These grim and spirit-like bird were found by photographer Nick Brandt on the shores of Lake Natron in Tanzania. They have been dried and calcified by the lake’s waters, which are extraordinarily hot, alkaline, mineral-laden and deadly. The sunlight reflecting off of the lake caused most of these birds to crash into the water, after which it salted and petrified them. Brandt posed the unlucky birds and photographed them while traveling through Africa to document its disappearing wildlife.

Source: Nick Brandt (via newscientist)