Breathing

This video was taken on a small, spring-fed lake on Manitoulin Island , Ontario, Canada. There is a flat rock shoreline of alvar limestone. The lake level was unusually high in 2013 and the water flooded areas of rock and…

Breathing

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This video was taken on a small, spring-fed lake on Manitoulin Island , Ontario, Canada. There is a flat rock shoreline of alvar limestone. The lake level was unusually high in 2013 and the water flooded areas of rock and plants. There was a brief blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) bloom on the first hot, still day of the summer resulting in this multi-coloured foam moving in a rhythm I thought was similar to breathing. So, I introduced a sound track of breathing.
To me, this is appropriate because cyanobacteria are credited with tipping the planet over to an oxygen atmosphere, causing one of the great extinctions and paving the way for oxygen-based life forms to develop. A bloom like this, on this particular lake, is the result of human carelessness and ignorance and does mess with our recreational enjoyment of the lake. But it is nature’s way of balancing the chemistry of the lake. So, enjoy the brief beauty of the blue-green algae bloom.

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