Crescent-shaped oasis lake’s from above
In the Gobi desert, at the foot of Mingshashan lies the 200 m long Lake of the Crescent Moon (Yueyaquan), which gets its name from its crescent-like shape. The formation of the lake resulted from a geological peculiarity - the north and south slopes are higher than the east and west - and from the wind which blows from west to east. The wind initially blows in a southeasterly direction, and is then forced upwards where it rotates spirally before finally retreating in an easterly direction. As a result, the lake has never once become silted up with sand in 1000 years.
Yueyaquan is a crescent-shaped lake in the oasis, 5 km southwest of the city Dunhuang of Gansu province, China. It was named Yueyaquan since Qing Dynasty. According to measurement made in 1960, the average depth of the lake was 4 to 5 meters, with maximum depth 7.5 meters. In the following 40 years, the depth of lake continually declined. In the early 1990s, the area of the lake had shrunken to only 5,500 m2 with average depth of 0.9 meter (maximum 1.3 meter). Although local government had plans to restore the depth through filling with water, the lack of budget has delayed their actions.
Picture taken flying with an ULM above the Echoing-Sand Mountain, Crescent Spring can be called a natural wonder in the Gobi Desert. Some say it reminds them of the eye of a beautiful woman, lucid, beautiful and amorous. Some say it looks like the mysterious, gentle and seductive lips of a pretty woman, or a slice of lush, sweet and crystal cantaloupe. Actually, it resembles a crescent fallen down into this desert. Having been lying among these sand dunes for thousands of years, although given many surprise attacks by sandstorms, Crescent Spring still gurgles clear, and still remains worthy as the first spring in the desert.
Few people walking around will give you the size of the scene. Enjoy!
If you have a look at the Special Issue of TIME The year in Picture (december 21, 09) you will find the same area as a double page. I am not sure to understand why this should be considered one of the best picture of 2009. Have a look.
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olgaperdi (69) 2009-11-30 2:18
Great composition. I love the colours and the shadow of the dune on the oasis. I really like desert photos. Thanks for sharing.
alin-m (3716) 2009-11-30 2:18
Great immage with this spot of life in middle of desert.Nice picture.Congratulations.
jonathan_hart (21268) 2009-11-30 4:08
ces dunes gigantesques me paraissent bien menaçantes devant cette oasis avec une architecture vraiment surprenante qui surgit dans le désert, vraiment une vue étonnante !!!
Morac (27419) 2009-11-30 4:45
Quelle suprise en ouvrant la vignette.
Ce paysage est tout à fait grandiose et sublime.
sevy (13373) 2009-11-30 5:50
voila un paysage sacrement surprenant avec ce morceau de lac 'peau de chagrin' perdu dans les dunes. Le point de vue aerien prend ici tout son sens en montrant vraiment l environnement ce qui aurait ete plus difficile du sol.
Merci pour ta reponse sur la route de la soie, ca m a interessé.
ecmel (1035) 2009-11-30 6:50
I have never seen a oasis like this. Dunes seems very high. Excelllent sharpness, composition and colors.
Thank you for showing this extraordinary place.
pauloog (11735) 2009-11-30 8:20
A quite unique view... The oasis seems to have a problem looming behind, will it survive ?
Well presented with good contrasts and shadows to give depth.
Wanda1 (14018) 2009-11-30 21:27
What an unusual phenomenon. You captured it well from your areal point of view, and the lake and the building looked dwarfed by the surrounding dessert dunes.
eversmile (11624) 2009-12-14 3:06
Je reste bouche bée devant tant de beauté et devant l'improbable présence de ce lac entre deux dunes... Photographié depuis un ULM en plus?!? Alors, là, chapeau! Tu as dû te régaler durant ce vol! Je suis impressionnée que tu puisses en plus photographier! Le cadrage est impeccable, la netteté aussi... je suis soufflée! Félicitations!
jmcl (14535) 2009-12-14 19:40
The scale of this image is tremendous .. beautiful sand sculpture .. great dimension from the light and shadow and the beautiful curves of the dunes .. small vulnerable green and humanity .. beautiful image. take care, John
smash2707 (3216) 2012-12-14 16:26
I had never seen this place. Nice composition. beautiful colors and nice light. TFS