A few days ago I came across this artist: Nick Brandt . He's a photographer, and during his trip in Africa he found a truly astounding place: a natural lake that seemingly turns all sorts of animals into stone.
This lake is very particular, because the water flows-in but doesn't flow-out, so it can only escape by evaporation. For this reason, as water evaporates, it leaves behind high concentrations of salt and other minerals; furthermore for other chemical reasons, the pH of the water is nearly high as ammonia and this is something very strange and uncommon. Reading of this place, I came up with the film "The life of Pi", when Pi is trapped on the strange island with the pools of water that became acid. Amazing. I couldn't even imagine that a place like that exists for real!
Anyway, the particularity of this lake (apart from its chemical) are the animals that accidentally fall into it as I've said at the beginning. When the water recedes, the birds’ (or other animals) desiccated, chemically-preserved carcasses wash up along the coastline.
Nick has taken some of that desiccated animals and made a book of photos. He said:
" [...] the bodies themselves are exactly the way the birds were found. All I did was position them on the branches, feeding them through their stiff talons.”
The world is a really variegated and amazing place all to discover.
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