• Aperture: ƒ/7.1
  • Camera: NIKON D3S
  • Taken: 14 November, 2012 15:28
  • Focal length: 700mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Shutter speed: 1/3200 s

If you ever wondered why many of the Flamingo species are red or pink, look no further!

This is the reddest lagoon I’ve ever seen, an eating from it will certainly taint you red in some way or other – just like eating lots of carrots!

This mesmerizing red is from sediments and algae and the white in the background is the mineral borax (Sodium tetraborate decahydrate), which creates the illusion of icebergs.

The water level is by no means stable, and at the time I visited it was apparent that the water level was quite low, as the beach was wide, and the old nests were 20-30 metres away from the water. They allways build their nest surrounded by water for protection from predators, and here it seems much rain is needed to reach the old nesting site.

I was told that two years ago around 2 metres of snow fell almost overnight, and some tourists were locked in for days until the sun come out and melted enough for the cars to make their way back to the nearest city and their way back home. This temporarily replenished the many springs and lagoon, but the erratic weather patters means that it could be several years between sufficient rain or snow.

Altitude: 4297.