Since winter is knocking on the door, I decided to share with you my love for one of the most beautiful winter places in the world- Lake Baikal in Siberia, Russia.
Lake Baikal is the world’s deepest and oldest (20 to 25 million years) existing freshwater lake. Called “the sacred sea” by locals, Lake Baikal, also known as the “pearl of Siberia”, is located in the south part of the Russian region of Siberia between the Irkutsk Oblast to the northwest and the Buryat Republic to the Southwest. In midwinter, the lake is a roughly 12,200-square-mile crystal ice rink. A curious thing about Lake Baikal is about two-thirds of the estimated 1,500 animal species living in and around it are found nowhere else on Earth. The best known resident is the nerpa, the world’s only exclusively freshwater seal.
The American artist Jim Denevan created amazing artwork on the frozen lake of Baikal. He carved expansive, meditative works with repetitive patterns and endless scale which spanned on an area of nine square miles!
I would really love to be in this snowy fairytale sometime in my life! Would you?
L. V. K.