Photographer's Note

The Blue Pond was features in the famous WallPaper for Apple Inc. by Kent Shiraishi - captured by Japanese photographer Kent Shiraishi.

The pond, located on the left bank of River Bieigawa near the town of Biei in Hokkaido Island, Japan, wasn’t very well known until Apple decided to make it a part of their latest operating system.

Interestingly, the Blue Pond is not a natural formation. The artificial pond was created when a dam was built to protect the area from mud flows due to its proximity to a volcano on Mt. Tokachi. All the water blocked by this dam gets collected in a depression in the forest, creating the pond.

It’s not just the striking blue that sets the pond apart, but also the barren tree stumps that protrude from the surface of the water. Also, the color of the pond hardly remains constant. It keeps varying based on the season, and the viewing angle. Under certain light and angle, the pond appears to be a lovely green at times. With no real scientific explanation, this unusual phenomenon is sometimes explained by locals as being related to a high concentration of aluminum hydroxide in the water, a mineral known to reflect the shorter wavelength blue light, just like the earth’s atmosphere does. The water itself, obviously, is colorless.

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Photo Information
  • Copyright: May Mah (mayjayne) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 376 W: 23 N: 1119] (7204)
  • Genre: Luoghi
  • Medium: Colore
  • Date Taken: 2016-06-27
  • Categories: Natura
  • Esposizione: 1/21 secondi
  • Versione Foto: Versione Originale
  • Date Submitted: 2016-06-27 8:02
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