Lake Baikal is over 600 km long and contains about 20% of the freshwater of our planet. You find here more information about Lake Baikal and some of these pictures but with a brighter and colorful edit.
I have been here for a two-day guided tour during my Trans-Siberian Railway journey, and sometimes I missed, therefore, the best time of the day to take pictures, because I had a tight schedule to follow.
Moreover, I took a lot of these shots freehand without a tripod, because we didn’t have enough time to choose a composition, set up the equipment, etc.
But this was the only chance I had to visit this place, and I can’t regret anything.
After about 5 hours by car, we reached the ferry terminal, ready to go to Olkhon Island.
I was surprised to see that there are no roads there, only furrows in the sand. Anyway, the island is marvelous, with a colorful and mixed landscape.
The lake and its surroundings have their own climate. Such a tremendous amount of water can, in fact, hard condition the winds, the air, the humidity, etc.
Unfortunately, we had rain the whole time until we reached the island. Then, suddenly the storm stopped, leaving only a big cloud over us.
As you can see from the pictures below, there was such a diffused light that I was not able to manage while taking pictures.
As typical in diffused light conditions: there were absolutely no shadows.
These were certainly rare weather conditions, I’m, therefore, happy to have been there at that moment even if I probably missed one of the most incredible sunsets of my life.
The next day we had quite everything: rain, sun, clouds, wind.
We’ve been the whole day outside exploring the island, which has an incredible mix of different landscapes: from desert to forest, from rocks to green fields.
Since we were moving pretty quickly with our guide, I tried to shoot everything I could without a plan, to have at least some records of this fabulous place.
Finally, we traveled back to Irkutsk in the evening.