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Oct 31, 2018 06:38:16   #
repleo (a regular here)
 
The salt pans or 'salines' of Trapani lie on the very western tip of Sicily outside the city of Trapani.  Salt water from the sea fills the shallow 'paddy field' like saline pans.  The water is allowed to evaporate under the scorching Sicilian sun and leaves a thick salt crust on the flat bottomed pans. The alt is then raked and shoveled into piles to drain the remaining water. The windmills ground the course salt 'flowers' into table grade salt or pumped water through timeless Archimedes screw pumps. (Archimedes was Greek Sicilian)

Salt production at Trapani dates back 2,700 years to the age of the Phoenicians when salt was essential for the preservation of food.  Over 100,000 tons of salt a year were being produced by the end of the 19th century. However, severe floods in 1965 inundated the pans with mud and damaged many of the dykes that form the pans,  Production is only a fraction of what it was in its hay-day, but at the end of summer huge piles of salt can be seen along the roads and out in the fields.

The area is now a very important nature preserve and resting point for birds migrating between Africa and Northern Europe. 

I shot these in the late evening.  Sunsets over the Salines are legendary.  Unfortunately, my good wife was gnawing on her arm with hunger so we had to leave before the sky turned to gold, but I think I captured the some nice lighting.  The first couple are worth downloading.

Comments or feedback shamelessly appreciated.  Feel free to post your own memories or pics of the Salines or download and offer up your own PP / edits.  

Thanks for looking.


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Oct 31, 2018 06:46:37   #
jerryc41 (a regular here)
 
Nice shots. We use so much salt, but it's bad for us, bad for roads, bad for cars. The list goes on.

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Oct 31, 2018 06:53:25   #
Longshadow (a regular here)
 
Interesting.

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Oct 31, 2018 06:56:20   #
loosecanon
 
Very interesting and beautifully documented. Thanks for sharing.

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Oct 31, 2018 07:11:41   #
traderjohn (a regular here)
 
jerryc41 wrote:
Nice shots. We use so much salt, but it's bad for us, bad for roads, bad for cars. The list goes on.


What a frightful thought.

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Oct 31, 2018 08:06:49   #
Blaster34 (a regular here)
 
repleo wrote:
The salt pans or 'salines' of Trapani lie on the very western tip of Sicily outside the city of Trapani.  Salt water from the sea fills the shallow 'paddy field' like saline pans.  The water is allowed to evaporate under the scorching Sicilian sun and leaves a thick salt crust on the flat bottomed pans. The alt is then raked and shoveled into piles to drain the remaining water. The windmills ground the course salt 'flowers' into table grade salt or pumped water through timeless Archimedes screw pumps. (Archimedes was Greek Sicilian)

Salt production at Trapani dates back 2,700 years to the age of the Phoenicians when salt was essential for the preservation of food.  Over 100,000 tons of salt a year were being produced by the end of the 19th century. However, severe floods in 1965 inundated the pans with mud and damaged many of the dykes that form the pans,  Production is only a fraction of what it was in its hay-day, but at the end of summer huge piles of salt can be seen along the roads and out in the fields.

The area is now a very important nature preserve and resting point for birds migrating between Africa and Northern Europe. 

I shot these in the late evening.  Sunsets over the Salines are legendary.  Unfortunately, my good wife was gnawing on her arm with hunger so we had to leave before the sky turned to gold, but I think I captured the some nice lighting.  The first couple are worth downloading.



Comments or feedback shamelessly appreciated.  Feel free to post your own memories or pics of the Salines or download and offer up your own PP / edits.  

Thanks for looking.
The salt pans or 'salines' of Trapani lie on the v... (show quote)



Thanks for sharing

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Oct 31, 2018 08:20:06   #
Linda From Maine (a regular here)
 
Terrific series, Phil! What a fantastic site for unique and eye-catching photos - for which you were well up to the task.

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Oct 31, 2018 19:49:17   #
UTMike (a regular here)
 
Very nice work!

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Nov 1, 2018 07:22:53   #
jaymatt (a regular here)
 
Nice photos--good job of documenting this process.

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Nov 1, 2018 08:47:28   #
fergmark (a regular here)
 
Looks like a place where a photographer could get over stimulated. Enjoyable to see this place through your lens.

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Nov 1, 2018 09:59:10   #
MT native
 
Very interesting series. Thanks for sharing.

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Nov 1, 2018 10:17:29   #
merrytexan (a regular here)
 
repleo wrote:
The salt pans or 'salines' of Trapani lie on the very western tip of Sicily outside the city of Trapani.  Salt water from the sea fills the shallow 'paddy field' like saline pans.  The water is allowed to evaporate under the scorching Sicilian sun and leaves a thick salt crust on the flat bottomed pans. The alt is then raked and shoveled into piles to drain the remaining water. The windmills ground the course salt 'flowers' into table grade salt or pumped water through timeless Archimedes screw pumps. (Archimedes was Greek Sicilian)

Salt production at Trapani dates back 2,700 years to the age of the Phoenicians when salt was essential for the preservation of food.  Over 100,000 tons of salt a year were being produced by the end of the 19th century. However, severe floods in 1965 inundated the pans with mud and damaged many of the dykes that form the pans,  Production is only a fraction of what it was in its hay-day, but at the end of summer huge piles of salt can be seen along the roads and out in the fields.

The area is now a very important nature preserve and resting point for birds migrating between Africa and Northern Europe. 

I shot these in the late evening.  Sunsets over the Salines are legendary.  Unfortunately, my good wife was gnawing on her arm with hunger so we had to leave before the sky turned to gold, but I think I captured the some nice lighting.  The first couple are worth downloading.

Comments or feedback shamelessly appreciated.  Feel free to post your own memories or pics of the Salines or download and offer up your own PP / edits.  

Thanks for looking.
The salt pans or 'salines' of Trapani lie on the v... (show quote)


interesting series, beautiful shots, repleo.

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Nov 1, 2018 12:42:47   #
repleo (a regular here)
 
Thank you all for your feedback and encouragement. I had a sort of 'writer's block' over the summer and haven't posted anything for awhile. Hopefully, your kind comments will give me the stimulus to get back out there on a more regular basis.
Thanks for looking.
Phil

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Nov 1, 2018 13:10:41   #
nanaval
 
Very good set and information..

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Nov 1, 2018 17:18:36   #
fourg1b2006
 
You did good with these images.

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