In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Depth.”
It is the deepest lake in the world, and therefore my first association to the theme ‘Depth‘.
Actually Baikal lake is a champion of statistics:
- the deepest lake
- the world’s oldest lake
- the clearest lake
- the largest lake by volume
- the farthest from any ocean
- and the most beautiful I believe!
But, because the theme is about ‘Depth‘, to me it also evokes the fishermen who dig a hole deep in the ice in winter, to find fresh fish.
For four to five months a year, Lake Baikal is covered with ice. The ice is one to two meters thick. It is thick enough so you can walk and even drive on it.
Fishermen drive their cars on the lake until they find a good spot to fish.
Deep in its waters, Lake Baikal contains fishes of a unique variety: omul. It is a cousin of the trout, and is usually eaten grilled or smoked.
Lake Baikal is so beautiful, but it is more than just that. So far away from everything, it takes such long adventurous journey to get to it – and having avoided the high season so far, I find it extraordinary peaceful.
Lake Baikal is deep in my heart.