In the past two years, Western Australia’s Lake Hillier, Hutt Lagoon, and Mexico’s Las Coloradas Pink Lake have become famous and have enlivened the hearts of countless girls.
Lake Hillier, also known as Pink Lake, is one of the two largest pink lakes in Western Australia.
This magical lake is located in the northern part of Middle Island, the largest island in the Recherche Archipelago (Bay of Isles) on the southern coast of Western Australia. It covers an area of about 15 hectares and was discovered by British navigators in 1802.
Hillier Lake is a saltwater lake. When the salinity of the lake increases, the halophilic algae (such as Dunaliella salina) in the lake will multiply and produce β-carotene, making the lake water unique pink. The color of the lake is not always pink, but changes with salinity, showing different shades from light green to dark red.
Hillier Lake is located on the island and currently cannot be accessed directly. You can choose to take a helicopter from West Australian city of Esperance to Middle Island. The flight time is approximately 30 minutes.
The Hutt Lagoon in Western Australia is beautifully pink, like a shy bride. The lake is more salty than the average lake. This is mainly because of the abundant beta-carotene produced by the algae in the lake. (Beta Carotene) makes the lake salty and slightly bright pink.
The Heter Lagoon used to be the estuary of the 60 km (37 mi) long Hutt River, but in the prehistoric period, the Hutt River changed its course, and the previous estuary was isolated by sandbars. The charm of Heter Lagoon may be attributed to this “beach sunset” effect, in which case the sky is blue and the sea is pink, plus this upside-down scene gives people “days.” Under the illusion that the sea is on, it’s really amazing.
The area of the Heter Lagoon is approximately 2,500 hectares, and the Cognis company currently uses 450 hectares of extracted beta-carotene for further processing. The commercial part of the Heter Lagoon is usually darker pink or even red than the rest of the natural lagoon. The Hutt Lagoon is 14 kilometers long and 2 kilometers wide. This pink paradise is located on the coast of Western Australia and the Indian Ocean. Unlike other colorful rivers and lakes, the Heter lagoon displays a natural ruddy hue. Even if Corning manages the world’s largest algal farm, the farm uses only 18% of the surface area of the Heter Lagoon. Corning also farms salt brine shrimp, known as the sea monkey. Those that have not been freeze-dried become highly nutritious food for fish farms.
The tropical beach has always been very popular due to its pleasing contrast of colors and its relaxed, ambiguous atmosphere. Some of the most intriguing images of the beach depict the sunrise or sunset, and the rose-dawn sky is connected to the tranquil and beautiful blue ocean.
With the blockade of the main entrance, the Heter Lagoon was flooded with scarce rainfall, groundwater inwards, and refilled with several small streams. In hot, dry Western Australia, especially in February 1998, a record high temperature of 50.5°C (122.9°F) occurred, and the rare influx of water in the Herter Lagoon was balanced by the amount of water evaporated. Even in the rainy season of the year, the Heter Lagoon is very shallow, only about 1 meter deep.
Visiting the pink Heter Lagoon is an unusual journey. The nearest town is Gregory, and the original Gregory Harbour (until 1967) had only a few dozen residents. One might think that the Hutt Lagoon would be an ideal habitat for flamingos, like other high-salinity lakes in Asia, Africa, South America and the Caribbean Islands. However, Australia’s pink lake (Heter lagoon is the largest) does not have any higher animals.
On the south side of Gregory, you will find Geraldton Town, which is located 424 kilometers north of Perth, the capital city of Western Australia. Geraldton is a great place for adventure travelers. Its temptation and Gregory’s “Pink Lake” attract tourists from all directions. And here is the most accessible pink lake, which can be seen by car and helicopter. Because of seasonal reasons, the summer of Australia will turn into a white salt field.
The Las Caladas, a fishing village on the eastern coast of the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico, has a pink lagoon, because the lake has special salt minerals and a carotenoid plankton that gives the lake a superb pink view.
But there is also an unknown pink sky mirror that is hidden in this small African country!
In Walvis Bay, Namibia’s second-largest city, there is still a pink sky environment – that is, last year by the Russian Red Photographer @sergeysuxov, a instagram of Whale Bay Pink Salt Field!
