Thank you Jennifer, for the One Word Photo Challenge: Copper. It’s inspired me to process the photos that I took last summer at the ruins of the São Domingos Mine in the Alentejo, Portugal. Although much of the rock is “copper” colored, the reddish-brown hue, if I understand correctly, is due predominantly to iron content. Copper was extracted from the mine, along with a number of other minerals, from Roman times until 1966. 

This polluted, ecologically damaged site enigmatically exhibits both beauty and desolation. I intend to make a more detailed post about it, which will include more photos, in the near future.

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