Surprising world under the ice of Lake Baikal
Baikal, the largest freshwater reservoir on the planet, is aptly nicknamed the “Pearl of Siberia“, so it is not surprising that images worldwide are willing to brave harsh conditions to capture the magic lake.
The same happened in the case of Andrey Nekrasov, a talented photographer from Odessa, who wanted to capture the turquoise ice from another perspective, the underwater. The result is truly remarkable, images are magnificent.
The photos were made this year, on April 27, when they were 20 degrees apart, says English Russia , which has reported several of these images.
Fascinating is turquoise ice, which is laid as the eye can see. The phenomenon is a reflection of sunlight, which in this unique place on the planet creates a surreal effect.
Besides being recognized as the place where shamans gather and legends circulating on the account to make the Lake Baikal an irresistible attraction for lovers of thrills. In 1996 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Olhon Island, the largest of the Baikal, it attracts tourists, although it’s not really a cinch to get there. From Irkutsk to the island are almost 400 kilometers. After about 170 km of asphalt, start a rustic road and easily accessible.
Locals say that shamans prohibit asphalting, because there is the belief that once paved road, shamans dead souls could no longer reach the lake to drink.
Legends of the deepest lake in the world still retain the days of Genghis Khan, and people do not deviate from them because “the fierce snake” do not get angry. Because of the depth, the lake can suddenly appear huge waves that can kill even the most experienced fishermen.
Surprising world under the ice of Lake Baikal – The first ice library in the world
On the edge of Lake Baikal, in Russia, it was installed first ice library in the world. Made on a structure labyrinth of over 200 tons of ice blocks, its walls were engraved with dreams of over a thousand people across the planet.
Ice library was inaugurated in early February and is the result of a proposal launched by the local tourist office, according to the site voceabiz.ro. The project manager told local media that the idea arose last year when he asked people to send their wishes. Soon, the team began to receive quotes from people around the world, and now authorities in the area will make use of this opportunity to attract more tourists to the area as.
Title dreams and desires engraved in the library walls. The ice walls were carved so far more than a thousand quotes, expressions and constituted approximately 420 “books”. They have contributed to the achievement of people around the world who have sent their wishes in different languages, including English, Chinese, Korean and Russian. Less good news is that the project will last at most until April, when pieces of ice will begin to melt, the project team hopes that by then the wishes written on the walls of the library a reality.
The old lady ice skating on Lake Baikal
Ger and loneliness. Between these poles, Liubova Morekhodova lives in a deserted wooden cottage of the Siberian steppe on the bank of Baikal, the deepest lake in the world.
Named by the Lakes of Burial Tribes, Baikal owns one fifth of freshwater worldwide and over 3,600 species of livestock and plants.
In this kingdom of nature, Liubova lives alone at the edge of the world. Every winter, the old lady takes off the Soviet skates made in 1943, moistens the ropes around the tibia, and starts on the lake floor of the lake looking for her cattle that sometimes wander over the other shore. Liubova glides with the grace of an Ecaterina Gordeeva, the Olympic champion of Russia in artistic skating in 1994.
Her son’s retirement and occasional visits are the only “external” events that break the identical order of her days in the silence of the mountain landscape.
Liubova was born right here, then went to the city, where he spent almost his life at a factory in Irkutsk. In 2011, retiring, Liubova decided to return to childhood, alongside her husband, who in the meantime died.
Furlong and his colleague decided to film it from the car as well, entering the Liubova train in the frozen water.
In 2019, the Soviet skates of Liubova still resist the proof of time.