July 24, 2014

Blue Pond, Japan

Photograph by Kent Shiraishi

Emerald green waters strike a stunning contrast with snow-covered woods in Hokkaido, Japan. The artificial pond is the result of a nearby dam intended to protect the town of Biei from mudflows should nearby Mount Tokachi ever erupt. Typically, the pond is a bright shade of unnatural blue that attracts tourists from all over the world, but last October, the Blue Pond transformed into a deep green mirage thanks to the season's snowfall.

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