#FriFotos: Glorious Lakes

A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is earth’s eye, looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.  ~ H. D. Thoreau


Sunrise on Taiwan's SUN MOON LAKE on a humid morning. Up early to enjoy the trails and take some shots, I thought I was the only one around until I heard light echoes. I looked over the railing and saw a couple of fishermen who were working and chatting.

LAKE SHALLA in the Great Rift Valley of Ethiopia is absolutely breathtaking. In fact, I have yet to see more amazing lakes than in Ethiopia (no bias, of course!) This shot dates back to 2001, way before I knew about SLRs. I guess I loved travel photography even back then. I'm looking forward to returning to this lake (and Ethiopia) with my gear.


Grenada's GRAND ETANG LAKE in the Grand Etang National Park makes for a perfect place to cool off in the afternoon. The park has hiking trails that are popular among locals and tourists. A ten-minute walk uphill takes you to the more touristy side, where you can feed monkeys, tour a museum or buy spices.


LAKE ABBIATTA in Ethiopia is another stunner, also in the Great Rift Valley. Bring your telephoto lens to capture the flamingoes (see below - Ethiopia by the way, is a bird-watcher's paradise with more than 900 species). Also taken in 2001, in my pre-professional photography days.

Lake Abiatta's flamingoes - Ethiopia

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Lebawit Lily Girma

Lebawit Lily Girma is an award-winning, Ethiopian-American travel writer, photographer and author of several Caribbean guidebooks for Moon Travel Guides, including Moon Belize, Moon Belize Cayes, and Moon Dominican Republic (October 2016). Her work focuses on Caribbean culture and adventure, and has been published in AFAR, CNN Travel, BBC, Delta Sky, The Guardian, Sunday Times Travel Magazine, and Every Day With Rachael Ray, among many others. Lily is also the 2016 recipient of the Marcia Vickery Wallace Award for Excellence in Travel Journalism for her Caribbean coverage, from the Caribbean Tourism Organization. Lily calls herself a “culture-holic”–she speaks four languages fluently and has lived in Cote d’Ivoire, England, Jamaica, Belize, the Dominican Republic and traveled to some 30+ countries around the world. Last but not least, she is a former corporate attorney who ditched her Washington DC office for the road in 2009 to pursue her dream of becoming a storyteller. Lily holds a Bachelor of Arts in French and Spanish (summa cum laude) from the University of Maryland at College Park, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law.

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