Canadian Rockies Waterfall Turns Blood Red

Posted Sep 1st 2010 01:13 PMUpdated Oct 13th 2010 05:04 PM




A Canadian couple was stunned when they witnessed the scientific phenomenon of a waterfall turning blood red. Fortunately, one of the pair was a professional photographer with camera on hand.

Rochelle Coffey, a mother of two, had driven with her husband to Cameron Creek in Alberta, Canada, following a heavy storm.

When they saw the creek had turned a deep shade of red they followed the flow to Cameron Falls to see what they would find there.

Luckily for the couple, the color change of the gushing water over the rocks from crystal clear to blood red happened before their eyes, though they did have to wait two hours for the event to occur.

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The phenomenon was caused by high levels of rain washing red-colored sediment from rocks into the water.

"Earlier in the day there had been very heavy rainfall, which isn't uncommon, but the conditions must have been just right to bring down that much sediment," Coffey says.

She adds she and her husband have visited the falls repeatedly for six years, and had always previously seen only clear water, making the color change particularly shocking.

Another photographer waited for awhile at the waterfall too, but had to leave before the water turned color.

"He missed the shot of a lifetime," Coffey says.

Photos Courtesy of Rex USA
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never see it rain frogs? I have. In kansas. Seems the tadpols got blown into the clouds and when it rained the tadpols had morphed to frogs, and down they came/

September 02 2010 at 8:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i find it interesting that there seem to be more rocks showing in the ''blood'' picture which would indicate lower water. also if you look at the clear water picture closely there seems to be a lot more water coming over the falls then. and this was supposed to be after a rain so the water should be higher. i just thought that it appears to be the clear water picture would have more water thus giving the red sediment a boost. it doesnt say anything about the source of the red sediment either

September 02 2010 at 8:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

the water looks air brushed..
I would think photograpehers would be able to get clearer
pictures...not to mention close ups.....

September 02 2010 at 7:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

fake pictures

September 02 2010 at 5:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

the first photo doesnt have green trees or bushes or moss and the red one does so how is it the same day????

September 02 2010 at 5:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

First off, Hi Todd, you are disgusting.

Otherwise these pictures are pretty. There is no religious meaning here, move on.

Next, if you can't spell, use proper grammar, or punctuation correctly please don't post. It annoys me and other people who do use the English language appropriately.

Enjoy your day.

September 02 2010 at 5:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
m scott ryan

It must be that time of the month.

September 02 2010 at 5:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Oh good grief, WHY IS THIS NEWS? This happens ALL THE TIME in any area where there is red clay near a water source and run off in streams and rivers. Go down to Georgia after a hard rain and check out waterfalls, creeks and rivers. SAME THING. Must be a slow news day or even a NO news day.

September 02 2010 at 5:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


September 02 2010 at 5:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

To say nothing about the lighting conditions changing. Both were obviously taken from the same GENERAL spot, not the exact one. Clear water in our lakes turns reddish brown when the bottom sediment is churned up with winds, hard rain, etc..

September 02 2010 at 5:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply