Photographer's Note

Hello friends and colleagues, today I propose a view to this beautiful marsh of the Natural Park of the Bay of Cadiz, I hope you like, then some letters about the park.

In the center of the Atlantic coast of the province, on a large wetland, is the Bahía de Cádiz Natural Park. Despite high human pressure, almost intact areas such as the Marismas de Sancti Petri and the Trocadero Island, declared Natural Sites, are preserved. Around them, Phoenician and Roman remains were found, such as the Temple of Hercules, on the Island of Sancti Petri, and the old port in the Caño del Trocadero, linked to trade with the Indies. And the important strategic and defensive value of this area influenced the early appearance, 3,000 years ago, of human settlements in the Bay, which have bequeathed an exceptional heritage of old fortifications.

The intrusion of the sea and the mouth of the Guadalete and San Pedro rivers, along with the mild Mediterranean climate, determine the ecological characteristics of this wetland and its great diversity of landscapes: beaches, dunes, lagoons, marshes and estuaries. One of the most interesting options to discover them is the nautical journey of the Sancti Petri canoe, both in canoe and sailing boat. There are also activities such as horse riding and diving, from the various clubs and ports on the coast.

In the marshes, protagonists of the Park, are plants like spartines, salicornia and sarcoconia according to the level of flood. The vegetation also invades the dunes, stabilizing them as they move away from the shore. From barrones to the sea blond or the clavellina passing by the thistle of the sea or the marine tártago are an example of these species dunares. Around it, the pines are opened, accompanied by shrubs that survive stoically to environmental salinity. As a sign of the dense pine forest that stretched between El Puerto de Santa Maria and Puerto Real, there are enclaves like the Pinar de la Algaida. Within this framework inhabits the common chameleon, a species in danger of extinction.

Its position between the natural parks of Doñana and the Strait make it a privileged enclave to observe the birds that migrate between Europe and Africa. This place houses some of the most important Spanish colonies of charrancitos, cigüeñuelas and avocetas. On the beaches, visitors will spot gannets, cormorants, yellow-legged seagulls and waders such as oystercatchers, as well as correlating tridactyls, colipinto needles, charrancitos and patinegro plover. Other inhabitants are the elegant flamenco and osprey.

The life of many of the inhabitants of the place has revolved around the salinas, conditioning their subsistence from time immemorial and marking their character. It is advisable to take a tour of its paths to check its influence on the landscape, highlighting the Salineras Houses and the Salinas del Rio Arillo. At the same time you can see a multitude of birds from the accredited ornithological observatories.

Currently, salt extraction has given way to other activities such as estuarine fishing, inshore fishing and booming aquaculture, the main resources of the area. It is advisable to taste on the spot prawns, clams, oysters, sea bass, sole, smooth and golden estero, appreciated for their quality. Shrimp tortillas, made with chickpea flour, were formerly produced in tidal mills, some of which are still preserved, all washed down with local wines.
Source: Page of the Bahía de Cádiz Natural Park.

Model: NIKON D3100
Software: PhotoScape
Exposure Time: 10/32000 sec
F-Stop: f/6.3
ISO Speed Ratings: 400
Focal Length: 18 mm
Date Taken: 2016-05-16 18:12
Metering Mode: Center Weighted Average
File Size: 463 k

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