#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.

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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

Lebawit Lily Girma

Lebawit Lily Girma has contributed writing and photography to CNN Travel, New York Magazine, AFAR, American Way, Travel Channel, BBC Travel, and others. She’s the new author of MOON BELIZE for Moon Travel Guides, and is completing a second title, MOON BELIZE CAYES. A serial expat, Lily’s lived and studied on three continents, including Africa–from her native Ethiopia to Côte d'Ivoire––and Europe, and is fluent in four languages. A former attorney who ditched the office for the road in 2009, she favors all things culture, adventure and storytelling, and escapes Washington DC’s winters every year. Lily also runs her award-winning travel and photography blog, Sunshine and Stilettos.

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