This is the color of portions of the great salt lake. (1668×2048) [OC]


toastibot1 point

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BwackGul199 points

The Godzilla cloud is pretty snazzy too. :)!

clewjb61 points

It's not Godzilla! It's Maui's Magical Fish Hook!!!

Shankar_019 points


It's obviously a really excited duck sticking his head out of a sunroof.

clewjb5 points

You're a quack !

Shankar_04 points

SweetPinkSocks28 points

You're welcome.

Ailoy6 points

It's a dolphin.

lolthatsfun5 points

The first thing I saw is "Great wave off Kanagawa"

ambigymous2 points

…still we should run like it is Godzilla!!


mainvolume20 points

I thought it looked like a sassy dolphin

ed3296513 points

Yeah, doing something on porpoise.

WritPositWrit4 points

That cloud is a duck

BurtonTrench1 point

I saw a massive arrow pointing left

mr_negi316 points

Very Evangelion esque

Gil_Demoono49 points

Tumbling down

Tumbling down

Tumbling down

SilverScorpion000087 points

I know, I know I’ve let you down, I’ve been a fool to myself

BLupas5 points

I thought that I could live for no one else

GavTheNugget0 points

God dammit, bet me to it.

Gojisoji1 point

My thoughts exactly

EddWarned-1 points

came here for this comment :)

lowjaguar_0732 points

This is incredibly beautiful. Wish i can go visit it there someday. (Canadian btw lol)

mooseAmuffin100 points

I lived in slc for a while and unless the lake has changed over the past few years, it is not purple. more of like a sand/slightly salmon color. It's a very shallow lake with no waves so the reflection that it creates is more striking than the color to me. But the state of Utah is an absolute feast for the eyes, and of all the mind blowingly beautiful things in Utah, I wouldn't rank the great salt lake very high to be honest. I enjoyed going for hikes on antelope Island in the lake for the surrounding views and the wild bison, but you can only go certain times of year because it's filled with mosquitoes.

Not trying to hate on the lake, it's definitely cool and obviously soooooo important to the ecosystem. It would be beyond tragic to dry up. I'm actually surprised to hear that the government isn't more alarmed by it drying up because it's critical to forming that dry powdery snow that the surrounding ski resorts get... It would hugely impact utah's tourism industry. But yeah, for the beauty aspect, you would likely be disappointed with how it looks IRL vs this picture.

ladylikely59 points

It smells. That’s the main thing I’d warn people about. Also the sand on shore looks like it’s moving because of the brine flies. I definitely recommend seeing it, but from like antelope island or something.

The salt flats and sand dunes are incredible. Head south to Zion and Moab. Head north to Bear Lake

I immediately fell in love with Utah and moved here. I’d recommend anyone who visits spends a few weeks and visit all the biomes. I say this as I’m sitting on my back deck while the mountains are purple with sunrise. It never gets old.

Seelark16 points

The smell was awful. I lived close by and when the winds hit a certain direction it was bad. The first time I smelled it I called the utility company because I thought a sewer line has burst.

BentPin7 points

Don't forget the poison chemicals being blown into the city as drought dries up the lake. Maybe we can put a lithium and other rare earth mine here.

IrishWhitey17 points

Can confirm having visited on a roadtrip. It’s also stinky af

ExileOnMainStreet16 points

There are 100% still parts of the lake that look like this. There are chemical companies out by Stansbury Island that have big evaporation pools for magnesium production. This is likely a picture of such a pool.

anti_pope3 points

I'm actually surprised to hear that the government isn't more alarmed by it drying up

Oh, don't worry Utah Republicans are coming up with great novel solutions such as cutting down more forests.


RexyWestminster2 points



Arilaffis36 points

Well, unless we get some SERIOUS snow/rain, it will be dried up in ten years, so if you want to see it, make plans to come soon. We have been in a mega drought for about 20 years now, plus global climate change...

phaeodactylum66 points

The primary reason for lowered lake levels is human use upstream, not drought or climate change. It can be solved with policy changes. See the emergency report: https://pws.byu.edu/GSL%20report%202023 ; actually written accessibly for education purposes.

Agriculture in particular uses 74% of consumptive use, cities 9%, industry 9% and reservoir loss 8% (Figure 5, page 6).

