Sunday, November 20, 2011

Guano, salt and lichen

Guano for the fertilizer industry was and still is a major business, provided by the plentiful seabirds feasting on whatever the Antarctic's Benguela current brings up:
Beautiful salt crystals are found in the area and just left for sale by the roadside on little stands using the honor system:

Fragile lichen fields are found up and down the coast and some attempts are made to preserve them.
Shipwrecks still occur along this treacherous coast, like the unfortunate foundered tug, Zela, which came to grief while being towed to Angola

Flamingos in one of the salt ponds.

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