Salt Pans Of Ludo
Photograph - Digital
The Ludo Nature Reserve which is part of the Ria Formosa a 170 km2 Natural Park is home to over 200 species of birds and waterfowl throughout the year. Some 30,000 birds visit each year.
Many of the salt pans are still in use and two large salt mountains dominate the background. There are a number of trails that cross the area and two circular walks of about four to five hours each can be undertaken.
Walk 1. takes the track across the middle of the nature reserve with lagoons on one side and salt pans on the other. A large two storey hide marks the turning point where the track doubles back to the right skirting a golf course until you reach the salt mountains where you take a right turn to cut back across the salt pans until you rejoin the central track back to the starting point.
Walk 2. Is more demanding due to the soft sand of the beach again follows the central track across the reserve but when you reach the 2 storey hide take a left along the small beach beside the golf course until you reach the long wooden bridge which crosses the lagoons to Praia de Faro Beach and the Atlantic Ocean. Turn left when you reach the beach heading back along Praia de Faro to where you can again cross the lagoons this time on a narrow single track road bridge back to your starting point.
Captured in the photograph are some of the salt pans that are still in use today. Photographed in the low afternoon winter sun the golden glow lghts up the two salt mountains behind the saltpans, with amazing reflection on the surface of the water.
Ludo, Faro, Algarve, Portugal
Photographed on10-DEC-2012. Canon 5D mk ii and Canon 17 - 40 F4 L USM
December 10th, 2012
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