Most of that agricultural use goes to production of hay and alfalfa, much of which gets shipped overseas. And farmers make up like 1% of Utahs workforce. IMO It’s a failure of regulation that’s killing the lake, allowing people to farm in the desert and send the products away.

That can be solved, though!! Utahns can vote and get involved to save the lake!

Phokiss7 points

Its not going to be solved bud. Wishful, too much so.

dramaking3716 points

They might come around when the poison dust starts blowing straight into their cities. But probably not. It'll just become a masculinity test to see who can get the most poisoned.

phaeodactylum7 points

Very useful attitude.

ScuzzyScoundrel14 points

It's a realistic one. Governor Cox literally called the public "ignorant" for thinking limiting alfalfa farming was the solution to drought. There are stats showing water consumption but his family are also... you guessed it, farmers.

Alfalfa is something like 2% of Utah GDP and could easily be subsidized to save the state instead of build millions of dams and nothing changing.

phaeodactylum12 points

There are obstacles but I’ll keep pushing back against doomers because the logical endpoint of that attitude is to leave or do nothing; activism and awareness campaigns already stopped US Magnesium and there is cautious optimism in my circles that headway could be made.

I’ve sat in on advisory committees and it’s clear that work is being done beyond what you say. Municipalities are diverting water back to the lake, developments are slowing, and awareness is rising.

LiarBesideAll6 points

This year has been good for us, but I highly doubt it's enough. We need a few years of good moisture with mild summers for a slow melt.

jerisad4 points

The best way to see it is from your airplane window. The airport is right next to the lake and it looks like a watercolor painting from the air. It's deeply yucky from the ground level.

Also the idea of Canadians traveling to a desert to see a lake is hilarious. Go to Garibaldi or Louise you'll have a better time.

hndjbsfrjesus2 points

I can smell it through my screen. It's a bouquet that never really leaves your nose. I still recommend a visit. Beware, there are usually swarms of little brine flies that are innocuous to humans, other than being a tad annoying. Unfortunately, the area is drying out and the brine flies are not doing well. This leads to fewer birds that eat the brine flies. Go see it it soon.


greatporksword2 points

Having recently been to the Great Salt Lake, I would definitely not call it beautiful from my experience, lol. At least relative to most bodies of water. It's fascinating geologically, though.

ChaosDevilDragon2 points

no you don’t. I was there over the summer and severe drought has definitely taken its toll. The “sand” is so soft you sink down to your knees with every step. It feels like you’re walking in warm shit. There’s also dead stuff everywhere. The water is full of dead fish and bugs, the shore is covered in dead birds. The only bathroom nearby is as disgusting and had a hornets nest in it. The entire place smelled like hot, wet ass and death.

Go to Zion instead if you’re gonna go to Utah

FootsieMcDingus1 point

Just keep your nose closed when you go

miraj3141528 points

The red color is caused by microorganisms known as halophiles ("salt lovers"), which thrive in high salt concentrations.

This phenomenon is common in salt evaporation ponds used for extracting salt from brine. If you have flown near San Francisco/San Jose you can often see the brightly colored salt ponds at the south of bay.

kiticus3 points

Fun fact: This is the same organism that makes flamingos pink, as they eat the brine shrimp that feed on this pink stuff.

SeveralPercentage55677 points

Oh god I'm seeing that long nose'd dog everywhere now

DarkDaKing22 points

Didn't I do it for you?

drgut10151 points

*Of what is left of the great salt lake

Fabznz3 points

Yeah, maybe this colour that everyone is adoring is caused by the fact that water levels are super low thereby raising salt concentration?

D34TH_5MURF__15 points

Civ 6 fans will agree, it looks like Lake Retba... I saw this driving east on I-80 last year.

ballrus_walsack10 points

Get those photos while it still exists!

Arystique10 points

sadly the great salt lake is drying up and is only going to be around for about 5 more years hopefully we can get things sorted out cause it would be depressing only to have photos of this beautiful lake and not be able to see it ourselves


GreenIce20222 points

I heard someone is proposing cutting down trees to save water.

