A diamond-dust day at the Smrk mountain 1 (Jizera mountains, Czech Republic) by Lenka


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A diamond-dust day at the Smrk mountain 1 (Jizera mountains, Czech Republic) by 

Top Ten in the April Avatar challenge of the Your Country’s Best group.
Top Ten in The Season of Winter challenge of the Cee’s Fun Artsy Friends Group (now ART AND PHOTOGRAPHY SHOWCASE group).

Featured in The Great Outdoors group, March 2011.

Smrk (the Czech name means ‘spruce’ in English) with its 1124m is the highest mountain of the Jizera mountains in the Czech Republic. For us, a perfect snowshoe tour!

The whole day up the mountain in the snow, we could observe amazingly beautiful natural phenomenon I will remember forever: all the air around us was sparkling in all colours of rainbow! You may see it as very bright particles throughout this photograph.

In the evening, a local guide told us it is called diamond dust, and that it only happens very rarely, maybe just once in several years (unless you’re in Antarctica or somewhere close to, see the Wikipedia link).

February 2003. Jizerske hory (Jizera mountains), Czech Republic. Canon EOS 500N, Sigma 28-135. Post-processing: noise reduction, sharpening, vignette reduction.

Lenka tries to capture positive emotions. Her work features images highlighting inner and outer beauty of various subjects. She loves finding unique and unexpected perspectives of subjects normally considered as ordinary.

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