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
Above cover image: 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.[/caption]
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.