We returned to The Camargue yesterday to introduce Judi to the birds of the Rhone River delta. This time we remembered mosquito repellent! It was a glorious sunny day with a little breeze to keep the worst of the insects at bay.
The Camargue is home to over 300 species of birds and hosts as many as 400 species when migrations are included. It includes the only reproducing colony of flamingos in France. There also are ancient salt works that still produce exquisite salt by filling the marshes with seawater and then letting it evaporate. Rice crops cover almost 40% of The Camargue. This is a working national park that has much to see and do.
We particularly love Pont de Gau Ornithological Park. This wonderful preserve has almost 4 miles of trails winding around several distinct estuaries, across dikes and bridges, and along canals. Camargue horses, an ancient and beautiful breed, graze the highlands between the estuaries. Flamingos and other water birds fill the waterways.
Of course we also took some time for drawing.
Visit The Camargue any time you are in Provence!
Flamingos always strike me as such improbable creatures but quite elegant, eh? Love, ace