Yay! This needs no comments! Magic World of Blue Lake photo by Viktor Lyagushkin wins week 3 National Geographic Traveller Photo Contest
Stoneworts — an ancient class that combines the attributes of algae and higher-order plants — serve as a source of food for waterfowl, especially during autumn migrations.
Wrapped in a weightless veil of cladophoraceae algae —
poetically named mermaid’s hair — stoneworts adorn this 260-meter-deep karst lake, their mild radiancy juxtaposed against the gloomy rock walls of the deep. When exposed to sunlight or strobes, stoneworts start to shed their own light. This phenomenon is known as photoluminescence, and lasts for only a fraction of a second.
HOW I GOT THE SHOT I used a Nikon D3s, 60mm, f/2.8, Subal housing, and two Ikelite DS160 substrobes mounted on the camera.
Where: Blue Lake, Kabardino-Balkaria, Caucasus, Russia
by Viktor Lyagushkin
Look Section, Scuba Diving Magazine (USA) March/April 2013
Yay! “Legends of the Caucasus” became the photo-winner in the category “Fresh Water” on the festival “Golden Dolphin” (Moscow, Russia). Congratulations, Victor!
Congratulations to our team photographer, Victor Lyagushkin! He set the first place in January stage of the competition Photographer of the Year 2013 with his Blue Lake photo, Lady of Orda Cave photo and photo from Lazurny quarry. Wish him good luck for the future!
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“There’s a place in southern Russia where glistening white
mountains rise precipitously skyward. Wild rivers twist and turn through the deep canyons that separate them until they burst free, flowing into the meadows and forests that stretch east and west to the Black and Caspian seas. These are the Caucasus Mountains, home to Blue Lake, a legendary place as beautiful as it is unforgiving”.
Read more in Diver Magazine Volume 37 Number 7 !!!!
National Geographic Russia Magazine has published a big article about Blue lake Awareness Project and added a photo with Victor and his photo equipment to the editor-in chief’s word to the reader:
Residents relate the story of a 115-year old man, a member of WWI’s legendary ‘Wild Division’ cavalry, who said the elders of his day called the lake ‘Jinn’s Jar’, referring to powerful, demon-like spirits said to live in vessels shaped like lamps or jars and also because the lake’s shape resembled an inverted jar or lamp with narrowing neck downwards to a lip at its bottom.
To read the Blue lake piece in the web click here
By putting their long necks to good use by ducking underwater and reaching for food at the bottom of a lake these mute swans are showing not just their looks – but also how well adapted they are.