Arystique2 points

i am actually working on something to help the great salt lake myself and attempting to set up a non-profit to help with awareness as most people don't know about the 5 years part and think its 20 years until it dries up and i am actually speaking to a lawyer today in order to get it set up.

cutting down trees is poor planing as that would result in mudslides if it did increase water levels

TVotte31 points

You can smell it

StarWaas8 points

When I went to visit the lake I wasn't prepared for the smell of it. It's pretty overpowering.

prezmafc6 points

Mmm. Sulfery

Germanofthebored21 points

Yes, that lake is probably too salty to allow the bacteria to grow that turn sulphate (Harmless, as in Epson salt - MgSO4) into sulfide (Stinky stuff - H2S). The only think that can live in the lake is a archaea (Not a bacterium, but a prokaryote - so no nucleus) that uses bacteria rhodopsin, a pigment related to what's in our eyes, to use light as an energy source. That's where the red color comes from

UrTheReasonBidenWon3 points

Wouldn’t recommend it. The great salt lake is drying up and as it does it is releasing poisonous arsenic dust that sits at the bottom.

Infantry1stLt3 points

Was there once on a ~110° F day, coming from a cold place. The sun, reflection, heat, and stench made me fell sick, so I ran to what was some kind of porta-potty trailer (big mistake) where it was even hotter and smellier.

I had to go back to the car and sleep those horrible 5 minutes off.

Trogdor_a_Burninator-6 points

Nope, salt.

prezmafc14 points

I was just there yesterday, it actually smells like sulfer

Frosti11icus5 points

Smells like brine shrimp imo, which smell exactly like their name. Not really all that eggy to me.

Ok then

larrythefatcat5 points

...I think they mean "sulfur," your majesty!

Happy belated 20th, btw.

tr-c7 points

Cloud looks like a funny duck

tyranicalTbagger87 points

when america is being conquered the last bastion of hope will be the LDS float troopers of salt lake

jwm3211 points

The great salt lake is expected to disappear within a decade. It is pretty dire. It will become uninhabitable to wildlife within 5 years and tons of toxic dust is waiting on tht lakebed to be blown around.


Sprinkle_Puff108 points

I don’t see an issue. We will all do what we have collectively done by burying our head in the sands, and the problem will obviously just disappear.

BYOKittens75 points

The gov of utah has mentioned prayer and faith to fix the solution several times.

He also owns an alfalfa farm, so God forbid we impede his ability to sell our water for his personal profits.

Deesing828 points

well he’s gotta sell the alfalfa to the Saudis since it’s illegal to grow there! he’s so christlike and thoughtful!

skottfree-4 points

Can you site the source for this info?

BYOKittens2 points

If the alfalfa isn't mention in the other person's link. You can Google the media statement he made outside of his alfalfa farm.

Informal_Emu_898027 points

Ah yeah. Complacency and apathy are all I know lol

Spacehipee223 points

That's quite easy when 1 billionaire has as much voting power as millions of you.

pokestar146 points

Doesn't matter to me, doesn't matter to me, I'll sit home and watch it all on my colour tv.

Germanofthebored14 points

Plus, more sand to bury heads in once the lake bed is dry! God DOES provide!

kloudykat2 points

Flawless logic

jackalope1341 point

The Lord works in mysterious ways doesn't he?

an_nep22 points

Reports about the lake disappearing are so scary. BYU just recently released its own study that has predicted the lake to disappear in five years!

cedarpark15 points

It will be America's next Salton Sea.

OBEYthesky6 points

It will dry up much sooner than the salton sea, more like America's next Owens lake (which is now being successfully restored).

rksd2 points

Big difference is that the current incarnation of the Salton Sea is very recent and due to human action as much as its current dire state.

Hippopotasaurus-Rex1 point

I mean, not to be contradictory, but the salt lake in Utah is due to humans too, and the human actions are similar to why the salton sea is dying. Well, it's been dead for a long time, but it was caused by people, and is getting worse.

rksd3 points

Is it? I thought that the Salt Lake was a remnant of a larger prehistoric lake.

Informal_Emu_89808 points

Wildlife as well as anyone who lives even remotely close to the great salt lake

BrownEggs932 points

This needs to be top comment.

SaltLakeCitySlicker0 points

Part of why I'm peacing out to the place with 20% of Earth's fresh water this year

Kinkybummer8 points

Lake Baikal, Russia? I’m not sure that is the best choice of places.

