Near village of Radozda, Ohrid lake
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batalay (40381) 2007-12-12 15:02
I am very impressed by this photograph. The vivid colors, good composition, the human element, the attractive young lady... But to me the most important aspect is that it is Lake Ohrid, which I've always wanted to see, and indeed see for two reasons. Geologically speaking, six million years ago, the Straits of Gibraltar closed up from the drifting together of two continental plates (Europe and Africa). The entire Mediterranean dried up because it is a hydrologically deficit sea (not enough rivers flow into it). Only Lake Ohrid and the Black Sea remained wet, because three substantial rivers flow into it. But it became a fresh water lake. A million years later (five million years ago) the Straits of Gibraltar opened up again, and filled the Mediterranean. But only 7500 years ago did the Mediterranean break through where Istanbul sits now, and fill up the Black Sea basin, which held only a small fresh water lake.
The far more important reason for me is that my father was born in Ohrid, when it was still part of the Ottoman Empire (in 1912). His father was a young major in the Turkish Army. Take a look at my Intro page and website, if you get a chance.
In any event, welcome to Trekearth, and you've brought a lovely photograph as your debut photo.
Warm regards from Virginia, USA.