1. This lake in Tanzania turns any animal that falls into it to stone.
2. Photographer Nick Brandt stumbled upon the calcified carcasses washed up along the shoreline of Lake Natron in Northern Tanzania.
3. “No one knows for certain exactly how they die, but it appears that the extreme reflective nature of the lake’s surface confuses them, causing them to crash into the lake,” Brandt says.
4. Lake Natron is a salt lake and has a pH level around 9.5 to 10 — extremely alkaline — that preserves the animals after their death.
5. Brandt found the calcified animals around the lake and positioned them for the photographs.
“I took these creatures as I found them on the shoreline, and then placed them in ‘living’ positions, bringing them back to ‘life’, as it were,” Blandt says.