Have you ever looked at some of the beautiful, amazing images that come installed on your computer’s desktops and wonder if they actually exist and if they do, whether they are that spectacular in real life?
Well if you’ve got the latest Mac OS X Mountain Lion installed then the chances are you’ve seen the incredible desktop image of the ‘Blue Pond’ and wondered just that. The water is almost an unnaturally bright hue of blue and the protruding trees give it an almost ethereal, enchanting appearance…maybe that’s where the LOTR’s Ents originated from!
In order to clear this up once and for all Rocket News24 went to the actual Blue Pond, which is located in Biei, Hokkaido to see if it was as picturesque in real life as it appeared on our Mac computers. Judging from these awesome photographs that they took, it appears as though it is!
As it happens, Blue Pond and the town of Biei has been a popular tourist destination for many years, everywhere you look picturesque landscapes appear before you – almost as if you are walking around in a postcard. Blue Pond was created by a dam that was built in 1989 to protect the area from mudflows from the nearby volcanic Mt Tokachi. So that explains why the trees are there in the middle of the water, but not the unnaturally bright hue of the water.
The Rocket News 24 team weren’t able to get to the bottom of that particular phenomena, although they did come up with a couple of theories. Some have suggested that it could be because of the minerals mixed up in the water from the River Biei that form a type of colloid, but this is not a definitive answer. According to the article, the color of Blue Pond changes depending on what angle you are looking at it from and even at different times of the day. Guess that will remain one of life’s little mysteries.
So there you have it, Mountain Lion’s Blue Pond is a real place and is just as spectacular in reality as it is in Apple land.
Many more photos can be seen at Rocket News24