Photographer's Note

Picture taken during visiting Biržai Regional Park. The area is spotted with over 2000 sinkholes, which form suddenly when the land's high gypsum content is dissolved by underground water. Some of these holes are dry, while others have become small ponds or lakes filled with water from the many underground rivers and streams. Many sinkholes are large enough to swallow a house, and new holes appear every year.

One of the more famous sinkholes in the area is named "Karvės Ola", or "Hole of the Cow". The story is that one morning, a farmer woke up to find his cow missing. The cow was swallowed up by this now famous sinkhole. At the bottom of the hole is a small, dark passage leading to an underground cavern, which is about 46 meters long, and a small, underground lake that's a meter and a half deep. The passage is mostly blocked now due to erosion of the surrounding sinkhole and is no longer accessible, but the site remains a tourist attraction and a draw for visitors to the area.

Kelias, nufotografuota netoli Lapes olos tarp Karajimiškio ir Mantagailiškio kaimu.

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