Theme: The Siberian Winter Attack - Part 7

Frosty morning at Store Blåkilde
One month ago, it was bitterly cold in Denmark and one freezing cold Sunday morning I headed out to photograph  Store Blåkilde (great blue spring) located near the forest of Rold. It is used to be acknowledged as the spring most abounding in water in this area, and one of the most active in Denmark. The amount of water gushing is measured to approx. 140 litres a sec. If you include several small springs located in the near surroundings the total out-flow amounts to 300 litres a sec.

Store Blåkilde is a typical pool-spring. The pool is oval and approx. 12 metres wide and 4-5 metres deep. The clean blue colour of Store Blåkilde, is due to the fact, that the bottom partly consists of chalk, and the reflection from the blue sky. It is probably the clear, blue water that has given the name to the spring. Another possibility is that the name origins the name "Blotkilde" referring to an old Dansih word for sacrifice (Spring of Sacrifice). During last century it was still a costum for the master of Willestrup Castle to throw silvercoins in the pool before hunts. The movements of the coins in the water was said to give omens about the outcome of the hunt. There might still be a treasure hidden in the spring.

- The spring is preserved and collecting of plants and animals are prohibited.

Store Blåkilde near the forest of Rold, Denmark - Photographed on Sunday February 5, 2012

Wide shots: (Nikon D700, Nikkor PC-E 24mm 3,5 ED, iso 200, tripod)

Image 5: (Nikon D700, Carl Zeiss ZF.2 50mm 2,0 T* Makro-Planar, iso 200, tripod)

Image 8,9,10: (Nikon D700, Carl Zeiss ZF.2 100mm 2,0 T* Makro-Planar, iso 200, handheld)

Image: 11,12,13,14,15: (Nikon D700, Nikkor AFS 300mm 2,8 VR ED, iso 200, tripod)

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