July 15, 2014

A Phantom Lake

Photograph by Carsten Peter, National Geographic

Members of a British-led expedition pause at a subterranean lake on the way to Titan Chamber in southern Guizhou Province, where it rains more than 50 inches a year. The lake appears and disappears as the rains come and go.

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28 comments
Dick Smith
Dick Smith

Should have shot it with out  (PEOPLE) ruining the symmetry...

lekha k
lekha k

is it lake or perfect mirror

Ebru Erte
Ebru Erte

Fantastic, but also a bit frightening :)

Gwen Pina
Gwen Pina

Great reflections on this phantom lake.

@southwestdreams, #cij, #etsycij

Sungyoung Park
Sungyoung Park

Wow! A subterranean lake are full to mysteries...

Wayne  Norman
Wayne Norman

What a phenomenal work!  The reflections are super and the 'two halves' are almost interchangeable.  Wow.  Such a wonderful composition and so well presented.  Thanks for sharing and congrats.  Cheers.

Shannon T
Shannon T

Very cool. Not a ripple in the water.

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

Color here is the thing, not a lot of it,but the pinky-beige,and greenish-gray of the background with the blue reflected water and those small red and yellow figures, makes a good rugged shot.  j.e.s.........

Lawrence Sibley
Lawrence Sibley

A beautifully symmetrical image of the cave reflected on the mirror surface of the water.

The presence of the human figures provides an essential impression of the huge scale of the cavern. Also, the people are holding the intensely bright illumination lamps.

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