Lake Baikal

by Gaetano
Olkhon Island - Shamanka or Shaman’s Rock

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.

Lake Baikal - Landscape

Lake Baikal – Landscape

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.

Lake Baikal - Landscape

Lake Baikal – Landscape

But this was the only chance I had to visit this place, and I can’t regret anything.

Lake Baikal - Landscape

Lake Baikal – Landscape

After about 5 hours by car, we reached the ferry terminal, ready to go to Olkhon Island.

Lake Baikal - Landscape

Lake Baikal – Landscape

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.

Olkhon Island - Landscape

Olkhon Island – 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.

Olkhon Island - Landscape

Olkhon Island – Landscape

Unfortunately, we had rain the whole time until we reached the island. Then, suddenly the storm stopped, leaving only a big cloud over us.

Olkhon Island - Landscape

Olkhon Island – Landscape

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.

Olkhon Island - Landscape

Olkhon Island – Landscape

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.

Olkhon Island - Landscape

Olkhon Island – Landscape

The next day we had quite everything: rain, sun, clouds, wind.

Olkhon Island - Landscape

Olkhon Island – Landscape

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.

Olkhon Island - Landscape

Olkhon Island – Landscape

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.

Olkhon Island - Landscape

Olkhon Island – Landscape

Finally, we traveled back to Irkutsk in the evening.

Olkhon Island - Landscape

Olkhon Island – Landscape

 

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