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Swans of herault river, Valleraugue

Swans of herault river, Valleraugue
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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: 2009-09-27
Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Architecture
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Herault valley and canyon [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-11-23 1:45
Viewed: 3877
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
September 27th, 2009
Valleraugue 300339 30570
Gard Languedoc-Roussillon
44.083 3.633 436 m

Swans of Hérault river, Valleraugue

One sight.
Other sight.

At the confluence of Herault and Clarou rivers, the temple of Valleraugue built in 1853.

Wikipedia taught me that the swans, the largest family members of the Anatidae duck, have the largest number of cervical vertebrae of all the vertebrate ones.
I also learned that the swans can remain all their life couples some during which they have many cygnets, and are thus regarded as a symbol of the love or fidelity.
The swan, as a sign of its death, would sing more extremely for its last moments.

The Ugly Duckling, in french, written in 1842, by Hans Christian Andersen, (1805-1875), novelist, playwright, Danish poet.

At the confluence of Herault and Clarou rivers, the temple of Valleraugue built in 1853.

At the confluence of Herault and Clarou rivers, Valleraugue is at foot of the AIGOUAL MOUNT, granitic mountain in the south-east of the Massif-Central, culminating point of Gard to 1565 m and second culminating point of Lozere after the mount Lozere 1699 m. It is remarkable by his panorama, its climatology. In clear weather, one discovers on 300 km around, the Mediterranean, the mount Lozere, the Mounts of the Cantal, the Pyrenees, the Alps, and the large causses and the surrounding Cevennes.
A station météorologique was built there of 1887 to 1894, as a strong castle. Its weather observatory is the last in France with being occupied by the men. The climatic conditions are very hard, Aigoual receives on average 2,5 m of rain per annum. In addition to one table of orientation, the station proposes a museum on the history of meteorology.
The watershed between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean crosses the summit part of the Aigoual mount. Several rivers take there their source of which HERAULT.

HERAULT is a coastal river of south of France of 160 km length. It takes its source in the department of Gard, in the mountain of Aigoual to 1228 m of altitude. It is thrown in the Mediterranean in Agde in the department of Herault. It crosses a catchment area of 2900 km². Its very irregular flow is of 52 m3/s on average annual, but can reach 4000 m3/s at the time of strong risings.
After having been a descending torrent of the important slopes, it slips and is boxed in a valley bored in limestones of causses, then is spread out a little in the coastal plain. Its very irregular course and sometimes very violent one is not easy to domesticate. One finds however there some old forgotten mills, built like fortresses to resist the fury of his spectacular risings.

Valleraugue is a French commune, located in the department of the Gard of the Languedoc-Roussillon area, populated of 1009 Valleraugois in 1999, distributed on 79 km², that is to say 12 hab./km².

Sericiculture made at the XIXème century richness of the village. The old magnaneries and spinning mills are frequent in the Cevennes valleys.

My images of Valleraugue.

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Hi Joel!
Wonderful belfry and amazing swans. Good composition. Superb light and colors. Good shot. Good frame.
Greetings from Warszawa!

Hi Joel,
what an idyllic sight, this is a beautiful photo of this picturesque place, the composition is very attracive, the swans adds a lot to the mood, the architectural details are beautiful. A splendid shot, Congratulations. Have a nice week!

Salut Joël!
C'est une photo merveilleuse!
La netteté, la gestion de la lumière, la profondeur, les couleurs, le point de vue, le format carré e la composition sont vraiment excellents!
J'adore ces cygnes du premier plan! L'architecture des bâtiments est belle et intéressante! L'endroit me semble très agréable et joli! J'ai envie d'y aller!
Merci du partage!
Bonne semaine!

Hello Joël,
A splendid point of view to encompass both sides of the river and the elegant swans in the foreground, which help lead us into the scene. It makes for a nicely balanced composition. Good colours and sharpness.

Hello Joel.
I enjoyed reading your note about the swans, as well as the Herault river. Of course, if you it were in Australia, the swans would be black! But here on the Herault the white ones look beautiful, heading directly towards the bridge. Your photo really makes the town look delightful, with the gentle early autumn light and the first signs of autumn in the leaves. A gentle breeze is stirring the water. That is a very impressive looking bell-tower, too. The colours look very natural and the saturation and contrast are restrained. Nicely done.

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14084 W: 0 N: 16149] (171804)
  • [2009-11-23 3:01]

Hello Joël,

Deux beau cyagnes blanc donnent encor un plus à l'image, avec le bel arbre qui entoure le clocher, on voit bien la cloche et le pont en ovale, grandiose.

bravo et amitié


Hello Joel,
This is a beautiful capture of this September scenery. A marvellous picture, with superb lighting, and contrast
Best wishes,

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  • Gerrit Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5783 W: 95 N: 9355] (52989)
  • [2009-11-23 5:48]

Hi Joël,
great compo and a beautiful spot. The swans are the cherry on the cake.
regards, gerrit

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  • dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6092 W: 277 N: 11813] (91054)
  • [2009-11-23 6:13]

Bonjour Joel ,
Un cadre magnifique , avec une jolie lumière et un ciel interessant . Les cygnes mublent agréablement l'eau sombre du premier plan .

