This amazing image, taken using a drone in Lake Cakora, Australia, shows tea tree oil seeping into the lake’s drainage channels to create an arboreal pattern

Earth 3 February 2021

Photographer
Derry Moroney

THIS stunning image of a tree-like pattern in the water is a testament to the beauty of nature’s own art – and to the power of technology.

Using a drone, the arboreal pattern was captured in Lake Cakora in Yuraygir National Park on the north coast of New South Wales, Australia.

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Derry Moroney, an amateur photographer, discovered the pattern in the lake while exploring his local area of Brooms Head and took this photo.

The lake is surrounded by lush foliage, including tea trees, and is situated inland from Brooms Head. It connects to the open ocean via the area’s main beach. There are smaller rivers flowing into it.

The image bears an uncanny resemblance to a branching tree, rather like a “tree of life”, because of the lake’s drainage channels. As water floods into these channels after big storms, tea tree oil from the local trees seeps into the crevices and colours the water.

Post-storm is the best time to visit, says Moroney. “There’s always so much excitement wondering what I might get to see,” he says. “Even without the storms, I am so intrigued, that I find myself down at the lake almost every two weeks seeing how much it has changed.”

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