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Boatwomen of the marsh, Maillezais

Boatwomen of the marsh, Maillezais
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Copyright: joel berthonneau (jlbrthnn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 7303 W: 0 N: 22961] (76039)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-14
Categories: Daily Life, Nature
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/8, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Poitevin Marsh, Marais Poitevin, Stunners II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-02-11 1:25
Viewed: 2611
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
July 14, 2008
Maillezais 850133 85420
Vendée Pays-de-la-Loire
46.373 -0.738 6 m

Boatwomen of the marsh.

Landing stage of the Abbey, to Maillezais in the marsh poitevin says Venice Verte.

One sight
Other sight

The sea occupied there is 8000 years all the golf of Pictons.
The 95 000 hectares of the Poitevin Marsh, were built by the marine currents and the alluvia brought by the rivers and rivers. Since the Neolithic era, the resources were exploited there. Salt, fishing, the breeding were developed there until the time Gallo Romaine. With the Middle Ages began great work of draining and installation under the impulse of the abbeys, like the abbaye bénédictine of Maillezais. They continued in particular under Henri IV and the second empire. It was necessary and it is still necessary, to contain the effects of the sea and evacuate surface waters of a marsh often to the lower part of the open seas.
On the whole thousands of kilometers of channels of all sizes, drains, ditches, conches, were dug.

The marshes are divided into two, the desiccated marshe of 47.000 hectares, the wet marshe known as "La Venise Verte", Green Venice of 29.000 hectares. 19000 hectares partially desiccated should be added.
The pressure of agriculture and the catastrophic and total change of climate, lead a difficult existence to the Poitevin marsh.
Le Marais Poitevin

Maillezais is une commune française, located in the department of the Vendée of the Pays-de-la-Loire area, populated of 934 Mallacéens in 1999, distributed on 20 km², that is to say 46 hab./km².

“Insula Malleacensis”, island of the Gulf of Pictons, ancestor of the Poitevin marsh, in XIe century became Maillezais located in the middle of the Marsh poitevin wet, also called "Venise Verte", Green Venice. A first monastery was built, then a second at the beginning of XIe century : the Benedictine abbey Saint-Pierre de Maillezais, set up in diocese in 1317 by the Pope, remained it until his transfer of diocese to La Rochelle in 1666.

François RABELAIS, died in 1553, born in 1483 or 1494 close to Chinon in Touraine, was monk preaching friar franciscain since 1520 with Fontenay-the-Account, in the Vendée, then in 1524 monk Benedictine and secretary of the Abbot until 1526, in Maillezais. During its years spent in the Poitevin Marsh, Rabelais impregnated habits and language of the inhabitants, from which he will write his works. It took off the monastic dress in 1528.

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Hello Joel
Job is job and this is nice soround for working
Good ,somehow ,hiden shot

Hello Joël,
A very moody image. I like this study in light and shadow. Thanks for sharing.

Hi Joel,
The whirling water and the letters covering the sight partly indicate the romantic mood of the place. The composition "bushy", but this gives back the mood of the marsh to me. Thank you for sharing!
Have a nice day!

ciao Joel,
mi piace molto il gioco di luci ed ombre con la ragazza semi nascosta dalla vegetazione.
Un ottimo lavoro che mette in risalto la calma del posto
buona giornata

nous faisions avec les enfanst un tour en VTT dans le marais et au detour d'un sentier ne nous voila pas face à ce style pont!!!mais sans baotwomen!!!
il a fallu passer les velos 2 par 2 puis les cycistes...un super souvenir ...
ta photo rend bien l'ambiance du marais poitevin, l'eau verte, les arbes tres presents...
je trouve les branches peut-etre un peu trop presents mais la photo est tout de meme tres reussie
bonne journée

Salut Joel,
Une tranche de vie sympa.
L'ensemble est un peu fouillis et sans contraste, mais la scène est agréable.
Bonne journée,

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24413 W: 523 N: 40840] (175730)
  • [2009-02-11 4:30]

Hello Joël,

Almost a summer picture with a lot green to the trees.
Also the boat woman can we very difficult see.
You play very well with light and shadows.
I like this effect.
Very well done, TFS.

Best regards,

une tres belle photo de ces batelières (vues dans tes ws très réussis et que j'apprécie) et là cette nature avec lumière et ombre; c'est vrai que ces marais sont superbes avec toute la végétation

Bonsoir Joël.
Mysterieuse combien il faut.
Grande nétteté encore que l'image a été tirée a 1/60me de second.
Et grande profondeur aussi (voir les feuilles au plan rapproché), merci la choix du f/8,
Bravo et amitiés.

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  • Kielia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2514 W: 0 N: 6733] (24077)
  • [2009-02-11 10:25]

Bonsoir Joel,
very fascinating place and a wonderful capture. The green colors are very pleasant but it is actually the light that makes this image very attractive. YOur note is excellent and very interesting. TFS!
Warm regards

salut joel
un endroit surement plein de charme mais je trouve que là tu n'as pas trouvé le meilleur POV et cadrage dans cette photo, je suis surpris tu m'as habitué a mieux, le visage est caché la barque est centré, y avait-il un autre POV un poil décalé?

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  • Charo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5142 W: 58 N: 12086] (51212)
  • [2009-02-11 13:36]

Bonsoir Joël,
A tout à fait unique avec la capture d'une image. Excellente précision et une bonne maîtrise de la lumière dans cette image est pleine de fraîcheur.

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  • Vasa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2208 W: 0 N: 95] (515)
  • [2009-02-11 15:50]
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Bien interessant et autant original. Le calme et le mysterieux ensemble. Le vert tres seduisant. J'aime bein, Joel,


Bonjour Joël,

Les branches cadrent bien la batelière et elles cachent son visage qui sera le secret du photographe. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails et les couleurs du bateau. La lumière fait ressortir les couleurs de la scène. La photo donne un e sensation d'attente. Bonne journée.


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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 13818 W: 0 N: 16050] (169358)
  • [2009-02-12 9:23]

Hello Joël,

mangigique iamge, de ce bâtelier, un tradition à garder absulument, cela doit est fantastique de se promener dans des si beaux endroits, superbe.

Bravo et amitié


Seems to be like a jngle. Excellent sharpness allows us to see details of the beautiful nature. Well done.
Best wishes,

Bonsoir, Joël,
une jolie scène, la lumière et les ombres créent une atmosphère très intéressante, et les éléments sont bien organisés. J'aime bien les branches en pendant devant la femme, et la diagonale de la passerelle.
Un graphisme excellent dans ta composition.

This is an amazing show of an extraordinary, professional style photography...

Every inch of it...

The compo, the cropping, the sublime, well saturated and professionally distinguished - colors.
The main motive - the paddle - yet another masterpiece within masterpiece itself.

My only objection?
The boat should be painted blue and you should tell that about to the owner of the boat (unless you are the owner - then, I'd strongly suggest to put the camera aside for several years and take care of the boat)
Why paint it blue..?
Because the blue blends quite well with the beige-green and pinko-magenta - that's why...

A piece of art to remember... A very, very long time to remember...

Keep doing the good work, Joel pal.



BTW: Grossly underrated photo...!!!


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