The Milkshake Lake

This is Hutt Lagoon in Western Australia. An extrodonary expanse of water coloured pink due to an exceptional set of circumstances occurring in very few places in the world. For you scientists out there, once lake water reaches a salinity level greater than that of sea water, the temperature is high enough and adequate light conditions are provided, the algae within the lake begin to accumulate a red pigment. For the rest of us, that means it is as pink as a milkshake!!!!

There are little words that can sum up the experience of seeing this lake in person, and once we got the images back from the drone we were even more astounded. As you scroll further down the page you will see a lake go from extremely unusual to outright bizarre! We will start with the 'fairly' normal!

As the day went on the clouds came in and bought us some remarkable imagery. We were staring at the photos on the laptop once we had finished and thinking they were out of focus or the camera was suffering a hangover from its visit into the rocks!, however what you are looking at are the reflections of the clouds above, glistening on the pink surface.

Once we pointed the camera from the drone directly down towards the ground, we couldn't believe what we seeing and this was the inspiration along with a few other images we have collected for our new sideline project Abstract Aerial Art. From the images you are about to see you can understand the name of the new venture and realise why we were so amazed at what we were looking at. From some angles the lake even looks blood red as the light changes.

If you haven't already, check us out on Instagram @abstractaerialart.

Oh, and as a result of all of this, our drone is now called Pablo!

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The final images below show the pink lake at ground level, a little tame compared to the photos above, however still just as striking and strange!

Finally, for those of you who are thinking these are clearly photoshopped, here are two snaps directly from the iPhone to prove the lake really is as mad as it looks!

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