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The Lake of Disillusionment and Flies | by Ryan Thomas Snider
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The Lake of Disillusionment and Flies

Pentax K100D Super, SMC DA 18-55mm, 720nm IR filter


Before setting out on a hiking excursion, a friend and I agreed that a lake shrouded in enough mystery to earn the name of Lost Lake must be a beautiful oasis hidden in the midst of an Oklahoma forest, so we set our course for Lost Lake. After several hours of hiking up and down the mountains of Robbers Cave State Park in the heat of an Oklahoma summer, we finally reached Lost Lake. However, the lake wasn't the flourishing oasis we had imagined; instead, it was more of a stagnant pond of water turned jet-black from rotting debris surrounded by hordes of frenzied flies. And that is how Lost Lake came to be known as the Lake of Disillusionment and Flies.

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Taken on June 18, 2009