A Lake in Tanzania That Turns Animals to Stone


Have you seen this? A lake in Tanzania that turns animals to stone.  I found the artist, Nick Brandt's process to be really interesting:  

I took these creatures as I found them on the shoreline, and then placed them in ‘living’ positions, bringing them back to ‘life’, as it were. Reanimated, alive again in death. " 

Turns out that Lake Natron is also the breeding grounds of three quarters of the world's Lesser Flamingo.  The lake's isolation and the toxicity of the water make it the perfect place to hide from predators. The flamingos flock there seasonally when salt sediments accumulate forming islands they can safely nest on.  The water's alkalinity is also what preserves the perished animals above like gargoyles, calcifying them into eternity. 


image via gizmodo and whenonearth