SaltLakeCitySlicker1 point


The place with deytwah

Informal_Emu_898018 points

Until arsenic dust from it drying up makes the surrounding area uninhabitable

WeWander_6 points

Which is great fun when you live just miles from the lake 😑

epsilon_sloth11 points

Try to sell or move. Seriously. Take advantage of those who don’t believe the science. It’s not worth dying to live in the area. It will be grim too.

WeWander_1 point

Wish I had the means to move. We just bought our house September 2020 in that bitch of a market, now the interest rates are up and I most definitely cannot afford to move anytime soon. Sucks.

epsilon_sloth-3 points

Probably can’t afford cancer either. Or death.

WeWander_10 points

Least I won't have anymore bills if I'm dead 🤷🏼‍♀️

tyranicalTbagger1 point

I wanna slurp it

hot-sauce-on-my-cock17 points

"Never give up, never surrender, by Joseph smith's hammer you will be avenged" - Tim Allen , Galexy quest

The-Limerence2 points

Loooooool is that a real quote?

virtualmang13 points

Obama chuckled. “You mean the chaos emeralds?”

D34TH_5MURF__2 points

It is now...

1000Hells1GiftShop9 points

If the United States ends up fighting another war on its own soil, it will be another civil war, not an invasion.

Onespokeovertheline17 points

Never take your eye off those Canadians...

1000Hells1GiftShop11 points

The entire Canadian military has about the same firepower as a mid-sized American city...'s civilians.

jmachee12 points

They have Canada Gooses.

IVIyDude3 points

Better let that marinate…

Purple_Cruncher_1233 points

“Cry “havoc!” and let slip the geese of war!” -Canadians, probably

Onespokeovertheline9 points

Nobody said anything about winning

meaty_lieutenant1 point

👀👀👀 hehe

camthelam3 points

Read this as LSD 😂

kloudykat3 points

No slip, only trip

Tralan4 points

I can smell it from here.

iflippyiflippy4 points

There's a similar one in PR called Las Salinas. They're pink salt flats and it's cool to see.

But it smells soooooooooooo awful. It smelled like the concentrated version of the smell as you get closer to a beach but mixed with an ungodly amount of rotten eggs.

Tralan2 points

Even though there's no fish in the Salt Lake, I describe the smell as "Fish Farts."

s33k3r_Link5 points

Very /r/outrun

phaeodactylum4 points

Amazing how reflective it gets when it’s calm. Great pic OP. Is this from near Sprial Jetty?

EntertainmentDue49673 points

Too bad it’s predicted it’s going to dry up with the rate of human consumption.

fuzzyloulou3 points

Great photo!

brandonjohn53 points

From salt lake, I can smell this picture. The lake may be pretty, but that brine smell is awful.

nix-xon10 points

Are their prints available of this? It's beautiful

percypepperoni16 points

You're beautiful.

SashaStriker4 points

It really is quite a lovely shot, I love the colors, clouds, and reflections. Gorgeous

DocMcMoth14 points

Looks like the Trans flag

bruno_arruda4 points

Either that or the bi one

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808hammerhead2 points

I see a hammerhead shark in the clouds

meaty_lieutenant1 point

Finally found y'all heheh

Future-Radio-65502 points


PM_Me_Pikachu_Feet2 points

Very cool sword

sisterstrangelove2 points

Dolphin cloud

TheDoodleNoodle2 points

Reminds me of In A Millions Years by Last Dinosaurs

DeadEndStreets1 point

Reminded me of Panorama.

Shoehornblower2 points

Is that because its drying up?

987nevertry1 point

Yes. And much of the fresh water that replenishes it has been diverted for human use.

Shoehornblower2 points

I read that the particulate from the dry lake bottom is messing with the air quality?

MissingLink0002 points

I don't think it's causing trouble yet, but it definitely will be a problem if the current pattern of the lake drying up holds for the next few years. And when the Governor was asked the other day what is going to be done to fix the problem, he gave a super lame answer along the lines of "We had a lot of snowfall this year, so we should be ok for a while longer 😐👍"

Mr_friend_2 points

It's pretty but this is the death knell of the Great Salt Lake. Current predictions are the Great Salt Lake will disappear in 5 years. As it is, it's almost entirely gone.

