Fractures in a Frozen Lake #2, Mongolia

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I was riding in a jeep across a snow-covered frozen body of water known as Black Lake in a remote corner of Western Mongolia. I had been told the ice was ten feet thick, and it provided the smoothest road available for driving in the rough winters here. I stopped to photograph a mountain in the distance, and crunched my away across the snow to get the best angle. A sudden series of windgusts forced me to avert my eyes to the surface below, and I watched, amazed and mystified, as the piercing wind blew away the snow before me, revealing a network of cracks and mysterious airbubbles trapped in the ice beneath me. The sun made a surprise appearance too, illuminating the rich, deep blue of the lake. The wind stopped. All was now calm, except for me, as I exclaimed over and over again,"Whoa!...Whoa!...Whoooaaa!"

13 responses

  • Jaime Virguez

    Jaime Virguez gave props (8 Jun 2009):

    wow awesome! Nice capture.

  • Lesley Williamson

    Lesley Williamson (Deleted) gave props (9 Jun 2009):

    Very very cool!! :) Great shot!

  • Thomas Brandenburg

    Thomas Brandenburg gave props (10 Jun 2009):

    Hey Gene I saw this photo in a travel magazine. It is quite memorable! my hat is off to you for creative work here! and welcome to JPG!

  • Michael Fuchs

    Michael Fuchs gave props (20 Jun 2009):

    Really unique photograph. What a great opportunity that presented itself.

  • vonAsh

    vonAsh said (29 Sep 2009):

    Thank you for retelling your experience! Wow, that must have been ominous and humbling and scary and all sorts of other reactions all at the same time. What a great shot! This is not something many of us will ever get to experience in real life. Absolutely beautiful!

  • Tijana Cvjetićanin

    Tijana Cvjetićanin said (6 Nov 2009):

    well, i would shout too... this looks absolutely amazing!

    beautiful. and unreal.

  • Latrenia Bryant

    Latrenia Bryant gave props (10 Nov 2009):

    Surreal!! :)

  • erin earhart

    erin earhart said (23 Jan 2010):

    absolutely fantastic shot, and amazing experience i might say...

  • Berry Mak

    Berry Mak gave props (27 Jan 2010):

    Totally excellent shot! Don't have to go to Mongolia to see this now you've shown everyone here :D

  • Bruce Miller

    Bruce Miller (Deleted) gave props (26 Feb 2010):


  • Mykola Swarnyk

    Mykola Swarnyk gave props (31 May 2010):

    Yes, this is absolutely amazing and unbelievable! Wow!

  • Rachel Hessinger

    Rachel Hessinger said (22 Jun 2011):

    That's amazing! It's so abstract. Love the textures and hues in this.

  • Ayelet

    Ayelet gave props (13 Jan 2013):

    its is "Whoa" - great shot.

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