07 November 2012

Cane sugar mill

Madeira has a secular tradition in the plantation of sugar cane for the purpose of producing white and raw sugar, and also sugar derivatives as bagasse and the famous sugar cane honey used profusely on the island's cuisine.
One of the oldest factories still laboring is located in the village of Calheta, on the South coast. With half-a-century of activity, the Sociedade dos Engenhos da Calheta is, today, a mixture of industrial unit and live museum, with daily visits by the tourists.
Sadly the sugar cane presses no longer operate with steam engines, having being replaced by electric ones a couple of years ago.
Funnels on the cane sugar mill of Calheta, on the South coat of Madeira.
Photo taken with Nikon D40X and cheap Nikkor AF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 G DX VR kit lens.
Post-processing in Adobe Photoshop CS3 and Lightroom.