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Pink Lake…

by on May.22, 2016, under Life, Photography

Heading further south we were on our way towards Port Gregory on the coast and it’s famous pink lake.

Port Gregory lies near the mouth of the Hutt River on Western Australia’s Coral Coast. This picturesque fishing village is encircled by five kilometres of exposed coral reef. However it was the lake (Hutt Lagoon) which draws us here. Like many of its kind in Western Australia, its hue is created by bacteria, which becomes trapped in the salt granules.

Frosty Pink

Frosty Pink

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 190 mm, 1/200 sec at f/11, ISO 400

My daughter and I knew beforehand that we’d be seeing a “pink lake” but I don’t think we quite fathomed just how large a body of water it would be (it took quite some time to drive around and back up to Port Gregory) and just how colourful it was going to be.

Interestingly my parents said it wasn’t very pink this time around. They reckon they’ve seen the colour much stronger on previous trips. Perhaps it was the time of year or the weather, who knows. Looked pretty damn good to my daughter and I :).

The Pink Lake

The Pink Lake

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 68 mm, 1/80 sec at f/10, ISO 125

Hutt Lagoon boasts a pink hue created by presence of carotenoid-producing algae Dunaliella salina, a source of ß-carotene, a food-colouring agent and source of vitamin A.



NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 105 mm, 1/125 sec at f/10, ISO 220

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