照亮你忧郁的心 Shine a light into your blues
Lake Pehoé, Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
Turquoise waters surrounded by jagged peaks and lush forests—that's Lake Pehoé for you. Nestled in Torres del Paine National Park, Chile, this glacial lake reflects the towering peaks of the Cuernos del Paine, pictured here bathed in the sun's rays. The lake gets its color from finely ground rock particles and minerals, known as glacial flour, suspended in the water. The word 'paine,' pronounced pie-neh, in the park’s name is believed to have its roots in a Tehuelche word meaning 'blue' while 'torres' means towers. The park is named after three striking granite peaks that reach up to 8,200 feet above sea level but boasts many other spectacular mountains. At 700 square miles, Torres del Paine is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve with a huge amount to offer visitors, from hiking and kayaking to stargazing. So, pack your sense of adventure and head south to beat the blues.
自内而外的光彩 Glowing from within
Discovery Day in Yukon, Canada
It's Discovery Day in Yukon, Canada, a day to commemorate the 1896 discovery of gold at Bonanza Creek. The event set off the Klondike Gold Rush, which attracted thousands of prospectors to the region in search of gold, leading to significant economic and social changes. The population increase led to Yukon separating from the Northwest Territories and the formation of Yukon Territory in 1898.
Discovery Day celebrates Yukon's rich heritage, history, and natural resources—like Emerald Lake, seen in today's image, known for its deep green hues. You'll find it on the Klondike Highway, which roughly follows the route used by the prospectors more than a century ago. It is also a day to honor the spirit of adventure exhibited during the gold rush. Government offices, schools, and many businesses close to allow people to participate in the festivities, including parades, historical reenactments, gold panning competitions, and concerts.
一面反映大自然之美的镜子 A mirror reflecting nature's beauty
Kagami-ike, Nagano, Japan
This serene Japanese landscape is reflected in the still waters of an artificial reservoir known as Kagami-ike, meaning ‘mirror pond.' Surrounded by lush greenery and the Togakushi Mountain Range in Nagano Prefecture, Kagami-ike emerges from the morning mists to create an enchanting spectacle. During the cherry blossom season, visitors walk among sakura petals that float along the breeze while, in autumn, they can enjoy its surrounding orange and yellow foliage. This secluded spot is a wonderfully peaceful place for mindful meditation and self-reflection.
粉红色，很好看 Pretty in pink
Laguna de Torrevieja, Spain
When we encounter bodies of water in nature, we might expect hues of blue, from the pale cyan shade of lagoons to the navy blue of deep lakes. But pink water—where on Earth could that be found? At (deep breath) El Parque Natural de Las Lagunas de La Mata y Torrevieja in Alicante, Spain. Here, there are two lakes: one green and one pink, and it is the latter that you see on our homepage. The highly saline water, dotted with clusters of salt crystals, is the perfect environment for microscopic algae, which are rich in carotenes. This results in the rosy tinge that protects the algae from solar radiation. And the pink is just getting started, as the algae are eaten by tiny crustaceans, which turn pink and are then eaten by flamingos, which acquire the rosy hue as well.
蓝湖和险峰 Bright blue lakes and rugged mountains
Jöriseen lakes in the Silvretta Alps, Switzerland
Today we're exploring a place of otherworldly beauty: the Jöriseen, a group of alpine lakes near Davos, Switzerland. On sunny days, the lakes glow an ethereal blue, contrasting with the dark, jagged Silvretta Alps that encircle them. The sunlight is reflected in the water by 'rock flour'—silt-sized rock particles generated from the grinding of bedrock by glaciers.
The Silvretta Alps sit across the Swiss-Austrian border and are themselves surrounded by glaciers in an area known as the 'Blue Silvretta.' If you want to enjoy these stunning views up close, you'll have to work for it. Bring your best hiking boots, plenty of water, and some strong legs.
蜿蜒曲折的人工湖泊，鲍威尔湖 Man-made, meandering Lake Powell
World Water Day
Lake Powell is a man-made reservoir on the Colorado River, stretching across the Utah and Nevada border. It was formed in the 1960s after the US built the Glen Canyon Dam. Though the dam creates power through hydroelectricity, it also causes water loss due to evaporation from the broader surface area of the lake. When the drought took hold around 2000, the lake's water levels began to plummet, and in 2005 it lost nearly half of its volume compared to 1999. It's important to consider our dependence on freshwater, which is why the United Nations created World Water Day in 1993. Through education and activism, they aim to create better water practices on governmental and individual levels. As our global population increases, it's crucial that we all do our part to conserve our freshwater and keep it clean.
大自然的画作 Nature's own canvas
Negratín Reservoir, Granada, Spain
Step into a world of beauty and serenity with one of the largest freshwater lakes in Andalusia, Spain. The Negratín Reservoir is a nature lover's paradise, created by the Negratín Dam on the Guadiana Menor River and located in the heart of the Granada Geopark. There is a sailing club by the lake, and a variety of aquatic activities make it a popular destination for people looking to relax and unwind in the lap of nature. With imposing cliffs, gullies, and a rugged desert setting all around, the area's landscape is simply breathtaking no matter the time of year.
当冰块变成了艺术 When ice imitates art
Lake Peipus, Estonia
Lake Peipus, the fifth-largest lake in Europe, dates back hundreds of millions of years to the Paleozoic Era and is known for its sand dunes, which can 'sing' when the wind blows just right. In the winter the frozen lake surface may feature ice hummocks, as seen in this image. The hummocks are caused by slow, uneven pressure in the ice pack.
英格兰湖区的Black Fell Black Fell, Lake District, England (© Daniel Kay/Shutterstock)
“群山拥有抚慰和治愈的力量” 'The hills have a power to soothe and heal...'
Black Fell in England's Lake District
Today's lovely landscape requires a slight bit of explanation. We're at Black Fell, which can be found in the Lake District of England. The term 'fell' originates from the Old Norse term for mountain, but it mostly applies to high, barren areas and, in the Lake District specifically, the area was usually uncultivated and used for grazing. Black Fell, which is a little over 1000 feet high, has some acclaim having been mentioned in Alfred Wainwright's 'Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells' as a prime viewing area. No matter which direction you gaze, you're sure to see something wonderful.