Even without the lure of its mysterious lake monster, Kanas Lake is a spectacularly beautiful lake on an equally stunning nature reserve in northern Xinjiang, China.
Travelers rave about the splendid Alpine scenery at Kanas Lake, a long flowing, pristine lake that is found in the Altay mountains that supplies Kanas River, also in the nature reserve. The forests are filled with stunning, colorful trees.
The lake even has its own legendary lake monster! Similar to Scotland’s Loch Ness monster, stories of the Kanas Lake Monster have been in the Chinese media since the 1980s about an enormous, serpent-like creature.
Apparently the lake monster reappeared in 2005 and again in 2006, bringing tons of journalists and conspiracy hounds hoping to photograph the mysterious beast of the lake.
Chinese scientists insist it’s just a big school of salmon-like fish and not a lake monster. Legends usually start for a reason and some claim the serpent exists.
Lake Natron in northern Tanzania turns animals into statues. The lake can reach a temperature of up to 50 degrees Celsius and its alkalinity levels vary between pH 9 and 10.5. Only some extremophiles, like the Alkaline tilapia, live there. All other creatures that mistakenly ‘crash’ into the most caustic lake on Earth, are turned into calcified versions of themselves.
Photographer Nick Brandt visited there and took these eerie images of birds turned into statues after ‘crashing’ into the lake. Birds turned to stone.
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Perfectly Designed but Terrifying Lookout Point
On a mountain range in Norway, the perfect lookout point has been constructed on the top of a mountain. From this vantage point, the magnificent scenery includes a crystal blue lake nestled at the base of snow-covered mountains. However, it makes you feel like you’re going to walk off the end of a cliff.
Commissioned by the Norwegian Highway Department, the Aurland Lookout is located above the small town of Aurland in Sogn og Fjordane. Designed by architects Todd Saunders and Tommie Wilhelmsen and constructed using materials that blend into the existing terrain, the viewing platform is made to look like giant wooden diving board. Fortunately there is a glass barrier at its very edge to dramatize the fact that you are standing over thin air, at least 40 feet past the top of the mountain.
10 Stunning Crater Lakes Around the World
Crater lakes appear when a caldera, a cauldron-like crater formed by the collapse of land following a volcanic eruption, becomes filled with water. Featured above are some of the most stunning, naturally formed crater lakes around the world.
- Crater Lake (Okama), Mount Zao, Honshu, Japan
- Kelimutu Crater Lake, Flores Island, Indonesia
- Crater Lake, Mount Ruapehu, New Zealand
- Crater Lake, Mount Pinabuto, Luzon, Philippines
- Quilotoa Crater Lake, Ecuador
- Vulcan Point within Crater Lake, Taal Volcano, Luzon, Philippines
- Viti Geothermal Crater Lake, Askja, Iceland
- Crater Lakes in the Albertine Rift, Africa
- Kerid Crater Lake, Iceland
- Crater Lake, Mount Mazama, Oregon, USA
Frozen Pier at Lake Michigan
Located on Lake Michigan is the century old St. Joseph North Pier. When the wind moves across the pier during Michigan’s freezing winter months, large waves crashing upon the pier and lighthouses literally freeze the lake water in place, creating beautifully sculptured ice formations.
Over the years, environmental and landscape photographer Tom Gill has journeyed to the pier to capture the amazing ice formations. His photographs have been published worldwide and can be seen in his Flickr album titled Frozen World.