Bonaire in 100 photos – Salt pans colors

10 January 2022 by Casper Douma - Reading time: 2 minutes

Bonaire’s salt pans show a range of colors from pale pink to deep red. Depending on algae concentration and salinity, varying due to evaporation and salt concentration. These natural hues mark the stages of salt production. It creates a unique and photogenic landscape.

Different colors of Bonaire’s salt pans.

Bonaire’s salt pans offer a breathtaking color spectrum, a result of the natural processes involved in salt production. The colors range from pale pink to deep red, depending on the concentration of algae and the amount of salt in the water. In the shallower pans, we often see a pale pink hue, caused by the micro-algae Dunaliella salina, which thrives in salt-rich environments. As the water evaporates and the salt concentrates, the color deepens to rich shades of red. These color variations are not only fascinating to the eye, but also provide insight into the various stages of salt production. The presence of minerals and other organic materials contributes to this natural color palette, making Bonaire’s salt pans a unique and photogenic landscape.

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“Bon dia tur hende i bon bini na dushi Boneiru!”
My name is Casper Douma and I am a photographer. Since 2014 I’ve been living on this beautiful island, surrounded by a fringing reef. At first glance, you may see mostly cacti and drought, but Bonaire is a little gem if you get to know it better. I would like to take you on one of my photography tours to show you all the special places of Bonaire. In small groups of maximum 4 people I give you a unique look at the beauty of Bonaire. Became curious? Take a look at my website! I wish you a lot of fun on beautiful Bonaire.

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