I kid you not, this is the actual color of the water at Moraine Lake, which is a glacially fed lake. This is key in why it is so blue. Sediment from the glacial runoff, specifically due to the refraction of light off the silt/rock flour. It is a very light material and stays floating in the water for a long time, hence the magnificent color. Banff is otherworldly, and not only Moraine is like this, but all the lakes in the park and neighboring Jasper National Park.
Lake Bled is just breathtakingly beautiful, a fairytale, Cinderella-esque setting with views like this. Most of the morning drive from Ljubljana to Bled was overcast clouds and when we arrived in Bled, it was raining ever so slightly, with a foggy mist hanging in the air. Most of the skies were just murky grey which didn’t really make for great landscape shots of this stunning church. After taking the boat ride over to visit and then a relaxing lunch back at shore, the sun came out and those puffy white clouds littered the sky. We started driving around the lake to find different angles to shoot, when we happened across this one. A gorgeous mirrored reflection in the water. So tranquil, so picturesque, so stunning.
Lake Bled, Bled, Slovenia
Google Maps Location photo was taken from: 46°21'33.0"N 14°05'08.2"E
Funny story behind this shot. My British friend, my US photographer friend and I were traveling from Bath to see Stonehenge. We arrived about 2 hours before it closed and found out some rich group of people had rented out Stonehenge for the remainder of opening hours. They were able to walk amongst the stones, getting right up next to them. Relinquishing the fact that I would not be able to get close to them, I figured out another composition for my shot. Waiting for close to an hour for those annoying people to clear the grounds, I stood with my camera propped above my head on the top of the chain link fence. I wasn't even looking through the viewfinder and clicked off a bunch of shots. The results I got were amazing and I actually like the distance they are in the shot. Massive behemoth giants of rocks but framed so small and delicately on a beautiful green field, surrounded by an amazing blue sky and puffy clouds.
Amesbury, Salisbury SP4 7ES, United Kingdom
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