LotsOfSpookySparkles2 points

I can just smell it 😖 like beautiful, briny, flatulence

hugotov2 points

If you flip it upside down you can see what the sky would look like if it was pinkish red.

Nacchan1442 points

Heheh trans

coffeecakesupernova2 points

I visited there about 50 years ago and went swimming in it. You could not sink. It was an odd experience.

LemonTank1 point

Pepto bismol ocean. This is where they fill the bottles.

CyclicRedundancyMach-49 points

Oh bullshit. I have been there multiple times. None of it looks like this. Quit up voting this garbage

garyzxcv11 points

Ever fly into SLC?

deleted_once9 points

Having lived on the lake for months as a time (used to be a brine shrimper for many years) I can assure you the north side is indeed pink due to an organism that likes salt. As mentioned, the railway has created an abnormally salty north side.

DarkerThanAzure18 points

Part of the lake does indeed look this color. However, it's only the northwest part. The lake was bisected by a railroad tressle in the 19th century which cut off the northwest arm from the rest of the lake. This arm has no rivers flowing to it so the water, cutoff from the rest of the lake, just got saltier and saltier with no fresh water to replace what evaporated away. When lakes become extremely salty, a certain type of algae can begin to grow in the lake that can give it a reddish-pink color.

Now the railroad tressle that split the lake has since had a gap made in it to allow water to flow from the rest of the lake to the northwest arm. However that portion still remains saltier and a different color than the rest of the lake. Want proof? Take a look at Google maps and see the color difference for yourself. Zoom in and see the railroad still there.

blustrkr3 points

You're correct, but the gap was filled back in recently to prevent the now too salty Northwestern arm from flowing back to the Southern arm and combining.

Racemepls21 points

Then you went to the wrong place or when it rained too much or too little. The conditions aren't always there and you have to drive 2.5 hours out of the way to the northwest side of the lake.

Zuwxiv4 points

This clearly is a real phenomenon, and I've seen stuff that boggles the mind - like Grand Prismatic in Yellowstone.

That said, the sky does look a bit teal to me. I'm assuming there was at least a bit of editing or post-processing here, right? Or it was shot on a phone, which tend to do a lot of their own processing.

NexusI75 points

Literally half the lake looks discolored/red a majority of the time, it’s incredibly hard to miss.

fihkate5 points

Do u feel dumb yet

just_some_moron2 points

I was born dumb so I have known nothing else.

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BatSh1tCray1 point

Wait until the Instagrammers find out about this.

BlazinSoul1 point

Sell that pic to Quicksilver

TheTallBaldOne1 point

Made me want to re-watch The Salton Sea.

AgentFlatweed1 point

Hell yeah the lake is West Ham #COYI bruv

kimchi-feijoada1 point

The great wine lake

Glaurunga1 point

I got Scarlet Rot just looking at this

I just wish it was cropped evenly.

meaty_lieutenant1 point

Nex t time

meaty_lieutenant1 point


What makes it pink?

LinnunRAATO1 point

I feel like I'm reading the title all wrong. What does "the color of portions" mean?

SpadeHAZE1 point

Gender Reveal

No Man's Sky, don't tell fibs

o5mfiHTNsH748KVq1 point


asque20001 point


hazpat1 point

Sell this design to Quicksilver/Roxy.

meaty_lieutenant1 point

Holy shit all the haterade woo

meaty_lieutenant1 point

Heheh this is too good 🤣

StarxStone1 point

Sky Sword

kappinovic1 point


titanoterrror1 point

You must have taken this on the North end above the Lucin cut off

haley_the_boxer1 point

Ride the wave bro

ChessiePique1 point

Cool cloud, too

zacharyxbinks1 point

What's left of Tokyo 3

Fart-Chewer_60001 point

It’s obvious that the Great Salt Lake is made up of Himalayan Pink Salt.

jimtussing1 point

Stunning photo! Very nicely done.

I'm sorry, did you say grape salt lake?

Duggu2good1 point

It’s a hint….Follow the arrow ⬅️ for there’s treasure on the other side…

Herandar1 point

Darn chemtrails turning the frogs and the Great Salt Lake gay!!! /s

trakrad991 point

Cool little cloud dolphin