A stunning set of photographs show the amazing sunken forest rising out of a 400-metre long crystal clear mountain lake in Kazakhstan.
Lake Kaindy, located in the Tian Shan Mountains some 130km from the city of Almaty, was created after an earthquake in 1911 that triggered a huge landslide blocked the gorge, forming a natural dam.
Eventually, rainwater filled the valley and created the lake, which has become famous for its scenic beauty and in particular the submerged forest and the imposing trunks of spruce trees that rise out of the lake water.
Above water, the sunken trees have been compared to large masts from lost ghost ships and the spears of a mysterious army hiding and waiting for the right time to emerge.
The trees can be seen growing underwater, unscathed from the huge earthquake in 1911 which created the unique lake
One of the trees, pictured here in the centre, can be seen rising from the base of the lake and piercing the water’s surface