The Incredible Salt Pans in Bonaire, Dutch Antilles – Caribbean

Over the next few blog posts I’ll be showing you some of my favourite photographs from around the small but interesting island of Bonaire, The Dutch Antilles in the southern Caribbean – not far from the coast of Venezuela in South America. These massive salt pans are an incredible pink colour due to the high concentration of Halophilic bacteria that thrive in super salty conditions.

 (Chris Ridley)

 (Chris Ridley)

 (Chris Ridley)

A number of African slaves, together with Indians & convicts harvested solar salt around Bonaire for the Dutch West India Company from 1636- these images show the incredibly grim slave living quarters, the tiny huts too short to even stand up in. The bright orange obelisk, one of many, was used to guide the trading ships towards the land to pick up the salt. From 1997, Cargill Salt is now one of the biggest industrial salt producers in the world, with most of the salt ending up in water softeners. [More info

 (Chris Ridley)