Located on North Saskatchewan River in Western Alberta, Canada, is the famous Abraham Lake. This artificial lake was constructed in 1972 with the construction of the Bighorn Dam. The lake was named after Silas Abraham, an inhabitant of the Saskatchewan River in the 19th century. What makes the lake so popular is that it is home to a rare phenomenon where air bubbles get frozen right underneath its surface, making for spectacular artistic displays. They are often referred to as ice bubbles or frozen bubbles. Many photographers and curious onlookers flock to the lake to witness the amazing effects.
Photographer Fikret Onal explains the phenomenon: “ The plants on the lake bed release methane gas and methane gets frozen once coming close enough to much colder lake surface ad they keep stacking up below once the weather gets colder and colder during the winter season.”
He further mentions, “ Even though I’ve walked on a frozen lake before on every occasion, the frozen Abraham Lake made me feel completely uneasy since the lake was not covered with snow (it was too cold to snow, below -30 Celsius with wind chill). Eve though the icy surface was around 8-9 inches thick, it still scared the hell out of me not only because of the fact that I can see all the cracks in all directions everywhere ad to see the darkness of the lake bottom through the glassy surface, also the deep boomy, underwater and cracking sounds coming from underneath of the lake surface…”
Scary truly, if the ice does break and you fall in, you may not survive the hypothermia. It is applaudable what some people do to be able to present us with a visual art form worth experiencing.
Well, here are some of the pictures Fikret braved the lake to show us the amazing frozen air bubble art: