Here is an evocative series of images from the State Natural Reserve of Lake Burano in Capalbio, Tuscany.
The beautiful reserve in Grosseto’s Maremma also includes a WWF Oasis – the first one ever established by the famous nature preservation global organization.
Considered a wetland of international importance, the Reserve of Lake Burano extends over some 400 hectares – over half of which are taken up by the lake, which in fact is a large salty-water pond surrounded by small woods of cork and oak trees, sand dunes, Mediterranean scrub, cane thickets and small bodies of water.
A summertime visit to this beautiful and pristine “hortus conclusus” – under the watchful eye of the 16th-century Buranaccio coastal tower – will easily make you forget the crowded beaches in Capalbio and Argentario, just a few hundred meters away.
Here, between vegetation, wind and sea, you can enjoy the shy presence of pink flamingos, cormorants, coots and many other bird species. If you are really careful, you might even sense the even more silent presence of porcupines, wild boars and foxes.
Photos via © Grazia Frizzetta