Thursday, 30 September 2010

Hérault View 2

From near Douch looking towards the Vialais Valley
Another view of the Hérault landscape in early autumn.
(Canon EOS450D, Sigma 17-70mm @ 19.0mm, 1/800s @ f/6.3)

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Hérault view

View west from Rochers des deux vierges
Mostyn and I walked up to a spectacular viewpoint today, the "Rochers des deux vierges" (Rocks of the two virgins). A castle was built on the top of this dolomitic limestone outcrop in the 10th century. Very little remains now, but there is a small chapel. The photo shows the view to the west looking towards Mont Liausson and Pic de Vissou.
(Panasonic Lumix TZ10)

Saturday, 25 September 2010

Public Toilet, Sète

Typical, ornate public loo in Sète
Although the old "Pissoirs" are no longer found in most towns in France, some of the public toilets still have that French "Je ne sais quoi" about them!
(Panasonic Lumix TZ10)

Friday, 24 September 2010

Classic French Building, Sète

Town Building with Wrought-iron Balconies
I love the symmetry of this photo. Many of the buildings in this region have excellent wrought-iron balconies. This is just one of many in the interesting town of Sète.
(Panasonic Lumix TZ10)

Thursday, 23 September 2010

A Shovel Load of Fish

Newly landed fish in Sète
This shovel load of fish was in the process of being sorted in Sète this afternoon. Besides fish (Gilt-head Bream, Sea Bass, Red Mullet) there are Octopus, Cuttlefish, Scallops and Oysters among many others in this photo.
(Panasonic Lumix TZ10)

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Bridge, St-Étienne-d'Albagnan

Bridge over the R. Jaur at St-Étienne-d'Albagnan
I've always liked this elegant, single-track bridge over the River Jaur.
(Canon EOS450D, Sigma 17-70mm @ 17.omm, 1/800s @ f/6.3)

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Swallowtail caterpillar

Swallowtail caterpillar
This photo of a mature Swallowtail butterfly caterpillar on one of its food plants, Fennel, was taken near the river Orb in Hérépian.
(Panasonic Lumix TZ10)

Friday, 17 September 2010

Cirque de l'Infernet, St-Guilhem-le-Désert

Cirque de l'Infernet, looking towards St-Guilhem
The climb up onto the high Causse around St-Guilhem-le-Désert presents some awesome views. This view, looking back towards the village, was taken from above Les Fenestrelles.
(Panasonic Lumix TZ10)

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Les Fenestrelles, St-Guilhem-le-Désert

Les Fenestrelles
Our regular Tuesday walk took us back to one of our favourites, Les Fenestrelles at St-Guilhem-le-Désert. The walk follows a track from the village up the side of the Cirque de l'Infernet, which was originally constructed in the Middle Ages by the Monks of the Abbaye de Gellone in the village as a "transhumance" way to allow the transfer of flocks from the low, winter pastures to the high, summer pastures on the Causse de Larzac. The path eventually zig-zags up to a sheer rock face and to pass this the monks built this arched and buttressed path across. It is a magnificent achievement and well worth the climb.
(Panasonic Lumix TZ10)

Saturday, 11 September 2010

Red, Green and Blue

Tree growing on the "Ruffes"
The red sandstone (or "ruffes") rocks in the Salagou valley create a fascinating landscape. This contrast of colours took my eye yesterday while out walking with Mostyn.
(Panasonic Lumix TZ10)

Friday, 10 September 2010

Shimmering Salagou

Shimmering Salagou
An arm of the Lac du Salagou shimmering in the September sunlight. Taken from the top of Le Cayroux near Le Peuch.
(Panasonic Lumix TZ10 300mm equiv telephoto)

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Hills behind hills

Layered hills
On a slightly misty day the view south-east from Roc de l'Escayrou near Cambon shows the hills receding in tone into the distance.
(Panasonic Lumix TZ10)

Monday, 6 September 2010

Canal du Midi

Canal du Midi near Cers
Button is checking the waters in the Canal du Midi. These small bridges are typical of this stretch of the canal which is now used almost exclusively for pleasure boating.
(Panasonic Lumix TZ10)

Sunday, 5 September 2010

Wooden Russian Orthodox Church

The Russian Orthodox church near Sylvanès
This beautiful wooden construction was moved from the Kirov region to the north of Moscow to a site near Sylvanès in 1993. It was built in Russia, then dismantled and all the timbers numbered before being transported by railway to Millau and thence to this site in the forest of Pessalles between Le Fayet and Sylvanès. There it was reassembled by the same group of young Russians who had originally built the church.
(Canon EOS 450D, Sigma 17-70mm @ 28.0mm, 1/400s @ f/6.3)

Réservoir d'Avène

Réservoir d'Avène
A view of the Réservoir d'Avène. The water levels are low at the end of summer, perhaps 4 metres down on peak levels.
(Panasonic Lumix TZ10)

Friday, 3 September 2010

Aesculapian Snake

Aesculapian Snake Elaphe longissima
While out walking near Avène today I found this snake sunbathing on the path. Unlike most snakes, it didn't immediately move off giving me a chance to take a few photos. I was delighted that one of the photos caught the snake with its tongue out! This non-poisonous snake is a new species for me. This species is also associated with Greek Mythology and Medical History. It is said that the staff of Aesculapius has Elaphe longissima coiled around it and it appears on the medical symbol, the Rod of Aesclepius.
(Panasonic Lumix TZ10, flash)

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Ripening Blackberries

Ripening Blackberries near Hérépian
It's the time of year for the fruits of the hedgerow as well as for the grapes on the vines.
(Canon EOS450D, Tamron SP90mm, 1/2000s @ f3.2 ISO400)
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