- The lake of BLOOOOOOOOD.
The San Angelo State Park has gone all Revelation on Texas, growing tremble-spreading pools of blood where once gentle waters had stood.
The culprit: The all-consuming drought that has baked the plains of the country's rib-eatingest state into a hardtack from which nothing will sprout. The U.S. Drought monitor estimates that 99.85 percent of Texas is suffering from some kind of drought; it's the worst drought for the state in 44 years. The water levels in lakes are dropping so quick that many boat ramps have had to be shut down – in O.C. Fisher Reservoir, where the above photo was taken, the H20 is almost gone.
The oxygen-depleted water has allowed for the explosive growth of purple bacteria called Chromatiaceae, which have granted the stagnant lake a chilling hue more commonly seen at crime scenes. And that's set at least one doomsayer issuing predictions about the End Times. According to Kansas City's KMBC:
Indiana preacher Paul Begley posted a [FANTASTIC] YouTube video in which he says the red lake could be a sign that the apocalypse is near.
“The second angel poured out his bowl on the sea, and it became as the blood of a dead man, and every living soul died in the sea," the passage Begley cited reads. "The third angel poured out his bowl upon the rivers and the fountains of water, and they became blood.”
Uhm, yeah. But don't get used to this Apocalypse, because it will only be temporary. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Inland Fisheries department says "the lake will be back to normal after we get some rains." And then Texan anglers can go back to catching those Cretaceous nightmare fish that y'all have down there. (Photos courtesy of the TPWDIF department.)