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...once lived in Lazarea (a commune in Harghita county) a very beautiful girl with the name Estera. One day she went to the fair in Gheorgheni city. Here she met a handsome and strong lad. They fell in love immediately. The lad asked her to be his bride. But the wedding did not take place because the lad was taken to army. The girl waited for him. On the evenings, when she went for water to the river, she sang so saddly that even the mountains were touched.
Unfortunately she was seen and kidnapped by a thief who took her to Suhardul Mic, the rocks with a thousand faces, were he lived. He promissed to Estera gold and silver only to love him, but she did want nothing. The thief lost his patience and forced her to marry him. She has cried to the mountains, begging for help. The rocks responded by thunders. A big rain has started, wiping all in its way.
Under the rocks remained the girl and the thief. After that the water from the mountains gathered here forming the lake (Red Lake or The Killer).

Another legend says: On the meadow between the mountains was a sheepfold. The shepherds, seeing the coming of a storm, have tried to shelter, but the Killer Mountain crushed down and buried them together with the sheep.

Lacul Rosu (Red Lake) is a natural storage lake at 983 m altitude, near Bicaz Gorges, at approximately 26 km from Gheorgheni city (Harghita County).
After some abundant rains, a great quantity of rocks slided from the Northen side of the Killer Rock (Stanca Ucigasului), blocking the Bicajel river. The water accumulated and formed a natural storage lake.
Its unusual magic is amplified by stumps of drowned trees (almost 200 years ago there was a forest in this place) that can still be seen as obstacles for the boaters on warm days.
The name Lacul Rosu - Red Lake comes from the reddish alluvia deposited in the lake by its main tributary rivers but actually its colour varies from green to yellowish/brown tones.
The day I visited this place was after a very rainy period and there was a lot of alluvia transported to the lake, so its color became dark brown/reddish and I thought this time its name was indeed very appropriate.

Information compiled from:
http://www.ici.ro/romania/en/turism/c_lacurosu.html

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  • Copyright: Nicoleta Gm (nicol_g) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 315 W: 4 N: 182] (859)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2006-06-03
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/2.8
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  • Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2006-06-07 12:53
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