People can't stop obsessing over this disappearing lake

Nestled deep in the mountains of southern Tasmania in Australia, the Disappearing Tarn is sought after by photographers and intrepid hikers.

As the name suggests, the tarn isn't always there, but recent heavy rainfall in the region has given it new life.

"There really was only one place to go for a walk when the weekend rolled around," Spencer wrote in a blog post. 

Photographer and blogger James Spencer visited the spot on Saturday, which is only accessible by a 6.5 kilometre (4.04 mile) hike up the mountain.

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Appearances can be deceiving. Disappearing Tarn when it’s appearing can be deceiving because it’s not disappearing. Deceitful Tarn... . . . Shoutout to my mate Andrew for getting me along for this amazing hike. One of the best walks I’ve ever done and some amazing colours along the way, even before you reach this magical aqua puddle.
Disappearing Tarn. I don’t often talk seriously in captions but I feel like this place needs proper recognition. The Tarn is created naturally from the blood of a thousand smurfs. Not mineral compositions from rock lichen playing with light wavelengths. Smurfs only come out after heavy rain or snowfall because they’re blue and stupid, and have the lifespan of a common moth. I found some there, and gave them a proper burial by pouring blue Powerade Blue to give props to the fallen. Respect 💙✊🏼
The stunning and mystical Disappearing Tarn located on the edge of the Potato Fields on Mt Wellington/Kunanyi Tasmania. It doesn’t hang around long after the rains so you’ve gotta be quick. Photo by @jenswandering #tasmania #discovertasmania #hobartandbeyond #mystical #disappearingtarn #tarns #aqua #tassiepics #instatassie #seetasmania #australia #bushwalking #canon #kunanyi #tassiegram #mtwellington #mothernaturesbeauty #natureisamazing
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"We reached the fabled tarn and were excited to see how high it was. Certainly a LOT higher than in the photos from the original blog post I wrote two years ago."

While the adventure is perhaps part of the appeal, the crystal clear, aqua blue waters of the tarn are also quite the sight.

A tarn is a lake or pool that's formed when a cirque on a mountain is filled with water from run-off or a glacier. It's unclear how this one exactly occurs, but happens in heavy rainfall, and is generally associated with more easterly weather and east coast lows, according to the ABC.

"I've never been there, I've never seen it, I've just heard people talk about it in bushwalking terms that there is this lake you can visit at certain times after heavy rain," Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Matthew Thomas told the news outlet.

"I would assume that it's possibly something to do with the fact there's a slight depression that fills up with water when there's large amounts of rainfall up there."

 

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