Fishing omul deep in the icy waters of Lake Baikal

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‘.

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Baikal in autumn
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Baikal in winter

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.

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This is a photo from the sea off Vladivostok, to show the fishermen’s equipment to dig a hole in the ice and catch fishes deep in the water.

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.

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Frozen Lake Baikal. You can see how thick the ice is. Below that, this is the deepest lake in the world.

Fishermen drive their cars on the lake until they find a good spot to fish.

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Baikal Lake. We see a number of fishermen scattered on the icy surface of the lake.

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.

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Fishermen fishing omul fish on Lake Baikal.

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.

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Me on Lake Baikal in winter.
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