For half of the year, Tragöß, Austria has a very normal park. In a valley of the Alps, the picturesque park features meadows, trees, stone paths, benches, and a bridge. As beautiful as it is then, it becomes something very special every spring. As snow and ice melt, the runoff from the mountains floods Grüner See (Green Lake). While the lake is only a one or two meters deep in the winter, it reaches depths of eleven meters (33 feet) and leaves the entire park underwater from May through the end of July.
This has become a favorite spot for divers, as the bench, bridge, and trees enjoyed by hikers during the winter are completely submerged in a surreal aquatic environment. The water is very clear with excellent visibility, making a great destination for divers who aren’t put off by the temperature of the water. Things get quite brisk at 4-8 degrees Celsius (39-46 degrees Fahrenheit)!
Take a look at how the landscape changes over the course of the year and how it looks to explore the park during the summer:
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This child is amazingly talented. She is 11 years old! I am completely jealous, envious and in awe. I hope that she continues to have opportunities to study under different choreographers and is not just stuck in competitions. Given the freedom, she will be an unstoppable force.
Choreographer: Ryan Heffington
Dancer: Maddie Ziegler
“I like the whole dance. It was really different and weird for me, because I usually don’t, you know, be a crazy person every time. It was so fun to do and it was really out of the box and it expanded me a lot, because I’m used to competition dances where you’re like, Point your legs! But this time it was like, you just need to let go and feel it.”
Fonte Fria, Buçaco forest, Portugal
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