Fact check: Photograph captures a lake in Australia that resembles a tree




  • In Business
  • 2021-01-14 02:29:24Z
  • By USA TODAY
 

The claim: Photo of a lake in Australia resembles a tree

This week, Khan Rashid Khan took to Facebook to share an aerial photograph of a lake in Australia that resembles a tree, comparing it to the "tree of life."

"The Tree of Life created naturally after a few Stormy Days in the Clarence Valley, NSW, Australia," he wrote. "The Water is soaked by Tea Tree Oils hence the Brown Colour and the extra water flowing out of the Lake has created this stunning Natural Master Piece."

Though the imagemight not look real, it's a bonafide photograph of Lake Cakora in New South Wales, Australia.

Photo of Lake Cakora was taken by amateur photographer in December

The photo was taken by Derry Moroney in December. He is an amateur photographer who has been capturing aerial images of Lake Cakora for about six months.

Lake Cakora is a lake and lagoon that is sometimes open to the ocean at Brooms Head Beach. Moroney snapped the viral photo after several days of consecutive storms in the Clarence Valley, per ABC North Coast.

He explained the phenomenon behind the photo to BBC.

"It's a lake that connects to a beach and also an estuary, and in the estuary and up next to the beach is a bunch of tea trees," he said. "During the big storms, as it comes back in during the high tide, all the tea tree oil runs back into it, and creates the forks and all the hooks of the tree of life."

Moroney told USA TODAY that he was surprised his photo went viral. "The response I have gotten from all over the world has left me speechless," he wrote.

Our rating: True

Based on our research, the claim that the image in a photo of a lake in Australia resembles a tree is TRUE. It's a bonafide photo of Lake Cakora in New South Wales, Australia. It was taken in December by Derry Moroney, an amateur photographer.

Our fact-check sources:

Thank you for supporting our journalism. You can subscribe to our print edition, ad-free app or electronic newspaper replica here.

Our fact check work is supported in part by a grant from Facebook.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Fact check: Photo captures a lake in Australia that resembles a tree

COMMENTS

More Related News

3 more COVID-19 cases linked to Australian Open arrivals
3 more COVID-19 cases linked to Australian Open arrivals

Two players are among the three latest COVID-19 cases that have emerged from testing conducted on passengers who arrived on charter flights bringing people to Melbourne for the Australian Open.

Australia says
Australia says 'no' to tennis stars' demands

Some of the world's top tennis players including No. 1 Novak Djokovic have questioned Australia's strict quarantine rules ahead of the Australian Open tournament that kicks off next month. But Australian authorities again echoed their earlier stance, that the rules would not be bent for anyone. More than 70 players and their entourages are confined to their hotel rooms after passengers on three charter flights tested positive for the coronavirus. On the top of the list for requests, players demanded that they should be allowed to train on tennis courts during their mandated 14-day hotel quarantine. On Tuesday, Victorian premier Daniel Andrews said the answer was simply "no"....

US urges Australia to abandon news payment plan for tech giants
US urges Australia to abandon news payment plan for tech giants

The United States has urged Australia to abandon its plan to force Google and Facebook to pay media outlets for their news content, saying there could be...

U.S. asks Australia to scrap proposed laws to make Facebook, Google pay for news
U.S. asks Australia to scrap proposed laws to make Facebook, Google pay for news
  • US
  • 2021-01-18 23:30:56Z

The U.S. government has asked Australia to scrap proposed laws that will make it the first country in the world to force Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc's...

Australia unlikely to fully reopen border in 2021, says top official
Australia unlikely to fully reopen border in 2021, says top official

The border closure is likely to remain even with widespread vaccinations, a top official says.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: Business