Friday, 16 April 2010

Étang de Montady

Étang de Montady
The Étang de Montady is an amazing wheel-like arrangement of fields West of Béziers. It was formed in the XIIIc by draining a stagnant marsh  by building a series of radial ditches all leading to a central sump and from there into an underwater aqueduct which led the surface water away for over a kilometre to the South. The drainage system is still functioning today and the radial appearance of the fields is very obvious. You can see an aerial photo in Google Maps here.
(Canon EOS450D, Sigma 17-70mm @ 23mm, 1/640s @  f/5.6, series of 6 portrait format photos stitched in Canon Photostitch)

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