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The dolmen of Planas, Blandas

The dolmen of Planas, Blandas
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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: 2010-02-18
Categories: Nature, Architecture, Ruins
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/320 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Cromlechs & Dolmens, Vis valley and canyon, Megaliths [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-02-19 2:38
Viewed: 2617
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
February 18th, 2010
Blandas 300040 30770
Gard Languedoc-Roussillon
43.913 3.513 660 m

The dolmen of Planas, Blandas

One view.
Other view.

The dolmen is included in a monticule 12 meters in diameter and 2 meters height.
The room of the center made of dry stone walls, is covered with a flagstone of 3 meters/2,5 meters, and is accessible by corridor a 5 meters length open to South-west.

One finds on CAUSSE OF BLANDAS 25 dolmens, 55 menhirs, and also several cromlechs badly preserved. In 2009, speleologists discovered a cave remained closed during 5000 years and container of skulls and potteries.

_The CAUSSE DE BLANDAS is located in Languedoc-Roussillon in the department of Gard, is bordered in north by the valley of Arre river and the solid mass of the Cévennes, in the south by the valley of the VIS RIVER and CAUSSE du LARZAC. Its surface is of approximately 80 km², its altitude varies from 540 meters to 955 meters. It belongs to small causses, in opposition to GRANDS CAUSSES, large causses. One finds on causse of Blandas many megaliths: cromlechs, menhirs, and dolmens.

_The CAUSSE du LARZAC is vastest and southernmost of "GRANDS CAUSSES", large causses. Its 1000 km ² of plateau rise from 600 to 900 meters. It is limited to the North-East by Dourbie river which separates it from "Causse Noir", in the North-West the Tarn river separates it from the plateau of Lévézou, in the west it stops with the depression of Roquefort. Its surface is strewn with famous sites with the military orders, Knights of the Order of the Temple and Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem.

_The GRANDS CAUSSES, in the south of the Massif Central, are delimited in north by the plateau of "Aubrac", in the east by the Cévennes, the south by the plain of the "lodévois", in the west by the plateau of "Lévézou". These are plateaus limestones whose altitude varies from 700 to 1250 meters of altitude, and of surface going up to 1000 km².
The "Grands Causses" are formed by important "Causses of Larzac" (1000 km²), of "Sauveterre" (550 km²), "Méjean" (330 km²), and "Noir" (200 km²), but also of the causses "Comtal", "Rouge" and of "Sévérac", and many small peripheral causses like causses of "Mende", "Blandas", "Changefèges", "Bégon", etc… No waterway circulates on the surface of the plates, because the rainwater infiltrates in the karstic, generating networks of many swallow-holes and caves, to re-appear in the valleys. Geology of causses and the cévennes.

_ The VIS RIVER is a small river, abundant but very irregular. Supplied with its catchment area, its RISINGS can be extremely important. November 8, 1982, the maximum instantaneous flow was 542 m³, five hundred and forty two m³, a second, in Saint-Laurent-le-Minier for a rising hardly of a decennial nature, banal and by no means exceptional.
Tributary of Herault, a 30 km length. It takes its source on the Saint-Guiral mount in the solid mass of Aigoual. It disappears in the ground with Larcy whereas its flow reaches 50 l/s. Approximately 15 km further, it goes on surface in a RÉSURGENCE with Vissec, with the mill of Lafoux with a flow of 1200 to 2500 l/s. Its affluents are in major undergrounds part. the Vis erodes the basement, provocative constantly underground crumblings able to stop its course of the hours, even days, as in 1779, 1890, 1927 and 1961. Its exploration, appears difficult and dangerous in a water with 11° and a very strong current. The Vis then impressed its bed of surface in impressive CANYONS reaching 300 m of depth dug in plates limestones called causses, of which the Causse of Larzac, crossing the imposing site of the Circus of Navacelles. It follows its TORRENTIAL COURSE giving its energy to an electric micro-power station in Madières, and its purity with some pisciculture with trouts of quality, then is thrown in Herault in Ganges.
The freshness and the purity of the Vis river are appraisals, close to its CLASSIFIED FALLS.
Vis river descriptions.

BLANDAS is a French commune, located in the department of Gard of the Languedoc-Roussillon area, populated of 131 Blandassiens in 2008, distributed out of 37.5 km², that is to say 3.5 hab/km².

My images of Blandas.
My images of the Vis river canyon.

Copyright © All rights reserved. The use or the reproduction, on any media, for profit or not profit, of my photographs, including my photographs published in workshop, the notes or the texts, is prohibited without my written authorization. Joel Berthonneau.

