikal is the world’s largest and deepest freshwater lake. Each winter is freezes over, creating many incredible ice formations. Seen from above, the lake reveals all its spectacular features.

During the freezing process of 2020, these very unique ice patterns formed - the likes that have never been seen before. It is theorised that snow fell on the lake and was blown by wild winds channelled through a nearby valley close to the shoreline.

As the lake froze, this snow scattered hundreds of metres across the freezing water, causing these ice patterns. A break in the formations may have been caused by more liquid water penetrating the wind-blown snow.

After the lake had frozen, the changes in temperature caused the ice to crack, hence the thin spider-web like lines through the image.

Snow falling during winter clumps together on the lake’s icy surface in dune-like formations with the wild winds that cross the exposed lake.

This creates yet another stunning layer to this already-complex landscape.

 




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