Lake Retba / Lac Rose (Pink Lake)



People who know me well would know how much of a pink freakkk that I am! I love all things PINK. ^_^

Since my younger days, I had been dreaming and fantasizing to own every thing pink in this world. Now that I've grown up, I realize to own every thing is impossible, but to own things in pink it's possible. Even if I wanted the whole house filled with pink items, that's achievable. I just need to work for it! ;D


PINK WALLS, PINK CEILING, PINK FLOORING, PINK TILES, PINK CARPETS, PINK BOOKS, PINK LIGHTING, PINK LAMP, PINK FAN, PINK DOORS, PINK WINDOWS, PINK BED, PINK WARDROBE, PINK FRIDGE, PINK KITCHEN ACCESSORIES, PINK TABLES, PINK CHAIRS, PINK TOILET, PINK CAR, PINK GARDEN WTF.


Well, don't you even dare to say that any of the above is impossible, because even a pink lake exists in this world!!!


And I first came to know the existence of a pink lake via Amazing Facts on Facebook .




This PINK LAKE, also known as Lake Retba lies north of the Cap Vert peninsula of Senegal, north east of Dakar. It is so named for its pink waters, caused by Dunaliella salina (cyanobacteria) in the water, which it's color is particularly visible during the dry season. Lake Retba has a high salt content, much like that of the Dead Sea, allowing people to float effortlessly in the massive pink water. The lake also has a small salt collecting industry and is often the finishing point of the Dakar Rally. ( source from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Retba )


Also known as Lac Rose (French is the official language of Senegal), this lake is pinker than any milkshake and it is certainly the right shade of pink! Such amazing colouration!


Did you know? The water of lake actually changes from mauve to deep pink in color, depending on the time of day and amount of sunlight. :)









As seen from above picture, there are piles of white salt lining the shore and the lake appears as a pool of color in a black and white landscape. Simply beautiful, isn't it? :)


Well, salt fishing is the major activity of the lake. Workers spend many hours a day in the water scraping salt from the lake bed. In order to protect their skin, they rub it with "Beurre de Karité" (shea butter, produced from shea nuts obtained from the Shea nut tree), which is an emollient used to avoid tissue damage. ( source from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Retba )





Even when only admiring the pink lake's beauty through pictures, one can feel the amazing-ness already! ;)




I am already dreaming to visit this place someday somehow. MUST VISIT.
Now I just need to start saving some money first! >_<


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