"Pink Flamingoes, White Horses, Black Bulls" Parc Naturel Régional de Camargue by Beausoleil

Stes. Maries de la Mer in Winter

No leaves on the trees, few tourists . . . but there were lots of local folks out walking their dogs and shopping in the village. We were also able to walk the beach with only a few local people and their dogs for company. It was lovely.

We thoroughly enjoy the Camargue in summer but early winter has its advantages!

Lunch . . .

Could any food possibly taste bad in a setting like this?

The elusive Ragondin

I think this is called a muskrat in the USA although I've never found ragondin in a French dictionary to check it. They are supposed to be an introduced pest but they're awfully cute. They live in the water so when you see them, they are always dripping wet and they're shy enough not to seem threatening. We've not seen them in the summer but in the autumn we saw quite a few.

Discovered on Wikipedia that: The Ragondin or coypu differs from the muskrat by its larger size and its tail, round at the coypu section while it is oval in Muskrat. They are a serious pest introduced from South America in the 19th century for their fur.

I suppose flamingo, swan or egret pictures would be prettier but everyone has those and they are lovely . . . but this guy is sooooo cute.

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  • Pros:A magical place to wander looking at wildlife
  • In a nutshell:An ornithological reserve and sand beaches. Great!
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