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  • dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6075 W: 277 N: 11708] (90353)
  • [2010-02-19 2:53]

Bonjour Joel ,
Les dolmens et autres mégalithes sont des sujets interessants , mais souvent difficiles à photographier . Il faut quelques chose en plus : ici , c'est le ciel aux beaux nuages . Tout bon cadrage aussi , avec les différents arbres et buissons typiques du Causse .

very nice one Joel.
a fine shot here, good colors fine contrast, good format very nice photo job here, have a good weekend.
regard jaap

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  • Gerrit Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5832 W: 95 N: 9345] (52961)
  • [2010-02-19 3:22]

Hi Joël,
Fine prehistoric monument and a very good composition in good colors and light.
regards, gerrit

Hi Joel!
Very fine topic. Nice natural colors. Superb lightness and brightness. Very good exposure. Perfect sharp.
Good frame.
Greetings from Warszawa!

Hi Joel,
a beautiful photo from this ancient place with spectacular composition and interesting note. The colours and lights are very nice, the environment is beautiful, Tfs! Have a nice day!

Bonjour Joël!
Je ne sais pas pourquoi les gens ont l'habitude de penser que les monuments mégalithiques sont propres à la Bretagne ou autres pays celtiques!
Je me suis permise d'ajouter ta photo au thème de groupe d'"Adores", et là et dans d'autres thèmes dédiés aux mégalithes, on voit qu'il y en a partout dans le monde! Ta note nous dit bien qu'il y en a énormément sur le Causse de Blandas.
Merci donc pour cette contribution à l'inventaire des mégalithes du monde!
Jolie photo aux couleurs d'hiver ensoleillé!
On voit bien la formation du dolmen et son entrée dans la chambre mortuaire!
Merci du partage!
Marie Louise.

Bonjour Joël,

La prise de vue dirige mon regard vers l'entrée du dolmen et vers la montagne ce qui donne de la profondeur à la composition. Les arbres et la végétation cadrent bien le dolmen. Le ciel partiellement nuageux met en valeur les couleurs de l'image. Bonne journée.


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  • paura Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7884 W: 56 N: 6322] (45351)
  • [2010-02-19 5:48]

As cores estão uma beleza aqui. Uma linda fotografia desse ambiente muito agradável.



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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 13790 W: 0 N: 16043] (169086)
  • [2010-02-19 6:06]

Hello Joël,

Très intéressant, ce dolmen, tu as très bien donné l'échelle à cette pierre et entrée avec ce ciel, la végétation, sueprbe iamge, pas facile à composer et à re-transmettre, on a vriament envie de pénétrer dnas la chambre, sueprbe.

bravo et amitié


Olá, Joel!
Um local bem interessante e muito bonito. A composição é maravilhosa e os elementos bem visíveis e bem definidos. Ótimo registro, parabéns!
Grande abraço.

Hi Joël,
This is a very interesting picture and also a very interesting note. And at least a place in Europe without snow;) I realise that there are still many places to discover in this region!
Kind regards

Bonjour Joël,
Félicitations pour ces trois photos remarquables de ce dolmen. C'est un exercice difficile et tu t'en es très bien tiré. Tu as su profiter de la belle lumière et d'un très beau ciel.
Bonne soirée !

Ciao Joel,
intéressante l'histoire de cette place, comme tu réussis toujours à trouver des endroits inconnus et à nous les présenter si bien comme un documentaire, merci pour ce grand travail que tu fais

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  • Charo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5142 W: 58 N: 12086] (51212)
  • [2010-02-19 17:16]

Bonsoir Joël,
Les dolmens sont des édifices, que son utilité a eu beaucoup de spéculations en Espagne a un bon nombre d'entre eux.
Excellente composition avec la lumière optimale et de détail. La journée était idéal pour les photos, avec ces nuages comme attractif.
Bonne fin de semaine et merci pour vos félicitations sur Facebook.

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14246 W: 1033 N: 28513] (135656)
  • [2010-02-19 22:25]

Bonjour Joel

There are dozens of dolmens on Ganghwa Island, not far from where I'm living in Korea. I really should go over there one weekend, after the snow melts, & photograph some of them. This has whetted my appetite for the time being. Tfs. Bon weekend!

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  • siolaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4829 W: 629 N: 10303] (38294)
  • [2010-02-20 19:50]

Bonjour Joël
Voilà un endroit entonnant! Les environs n'ont pas l'air d'avoir beaucoup changé depuis le temps où ce monument était en activité... Lumière et couleurs sont excellentes, et la définition générale est bonne

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  • Vasa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2208 W: 0 N: 95] (515)
  • [2010-02-21 13:48]

La photo m'a ammene vers ta note et je l'ai lue a la lettre. Un vrai theme visuel en textuel. Merci de ton choix Joel. On a LR dans le coeur.


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