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  • diomed Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1270 W: 32 N: 2491] (13926)
  • [2009-11-23 6:30]

Ciao Joel,
bellissima la visione di questo paesaggio fluviale con splendidi cigni ed un'atmosfera da favola.
Splendidi colori e grande profondità.
Buona giornata

La confluenza tra questi due fiumi crea un piacevole ambiente che ricorda un laghetto. Mi piace il POV da cui l'hai preso che mostra bene entrambe le rive in una composizione essenziale e ben inquadrata. I cigni sono un ottimo punto focale e allo stesso tempo danno profondità alla foto. Bello anche il contrasto tra la luce che illumina l'acqua e i palazzi e il cielo nuvoloso. Un angolo molto carino di questo paese sconosciuto.

Buona serata,

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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 0 N: 531] (4028)
  • [2009-11-23 6:51]

Bonjour joel,

Une trés jolie composition romantique avec ces deux cygnes. Belle netteté d'image et les couleurs sont d'un naturel, les details sont superbes.
Un excellent POV.
Du trés bon travail.
Une bonne semaine a toi.

Hi Joël,
Many of these pictures from you were an inspiration when planning our October visit to the Cévennes, we considered Hôtel les Bruyères here... Well, you can´t have everything. However this is a very beautiful image and looks like a very pleasant place! Next time...
Kind regards

Hôtel les Bruyères

Tu as attendu pile-poil le bon moment pour avoir ces deux cygnes très bien placés pour meubler le "vide" relatif du premier plan. Une très bonne composition avec de beaux tons d'image.

salut joel
ah oui il y a de l'eau c'est pas comme en été, c'est bien chargé, un angle bien rendu avec ces cygnes, qui occupent le premier plan, bon boulot

bonjour Joël
cette vue sur la rivière est très agréable,les cygnes et tous les arbres lui donnent beaucoup de charme!La texture de l'éau est superbe!

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  • Vasa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2208 W: 0 N: 95] (515)
  • [2009-11-23 9:56]

Tu brillait deja a Vallerauque, Joel. Et c'est une des plus belles maintentant. Les cygnes sont des vraies vedettes. Le vrai spectacle romantique. J'aime beaucoup.


Ciao Joel,
un oasi di tranquillità, una bella vista su questo villaggio, mi piace la chiesa nascosta dagli alberi che emege con il suo campanile, i due cigni sono un tocco di classe.

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  • ifege Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 892 W: 77 N: 2612] (12181)
  • [2009-11-23 16:46]

A beautifully composed and photographed scene Joel.
The swans provide good balance in the wide expanse of water.

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  • toto Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2832 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2009-11-23 21:37]

belle photo de ce couple de sygnes blanc.
Bel ensemble de batiment vers qui le regard est enmené par ce couple d' amoureux.
Jolies couleurs, belle glise et pont magnifique.

Amitiés Thomas

Bonjour Joël.
Belle composition avec les cygnes qui font un bon point d'accroche ! Un village qui semble jouir d'une paix sereine à l'image de ces beaux volatiles.

Vasim dobrim tekstovima ucite nas istoriji vase zemlje a dobrim fotografijama prikazujete nam lepote. Fotografija ima sve dobro.
Prijatan dan, sve najbolje, Paja.

Salut Joel
Le lieu semble paisible,ces deux oies ont l'air de nous montrer le chemin,j'aime bien ce petit clocher bien casé en haut à gauche,le bouquet masquant une partie de l'église était déjà bien avancé dans son jaunissement automnal.Elle est superbe ta région.
Bonne soirée

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  • belido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5207 W: 315 N: 5056] (19934)
  • [2009-11-25 2:55]

Bonjour Joël,

je crois que les options photographiques dans les villages français sont interminables. Très jolie scène avec ces cygnes en faisant l'invitation. L'encadrement de l'architecture est parfait et la clarté me satisfait beaucoup. Excellent!

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  • JCG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5328 W: 737 N: 9440] (35153)
  • [2009-11-25 3:26]

Bonjour Joël,

Une bien belle et intéressante série de photos sur la ballade nonchalante de ces cygnes sur l'Hérault, qui semblent toutefois te regarder du coin de l'oeil !!! Ces deux volatiles nous emmènent agréablement jusqu'à ce joli pont au loin qui, à son tour, nous amène jusq'à ce temple sur la gauche. Bonne construction d'image dont j'apprécie aussi les qualités notamment lumière et netteté. Bravo et merci pour ta note toujours intéressante.

Avec toutes mes amitiés et une très bonne journée,


bonjour Joel
en regardant ta photo, nous suivons ces cygnes qui nous emmènent au fil de l'eau vers ce joli pont que l'on aperçoit; une belle église sur la gauche, un cadrage très soigné et une note sur les cygnes, le rappel du vilain petit canard et sur la station météorologique; un vrai guide et des notes complètes et de beaux ws

Bonsoir Joël,

Ces cygnes entraine mon regard vers le pont et l'immeuble en arrière-plan ce qui donne de la profondeur à la composition. Les arbres cadrent bien l'église et les immeubles. Ce ciel nuageux envoie une lumière qui donne un bon contraste aux couleurs. Bonne soirée.


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