January 22, 2014

Backcountry Blue

Photograph by Paul Nicklen, National Geographic

Canada's Yukon backcountry hides sublime surprises, such as Azure Lake in the rugged Ogilvie Mountains. Glacial meltwater laden with fine sediment lends the lake its namesake color.

See more pictures from the February 2014 feature story “Yukon: Canada’s Wild West.


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41 comments
Shannon T
Shannon T

The mountains really make the blue pop. This photo is beautiful.

Sandra Hickman
Sandra Hickman

Awesome shot. Im surprised that the lake hasn't frozen over but what a contrast of colour here. Beauty in the Hands that created it.

Lola Rosique
Lola Rosique

Magnífico contraste entre la piedra gris y el agua azul.

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

A lovely blue 'diamond' lake framed by the mountains all 'round, make for a breath taking picture,that stands out and shouts 'here I am'  Yes, we need color,but in this shot the blue is enough, ringed by those rugged mountains.  1 more winner!  j.e.s. 

isaiah wiggins
isaiah wiggins

this scenery is amazing if u think about the mountains and the navy blue water. its just breath taking to me in my opinion


Leyla R.
Leyla R.

Amazing... but very cold

Mario Chong
Mario Chong

That is a beautiful picture, is a real wild place and I like a lot.

Yoysy Olivero
Yoysy Olivero

La Obra Expresa Belleza... También Habla De Perfección Más Allá De Cualquier Propósito Simple. Nos Enseña Lo Profundo De Lo Espiritual Y Lo Natural. Que Solo Se Obtiene A Través De Grandes Sacrificios Y Sufrimientos. Para Hacer O Lograr Que La Manifestación Del Gozo (o Vivencia) Sea Plena.

Isabel Correia
Isabel Correia

Stunning, spectacular. Stunning vision of beauty nature so well captured. Feels a lightness when looking at this picture and it is a place that makes you want to go there to see with our eyes and be part of a natural beauty like this. Great photography.

Mária Svitková
Mária Svitková

It looks quite similar to Hincove tarn in High Tatras in Slovakia :)

J'on Doe
J'on Doe

Now that is some high quality H20!

Gary Conn
Gary Conn

Paul Nicklen 'Azure Lake' Photo of the Day.  A landscape photographer reads a landscape photo like a map for information, as a record of travel, and to document what was found.  Upon reaching a clearing, or a highpoint, or a vista where the way forward is clear, there is time for the climber or hiker to decide:  Where to?  What next?  In this photo the morning sunrise was not evident, the light was dull and sky overcast, but the landscape scene a thrilling one nonetheless.  —GaryConn

ccc dhw
ccc dhw

the eye of mountain

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