Intense Blue of Lake Issyk Kul, Kyrgyzstan – February 2nd, 201142.4N 77.2E
Although Lake Issyk Kul, in eastern Kyrgyzstan, is surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of the Tian Shan mountains, it never freezes. This explains its name, which means “hot lake” in the Kyrgyz language. The white spot in the center of the lake is a mere patch of clouds.
Here, the lake’s intense blue contrasts with the snow flanking its eastern shores. Some sediments can be seen by the snow on the far eastern end. The shores along the western half of the lake are snow-free.