“This pond named ‘God’s Hand’ is found in Buchwa, Mberengwa District, Midlands province,” a typical caption reads.
‘Kadykovsky’ quarry in Balaklava
“Sunrise over heart shaped blue quarry lake,” its caption reads. “Fluxing limestone Kadykovsky quarry, Balaklava, Crimea. One of the lowest points of Crimea is in Sevastopo.” The photo was taken in April 2020 and is credited to Mykola Grabchuk.
The photo of the quarry lake was taken from an angle that made it appear heart-shaped. Viewed from above, on Google Maps, its shape is less meaningful. Other photos of the lake, found on Shutterstock, bear this out.
The photo shows a quarry lake in Crimea, not “God’s Hand pond” in Zimbabwe.
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