Situated north of the Cap Vert Peninsula in Senegal, northeast of Dakar, Lake Retba, or as the French refer to it Lac Rose, is pinker than any milkshake you’ve ever come face to straw with.
And once you see it, you too will agree that a sippy straw may be in order over a boat.
Experts say the lake gives off its pink hue due to cyanobacteria, a harmless halophilic bacteria found in the water.
If the color weren’t enough to make you smile, it should be known that Lake Retba has a high salt content, much like that of the Dead Sea, allowing people to float effortlessly in the massive pink water. In fact, Lake Retba has an almost one and a half times higher salt content than the Dead Sea.
Rosa, b. 1929, Saumlaki, Tanimbar, South Moluccas. During the war, Rosa deliberately had gotten pregnant because her friend wanted to marry her rather than the girl arranged for him. The village chief, who had arranged the marriage partner for Rosa’s friend, sent Rosa to a Japanese brothel in the city. There she was forced into prostitution while she already was several months pregnant. At the end of her pregnancy, she returned to her village, where the baby died soon after birth. Her friend blew off his arranged marriage and married her after all. That saved her honor. After the war, the village kept quiet about the whole affair. “That is our secret. They felt compassion for me because they knew I had been forced. We never told the children anything - I am too ashamed for that. Even though there’s nothing I could do about it.”
When marine biologist Roger Hanlon captured the first scene in this video he started screaming. Hanlon, senior scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, studies camouflage in cephalopods—squid, cuttlefish and octopus. They are masters of optical illusion. These are some of Hanlon’s top video picks of sea creatures going in and out of hiding.
“It’s been called the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history, and rightfully so, if for no other reason than because, one year later, the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is like the nightmare gift that keeps on giving, some experts are saying.”
Kris Martin 100 Years 2004 mixed media Ø 20 cm / Ø 7 3/4 in
The sculpture “100 Years” is a golden steelball, which will explode and destroy itself in exactly onehundred years activated by a mecanism inside. Insecurity, beauty, destruction and time characterize the works of Kris Martin.