Where is the pink salt field?
A technical question: How to find the pink salt field in the outskirts of Walvis Bay, Namibia?
From our staying at the Flamingo Villas Seaview Hotel in Whale Bay, drive about five minutes in the direction of Sandwich Bay and you will be in the area where salt is located. You can enter Salt Works navigation on Google Maps.
Many flamingos are inhabited along the dunes along the road and in the lagoon. Most of them are busy looking for food in the water. Occasionally, there are several vehicles approaching to fly.
If you are a tourist who is not familiar with Whale Bay, the entrance to the pink salt field is difficult to find without guidance.
The pink salt field is invisible on the road where normal vehicles are traveling. You need to park your car on the side of the road, climb to a truck lane higher than normal to see the salt field, and climb down a small slope to enter the salt field again.
The following figure, which stands on the side of the road, is particularly suitable as a sign for the entrance to the pink salt field, although it is strictly forbidden to enter “NO ENTRY”.
The normal vehicle is driven by the yellow dirt road to the right of the street sign. On the left side of the road sign is the black dirt road on the edge of the pink salt field. It is a large truck transport road carrying salt, which is higher than the yellow dirt road.
The saltworks on the outskirts of Walvis Bay has an area of about 3,500 hectares. It is divided into huge pieces of salt land by artificial means. Sunlight irradiates seawater to extract industrial salt. More than 95% of industrial salt in South Africa is produced and transported from here.
Swakopmund’s small aircraft aerial photography, flight Sandwich Bay route, from the air overlooking the colorful, different shades of pink salt field, particularly spectacular.
These pink salt fields are all in the private sector and normally visitors are not allowed.
Although the guides of Sandwich Bay pass through the saltworks, they often take visitors to the sights and take pictures. However, if the luck is not good, they are met by the managers of the saltworks (generally driving double-deck pickups as managers) and patrolling nearby activities. Can’t get off to take pictures.
Namibian people basically do not work on Sundays. There is no one in the empty saltworks.
Formation of pink salt field
So where does pink come from?
Like the famous Heter Lagoon in Australia, the pink in the whale bay salt field also comes from an Halobacterium organism (not bacteria). This organism will speed up the water’s absorption of heat from the sun, allowing the water to evaporate faster.
The main food of the flamingos Algae, a blue-green algae that has existed on Earth for 3.5 billion years, also contains the mysterious halophilic archaea Halobacterium. So the pink on the flamingos is also the result. The newly born flamingo baby is actually a gray and white color.
Interestingly, the distribution of flamingos and pink lakes is also geographically related, as shown below:
In the Whale Bay of Namibia, Las Coloradas, Mexico, the Pink Lake and the Flamingos are in the same area.
Pink Lake Shooting Tips
I found a salt field in the United States and the United States. How can we take good-looking photos? Two times to the whale-bay pink salt field, finally Get to the shooting key of the Sky Mirror:
※ The right time —— best for shooting in the morning and at noon. Backlight is very serious after 15:00 in the afternoon.
※ The weather – no wind, sunny best, even if there is a good effect on cloudy days, but it needs a little late to look good
The photo effect of Pink Lake is greatly affected by light and weather! ! ! (Knocking blackboard highlights)
Whale Bay’s pink salt field is shallow enough to barely reach the bottom of the shoe, so there is no fear of going in. In Mexico’s pink lake, the color of the lake is too dark to see the bottom. The locals are not allowed to enter the water, only on the shore. Take a picture.
If you want to capture the reflection of the mirror of the sky, you must go into the middle of the salt marsh and deepen your water.
The salt content in the water is very high. After waiting for more than 10 minutes, the water on the shoes will be covered with a dirty salt crystal on the edge of the sole.
If there is a wound on the foot, even if it is a small break, the water in the salt lake will be very painful. To do some protective measures in advance, for example, put a plastic wrap on the foot to make the skin not reach the salt water.
Namibia, this magical African country, has more than 1,500 kilometers of Atlantic coastline in addition to the beautiful pink salt field.