Photographer's Note

Camargue - the geographical region in the south of France, located between two major branches in the delta of the Rhone River and the Mediterranean coast. In addition to the small town of Saintes-Maries, and individual farm land virtually uninhabited. On the way from Arles to Saintes-Maries (40 km.) not encountered a single person. Roads of white gravel, all around us just grass step, marshes, pastures and shallow brackish lake. But the town of Saintes-Maries for which we reached at night, greeted us buzz and colorful festival .

Camargue is an area of over 930 km ² and is practically a large lowland island (surrounded by river and sea), situated in one of the largest river deltas in Europe. Third part area is the lake - the largest is Etang de Vaccarese. Coast are the sand dunes, occupy the center of the marshes and lakes, the northern part of the agricultural land (rice cultivation).

In the Camargue, there are approximately 400 species of rare birds in Europe (including the continent's largest breeding colony of flamingos), and other animals (including the famous wild ,,white horses'' of the Camargue). Plague the region are mosquitoes.
The region is sparsely populated, due to unfavorable climatic conditions, a small population living from tourism, harvesting of sea salt and breeding bulls to fight in the arenas. Located at the seaside resort of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer is the annual pilgrimage of the Gypsies to the famous miraculous statue to the sacred Sarah (regarded as the protectress).

Photo taken during the race bike on the south of France in 1997.
This is a scan from negative.

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