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The previous day I'd been driving through Camargue - the nature reserve in the Rhône river delta - a great and flat landscape of marshy grounds and saltwater ponds, known for it's white horses, black bulls and occasional pink flamingos.

I was looking for the latter and had spotted just a few at a distance - surprisingly white, except for legs and beak, they walked around eating under great noise - but couldn't get close enough for a clear shot.

Somewhat disappointed I continued for an overnight stay in les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer and discovered the presence of yet another animal species - the mosquito!

The following day I continued into Languedoc-Roussillon and the beautiful and charming town of Aigues-Mortes - meaning Dead Waters - which is completely surrounded by a Middle Age wall. The town and the former port is now some 8 kms inland and as I later drove the road toward the sea and le Grau-du-Roi, I once more - to my big surprise - discovered flamingos.

On the right hand side in a large pond close to the road were several. I immediately stopped, this time leaping to the roof of the car, in order to get my pictures. And suddenly the amazing moment is there - one of them decide to leave and start running for take-off...

This is a wonderful opportunity and more than I'd ever hoped for. It's astonishing and more so, when I see that the wings are not pink but black and red!

And more were to follow...

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Post pro after scanning at 600dpi: Cropped, adjusted brightness -20 and contrast +20, saturation +30 and in reds +10 and cyans +15, resized for TE, USM 250/0.8/2, framed and saved for Web.

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