Happy Valentine’s Day

In honor of Valentine’s Day, this week’s post features photos of naturally formed heart-shaped lakes. Strangely enough, many of them are located in mountainous regions of the world.

Lake Herzee

Heartlake "Herzsee" in the Region Montafon (Hochjoch) in Vorarlberg/Austria.
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By Bauken77 (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Heartlake “Herzsee” in the Region Montafon (Hochjoch) in Vorarlberg/Austria.
August 2005

 

This description of Lake Herzee is an excerpt from a tourism website called tyrol.tl:

The lake is particularly popular with hikers, as there are numerous hiking paths leading past Lake Herzsee, which is of course a popular resting place. This is where you can perfectly enjoy nature, sit back and relax and enjoy the surrounding mountains. For its main purpose, which is pisciculture, it attracts a large number of fishermen. The wide variety of fish species as well as the enorm[ous] prescence of fish makes Lake Herzsee a real paradise for fishermen. However, only members of the Association Fischerverein Tyrol are allowed to fish in this lake.

And if you’ve got a really good imagination, you might recognise the heart-like shape of the lake, as “Herz” in German means heart and this is probably where the name derives from.

Source: “Lake Herzee” — tyrol.tl

 

An article called “For Valentine’s Day, Five Heart-Shaped Lakes” by Daniel Kelly provides brief descriptions of the following four lakes. It was published in Lake Scientist, an online journal about lake science and research.

 

Heart Lake, Olympic National Park

Heart Lake, Olympic National Park, Washington
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By brewbooks from near Seattle, USA (Heart LakeUploaded by Hedwig in Washington) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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20 September 2003, 12:57
Source: Heart Lake

 

Located in the Seven Lakes Basin of Olympic National Park, Heart Lake is named for its distinctive shape. The basin is mostly barren, but surrounded by old-growth forest and alpine meadows. Though there are fish in other lakes in the basin, Heart Lake has none.

 

Lago di Tom

Lago di Tom with Lago Ritom in the background. Two lakes in the Piora Valley, Ticino, Switzerland
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By Tici23 (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Lago di Tom with Lago Ritom in the background. Two lakes in the Piora Valley, Ticino, Switzerland
14 September 2008

 

Sitting in Switzerland’s Piora Valley, which has a mild climate, Lago di Tom takes in high amounts of sunshine and warm temperatures. Much of its surroundings are considered part of the Alps, and are prone to fierce storms. The region is known to have the most lightning discharge in Europe.

 

Trnovacko Lake

Trnovacko Lake
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By NH53 (Trnovacko LakeUploaded by Smooth_O) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Trnovacko Lake
24 August 2009, 15:22
Source: Trnovacko Lake

 

This lake in Montenegro is surrounded by mountains and sits at an altitude of nearly 5,000 feet. It gets its water from the peaks. Trnovacko Lake is known for its shape, but also the deep blue-green color of its water.

 

Green Lake (Zemra Lake)

Green Lake captured from a mountain nearby.
Green Lake is such a heart!.jpg
By Elbunitkrasniqi (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Green Lake captured from a mountain nearby. [Kosovo]
21 August 2010, 12:54:05

 

Also known as Green Lake, this lake rests within a Kosovo mountain range, only a few hundred meters from the country’s border with Albania. Many smaller lakes are found in the region, but none have its shape.

 

  I hope you have a Happy Valentine’s Day! 🙂   

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