The Guérande region is renowned all over France for its sea salt production, from rock salt to the finest “Fleur de Sel”. A rock wall separates the waters of the Gulf of Morbihan and the salt marshes. A wander around the extensive network of salt ponds was both informative and scenic, with lovely plays in colour.
During high tide sea water is stored in the primary pond and then let into the maze of the salt marsh. As a result of the slight changes in level and meticulous flow adjustments by the salt workers, the water circulates through the various ponds. The sun and wind do their magic and the water evaporates until the salt crystals form in the evaporation ponds.
But that is not all. The region has the special appeal of combining both salt and freshwater marshes side by side. And although the morning through the wetlands near Breca, a tiny Breton village, was very grey, the mood was really special.
Here is a selection of images from our wanders:
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I love the photo of the Guérande Salt Marshes! Like a Hundertwasser painting. http://tinyurl.com/gkqjbtz
Thanks Dave for the link. You are right, the aerial image in particular are reminiscent of this painter. Looking at some of his art, it also reminds us of aboriginal paintings.
That first image looks most abstract!
Yes the aerial shot really gives an idea of the extensive saline area.
I think those places are so interesting, looks like a great place to look around.
It was fascinating. Again would have been better at a different time of day, but you have to take what you get. Thanks for commenting.
Fascinating & great colours
It was interesting; different ponds had different colours…
fantastic shots Chris! an interesting place. I love the thatch roof!
Yes they are still trying to preserve the old craft.