The Gokyo Lakes are a series of alpine lakes at an altitude between about 4,600 and 5,000m not far from Mt. Everest, in Nepal. These lakes were considered sacred by the mountain peoples of Nepal and Tibet (a few kilometres away) for their great beauty, and to swim in them is considered very inappropriate (if one was tempted to swim here in the subzero temperatures that is). In the very height of winter these lakes partially freeze over. This is lake 3 in the series of 5 lakes in a chain of semi-connected lakes in the region and the water is the result of snowfalls off the surrounding peaks. The stone piles are found here in their thousands, and serve as memorials to the ancestors of locals and foreign visitors alike. Nearby is a small mountain called Gokyo Ri (around 5,350m) which gives superb views of the lakes, and four 8,000+ metre tall mountains.
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daddo (25441) 2010-12-10 20:55
Hi Matthew. There is something special about the light in this rarefied air. The colours look crisp and the details much more apparent. Of course much of this is due to excellent photographic skills.Regards. Klaudio.
jimkil (1706) 2010-12-10 21:08
A tough shot, I think I would prefer the view without the foreground you have chosen, but what I can see is this canadian rockie like glacier water with it's incredible colourings. The blue sky suggest the freshest of days where your lungs would exhilarate after the walk to here. Sharpness and DOF look bang on here.
humayun (2955) 2010-12-10 21:16
hi dear Matthew Watt..........
very very nice lakescape............
good pov and nice color................
nice place chose for photography...........
hemantbuch (1649) 2010-12-10 22:16
Nice shot..the blue tones work really well here, emphasizing the cold. The light is beautiful and while the piles of stones appear distracting at first, they are the essence of the story you are telling...well done!
batalay (36505) 2010-12-10 22:24
The colors, as much as the spectacular mountain range in the background grab the eye, but then there are the stones, stacked with regular spacing. Around the fjords of Norway, one sees stones stacked in similar fashion, but they are mementos of individuals who've visited. I wonder what minerals exist in the water that give it this aqua tint.
Regards and enjoy the weekend,
wolf38 (31284) 2010-12-10 22:45
Hi Matthew. A truly great landscape with excellent colors and stunning light. The cairns unfold in front of the ideal mountain setting. An overall great photo. My compliments. Regards, wolfgang.
stevesaba (8135) 2010-12-11 0:08
Very nice! A great shot of an alpine lake, but obviously knowing where it is makes it all that much more special! Perfect control of the light here, with great dof too! Great notes and a gorgeous landscape! Warm regards,
Longroute (19396) 2010-12-11 0:28
An outstanding and unique landscape, so fine to see, especially for those ones like me who don't have the chance to go there! excellent quality.
macondo (18623) 2010-12-11 0:34
An astounding scene. What a colour that water is! This one is so sharp and brilliant, and a very good exposure of all those whites. Hard to believe this lake is about twice the altitude of the top of our highest Australian mountain. One can imagine how cold the water is at this height. Fantastic rock formations, too. Great photo.
PS thanks for the compliments about my last photo!
federico (3102) 2010-12-11 6:38
hi mattew, wonderfull colors and nice and original composition
SnapRJW (31625) 2010-12-11 6:45
Hi Matthew - Fabulous colour and light management in this spectacular landscape. I like the inclusion of the piled rocks in the foreground, they tell us people inhabit the area - (your notes add further info on them.I can understand why people would consider the lakes sacred and visiting them must surely be a very spiritual experience. Best wishes Rosemary
timecapturer (49288) 2010-12-11 7:28
a wonderful view of this magnificent place, all the elements are working for you here. Love the little drift of snow in the foreground, and the two shades of blue, they contrast perfectly. Excellent image!
lilito (3498) 2010-12-11 7:55
Une belle composition tu as su capter non seulement les couleurs mais l'ambiance, le froid, l'isolement... j'aime beaucoup!
Nicou (127866) 2010-12-11 8:52
sueprbe compo et image, quelle vue avec le bleu clair du lac ces rocher et cailloux empilés qui montrent le chemin la vue sur les montagnes en fond, cette neige, superbe.
Bravo et amitié
mvdisco (17784) 2010-12-11 9:04
Very nice composition and landscape,
Excellent point of view and details,
well presented with great colors and light,
nice notes of the place..
very well done.
Très joli paysage!!
polpo56 (15136) 2010-12-11 13:50
a beautiful view of this mountain lake surrounded by mountains.
The color of water is amazing, perhaps it is reflecting the blue of the sky.
yquem46 (38750) 2010-12-11 13:58
Another good one from your trek in the Himalayas
Splendid colors of this luminous landscape
Have a nice WE
danielz (82) 2010-12-12 1:13
This is one greta picture. I like sharpnes , composition and colors also.
Keep a greta work,
hispic (9652) 2010-12-12 19:24
Very refined image, it has superb definition and sharpness. luminous cloud at upper left gives a lively impression to the quiet scene.
Beautiful color and light indeed! the scenery is reminiscent of Pangong Tso.
Best wishes, Hisashi
westozman (3193) 2010-12-12 19:33
Another beauty, Matt - great exposure, colour and sharpness: would've loved to have seen this part, too, whilst I was in Nepal at the same time as you.
Angshu (56458) 2010-12-14 20:20
Wonderful picture! The turquoise water of the l;ake is an excellent backdrop. These stone piles are called 'chortens', if I remember well & create a good FG depth. The mist/low clouds hugs the mountain slope. Excellent!
kiasari (62) 2010-12-19 3:59
You chose a good POV to take this shot. A nice photo with a well managed framing and superb colors. Well done!
- Copyright: Matthew Watt (Matthew-Watt) (5956)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-11-14
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: CANON EOS 550D, Canon EF-S 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 IS
- Exposure: f/8, 1/80 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2010-12-10 20:48