Old Glory: Lake Baikal
Category: Outdoor Scenes
Photo and caption by Alex Newby
Sunrise on Lake Baikal on March 29th, 2013. Shot from the Isle of Olkhon. Normally the basin for a fifth of the world's fresh water, in January Baikal freezes over into a desert of ice. At over a mile deep, four hundred miles long, forty miles at it's widest, and filled with 5,521 cubic miles of water, Baikal boggles the mind. But all that water under a meter and a half of ice doesn't do a thirsty trekker any good when his water bottle has frozen, and he has miles to pull his sledge to get off the ice. The oldest lake in the world, (25 million years), Baikal looks as pretty as a princess.
Location: Island of Olkhon, Lake Baikal, Siberia