Across The Ravaged Land

Photographer Nick Brandt poses naturally mummified animals that wash up along the shore of Lake Natron in this series of eerie images. The lake is a harsh environment and for some reason many birds or bats crash into it and are killed when they hit the water. Then the lake's high salt content coats the corpses in sodium carbonate preserving them along the water's edge. Brandt certainly had an eye for the dramatic when he posed them on the highly reflective lake or framed a bat with thorns--it's a spooky set that adds to the lake's mystique. via