Saturday, October 5, 2013

Deadly Lake Turns Animals Into Ghostly 'Statues'

This is a little off the entertainment path , my kids say post it daddy , Witchy is not here  so what the hell (smiling).
Approaching the shoreline of Lake Natron in Tanzania, photography Nick Brandt faced at eerie sight: There, lying on the earth as still and stiff as statues, were calcified corpses of a variety of birds and bats that had met their untimely demise after crashing into the deadly waters.

"No one knows for certain exactly how [these animals] die, but it appears that the extreme reflective nature of the lake’s surface confuses them, causing them to crash into the lake," Brandt writes in his new photo book Across the Ravaged Land. "The water has an extremely high soda and salt content, so high that it would strip the ink off my Kodak film boxes within a few seconds. The soda and salt causes the creatures to calcify, perfectly preserved, as they dry."

Story continues below after each picture :

Calcified fish eagle.
Other than serving as a breeding area for the endangered Lesser Flamingo and as a home to certain kinds of algae and bacteria, Lake Natron is inhospitable to life.

Blood-red from the bacteria that live in it, the salt lake is steaming hot, with temperatures that can reach up to 250 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the New Scientist.
Calcified dove.
"Discovering [these animals] washed up along the shoreline of Lake Natron, I thought they were extraordinary -- every last tiny detail perfectly preserved down to the tip of a bat's tongue, the minute hairs on his face. The entire fish eagle was the most surprising and revelatory find," Brandt, who photographed these calcified animals in 2010 and 2012, told The Huffington Post in an email Wednesday.

The creatures, he said, were "rock hard" from the calcification.

"There was never any possibility of bending a wing or turning a head to make a better pose -- they were like rock," he said, "so we took them and placed them on branches and rocks just as we found them, always with a view to imagining it as a portrait in death."

                                   Calcified flamingo.
Calcified bat.
"The notion of portraits of dead animals in the place where they once lived, placed in positions as if alive again in death, was just too compelling to ignore," Brandt said of his decision to photograph the animals. "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. Re-animated, alive again in death."
                                         Calcified songbird.
Calcified swallow.
These stunning shots and other photographs can be found in Nick Brandt's new book, Across the Ravaged Land. The title is the "third and final volume in Brandt's trilogy of books documenting the disappearing natural world and animals of East Africa," according to the photographer's website.

Eerie , sadly beautiful.
Time for all the politicians to jump in for a swim

The lake is nature's fossil-record-keeper for that region. Future scientists will be glad for it.

When Witchy says Mr. Humble that is not Hollyweird entertainment , I will say Baby the kids made me do it (smiling)


  1. Hi . Mr. Humble,

    The Cubs said they are going to present them to their Science Club.

    They informed me if I wanted to read the book , I was most welcome to borrow theirs , do they have one and the answer was no, daddy ordered one from Amazon.

    Let the Cubs show the 'Baby' the post .

    You are so right , eerie but yet beautiful , thanks for sharing :).

  2. Hello my favorite 'Niece,'

    Thank you ever so kindly for the nice comment .

    I ordered three , one for Jonny , one for Chris and an extra , so I'm guessing that one is for you .

    If you see me sprinting across the grounds , please open your door (smiling)

    Thank you