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Blue Pond (Aoiike)
Photographer: Rebecca Li
Location: Shirogane, Hokkaido, Japan
Story: 
The Blue Pond is a relatively new attraction in the Shirogane Onsen area, discovered during the building of an erosion control system, and the water color is said to have come from the accumulation of natural minerals from the hot springs. It is unclear why the trees in the pond are dead. The picture is taken early summer, but the area is beautiful year-round (when snow is not blocking access)
Digital Alterations: 
color, brightness, contrast, sharpness
Camera Information: Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens
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