Jiuzhaigou – Before and After the Recent Earthquake

It takes millions of years to create the picturesque environment of the beautiful lakes in Jiuzhaigou, China.

The placid and serene lakes there are known for their mirror like reflection. The water is so clear that you can see the bottom of the lakes.

Water with calcium in it flows through the area creating bund like structures and series of terraces.

The water is so blue as it has no living plants in there; trees fallen over in the lake are progressively calcified.

Now, everything is destroyed.

The waterfalls are gone, the bunds disappeared.

Perhaps, the area will never recover . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

The last two photos are from the news agencies to which credit is due.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Path (4)

This week’s DP challenge is Path.

While visiting the Plitvice national Lakes in Croatia, we walked on this curvy path.

The boardwalks there bring us close to the waterfalls and other water features.dscf0358a

While my previous post shows a birds-eye view of the boardwalk; this photo shows a close up of the boardwalk.

The walk brought us a close view of the waterfalls; it was amazing!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Mirror ( Hokkaido Autumn )

This week’s DP photo challenge is Mirror.

It is sort of romantic up there in the lakes of Hokkaido in Autumn.007

Colored foliage and a lone yacht with perfect reflection in the placid pool.

A perfect mirror image in the Autumn lakes – a paradise for photographers!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Mirror ( Jiuzhaigou)

This week’s DP photo challenge is Mirror048

There are many lakes in Jiuzhaigou, China that are mirror like.

The serene water has a lot of dissolved calcium giving the distinct blue colors of the water and also perfect 070reflections of the nearby hills and trees.

Here are a couple of examples that attest to this.

Legend has it that a fairy has dropped her mirror and the pieces have scattered in the lakes.

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Serenity (at Lake Galve, Lithuania)

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Lake Galvė is a lake in Trakai, Lithuania. It has 21 islands, and one of them houses Trakai Island Castle ( see my previous posts). The lake and most of the other lakes surrounding the castle and city have myths and legends connected to them, of which most contain a tragic love story. The lakes and castle are therefore also said to be haunted.DSC_0301

While visiting the Trakai Castle, I have a good stroll outside the castle by the lake, viewing the lake scenery mainly.DSC_0302

It found it very serene – with the sailing boats and the blue sky.

The three photos here are a selection of photos with a similar theme. Sailing boats are my favorites, so is the deep blue lake water.DSC_0300

Hope the serene scenes bring serenity and inner peace.