Pink Turtle and Ice-Off Pat
A friend (Susanne) had visited the Six Mile Hill area lakes at the end of March and she had posted a photo of Turtle Lake which had turned pink, so I ventured up there to go for a hike, investigate the lakes, and take a few photos. Overnight it had snowed and there was a strong cold wind, so I wore good boots, bundled up, and headed out. the road in was fine and I parked at Turtle Lake (so called because we can spot turtles there in warm weather).
About 2 inches of snow had fallen in the hills, but that just helped to show the contrast with pink Turtle Lake. Sometime Buse Lake will turn a magenta colour in summer when the oxygen is depleted in the lake after runoff dissipates, and bacteria multiplies, producing a reddish color. This is a relatively rare occurrence, especially right after ice-off.
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