Flamingos gather in saline and semisaline lakes. They arrive with two main items on their agenda: to consume blue-green algae and to breed. The presence of volcanic minerals in the lakes creates the right kind of salinity for blue-green algae to bloom and nourish the leggy birds, and it´s the red-orange pigment hidden in the algae that infuses their feathers with pink.
But this seemingly ideal setting is being distrupted, and lesser flamingo populations have been decreasing. Human activities, in the forms of wastewater pollution, mining, and inappropriate types of agriculture, threaten the health of the lakes. Excessive freshwater flowing into the lakes can make the algea disappear, and high nutrient levels can lead to excess algae bloom, which removes oxygen from the lakes.
100 x 70 cm | 40″ x 28″
Acrylic paint on stretched xl-studio canvas (unframed)
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