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(The discussion this morning between parbo and avene inspired me to post this shot.)

Lake Issyk-Köl, in Kyrgyzstan, fills a valley between two branches of the Tian Shan mountain range. It is at 1600 m (5300 feet), one of the largest mountain lakes in the world, and has no outlet, so it is slightly saline and never freezes. (That does not mean it's warm enough to swim in, at least not in late October!)

We were staying overnight by the lake on our way from Almaty to Bishkek; the lake is the long way around, but that was the point - to see the lake. We arrived after dark and left shortly after dawn, which kind of spoiled the point. But Jean and I did get up in time to see the sunrise (around 7:00 AM; the camera clock was set an hour early). The resort (still under construction) where they put us up had a collection of pavilions extending out from the lakeshore, which is where I stood to take this shot, looking toward the eastern end.

During Soviet days the lake was off-limits to foreigners, because it was used as a submarine and torpedo testing area. This led to the odd sight of Soviet naval officers and sailors walking around in uniform a couple of thousand kilometers from the nearest ocean.

Technical note: I shot this at EV -1; always underexpose a sunrise or sunset.

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