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Windmill of Larzac, St-Pierre-de-la-Fage

Windmill of Larzac, St-Pierre-de-la-Fage
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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: Architecture
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/500 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Causse du Larzac, Water mills, windmills [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-02-23 1:43
Viewed: 3186
Points: 76
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
February 18th, 2010
Saint-Pierre-de-la-Fage 340283 34520
Herault Languedoc-Roussillon
43.794 3.426 622 m

Windmill of larzac, Saint-Pierre-de-la-Fage

One view.
Other view.


Windmill renovated in 2006, in Saint-Pierre-de-la-Fage sur le CAUSSE DU LARZAC.

The windmills convert the kinetic energy of the wind into mechanical energy. It were used to actuate grinding stones, pumps, saws, etc...
The wings of the mill are supported by a tower, whose roof carrying the axis of the mill is directional in the case of the mill-turn.
If the whole tower is directional, one speaks then about mill on pivot or with candlestick. A typical mill of Anjou, compromised between the precedents, is called mill cavier. The orientation of the mill is done by pushing the tiller or tail of the mill.
The wings are generally in wood some and covered with canvas. The rotational movement of the horizontal axis of the mill is transmitted to a vertical axis by a whole of gears, the wheel, often manufactured out of wood of various gasolines chosen for their resistance.

The windmill appeared in the East, Egypt and Iran. First mention of windmill in France, date of 1170, in a charter of the town of Arles. The Netherlands are probably the country which counted the greatest number of windmills.
The windmills were used incidentally as semaphores. Ansi, during the wars of the Vendée, the wings of the windmills of Mont des Alouettes indicated to Vendean the positions and movements of the republican troops.

_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 windmills inspired many great writers and among them:

ALPHONSE DAUDET, 1840-1897, who wrote in "the secrecy of Cornille Master", "Letters of My Mill":
"... Sunday we went to the mills, by bands. Up there, the millers paid the muscatel. The millers were beautiful like queens, with their rotten of laces and their gold crosses. Me, I brought my fifre, and until the black night one danced of the farandoles. These mills, you see, made the joy and the richness of our country."

RENE BAZIN, 1853-1932, whose Herve Bazin, also writer, were the great nephew, who wrote in connection with the mills of Poitou in "the mill which does not turn any more":
"... The least breeze, which crossed, met it. One did not have any, to make transfer the white wings, that what it is necessary so that the corns glisten, so that a stem of dandelion loses its seeds. A storm made it insane. During the winter, when the wind of north blew, the miller tightened all the fabric, and left only the frame out of rods of chestnut which was enough to turn the grinding stone, and nicely, I assure you."

SAINT-PIERRE-DE-LA-FAGE is a French commune located in the department of Herault, the Languedoc-Roussillon area, populated of 87 Saint-Pierrais in 1999, distributed on 19 km², that is to say 5 hab./km².

My images of Saint-Pierre-de-la-Fage.

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Hello Joël,
The dramatic sky makes a great backdrop for the mill; whilst the little gravel path draws the viewer towards it. Pleasing natural colours and very good sharpness.

Bonjour Joël
Tu as l'air de nous dénicher et de nous faire profiter de toutes les jolies choses de ta région. La prise en contre-plongée, le ciel nuageux mettent en valeur ce joli moulin.
Merci pour le partage et bonne journée.

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  • BennyV Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2445 W: 34 N: 4409] (24789)
  • [2010-02-23 2:22]

Bonjour Joel,

Good capture of the windmill under that dark sky. I know it was taken in February, but it's autumn that this shot reminds me of. Perfect pov with the winding sandy path leading into the scene and a good choice of format too. Nice one!


very nice composition this nice windmill. very good POV. the way to the windmill is great. well done

Bonjour Joel
un ciel de contraste sur ce moulin rénové et très joli, une trouée de ciel bleu, néanmoins une bonne luminosité pour profiter de ce superbe moulin
merci de tes ws et note

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  • dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6092 W: 277 N: 11813] (91052)
  • [2010-02-23 2:42]

Bonjour Joel ,
le vieux moulin est très beau . Et la courbe de chemin très jolie . MAis ce que j'aime le plus , c'est ce ciel magnifique . Et quelle netteté !

Hello Joel.
Beautiful windmill on the beautiful photography, great dark clouds in the sky, very natural colours, congratulations.
Regards Robert.

very nice photo Joel,
good composition fine perspective, good balance, very good contrast with the dark sky, I like the format to, have a nice day.
regard jaap

Hi Joel,
a picturesque photo from this old windmill, the composition is attractive and nicely balanced, the stormy sky add a lot to the romantic atmosphere. Beautiful shot, Tfs! Have a nice day!

Ma si trova proprio di tutto in questa Languedoc-Roussillon! Pure un mulino a vento!
Sembra una foto olandese di carper! (:-) ma mancano la neve o i tulipani! (:-)
Mi piace molto il contrasto col cielo scuro e le textures del muro di pietra. L'immagine è molto pulita e luminosa, con tanti particolari interessanti come il tetto di legno da cui esce quello strano palo in diagonale, che forse serve a sostenere il meccanismo delle pale. Très agreable.


Bonjour Joël,

Le sentier envoie mon regard vers le moulin ce qui donne de la profondeur à la composition. Elle permet aussi de voir les détails et les couleurs de l'architecture du moulin. Le ciel gris menacant donne un bon contraste aux couleurs. Bonne journée.


salut Joel,
très belle la vue de ce vieux moulin , tu as trouvé ici un ciel spectaculaire à faire au fond. intéressant l'explication technique des moulins.

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  • belido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5207 W: 315 N: 5056] (19934)
  • [2010-02-23 6:36]

Bonsoir Joël,

un bon sujet choisi et le moment juste pour la capture ne peuvent pas résulter en rien différent d'une agréable photographie. La lumière est le point de proéminence dans cette composition. Beau registre!

Bonjour Joel!
Very pretty pastel colors. In addition, however strong contrasts. Very good point of view, engages in the eye for the straight road to the mill. The rain clouds give a nice contrast. Just Don Quiote missing. :-)
Sincerely, Csaba

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  • Charo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5142 W: 58 N: 12086] (51212)
  • [2010-02-23 7:32]

Salut Joël,
Cette usine a une certaine ressemblance avec celles de La Mancha.
L'image, avec le ciel couvert de nuages noirs et le soleil illuminant le moulin, est magnifique.
Excellent point de vue et les couleurs.

Salut Joel,
i love windmills, this is a very nice one. The POV with the small way and the fence is good composed. The sky is dramatic. Very good, tfs
best wishes

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15712 W: 159 N: 27487] (144170)
  • [2010-02-23 9:24]

Bonjour Joel
Une autre belle image du moulin mais ici pris sous un ciel dramatique, excellent POV et lumière parfaite, belle série de cette région, bon WS aussi, mais celle est top
Très belle soirée

Hi Joël,
Windmills are always very good motives! Here you have found a particularly goodlooking example. I didn´t know there were such beautiful windmills in France, this one looks quite Spanish in my eyes. Still, this is a very well balanced composition where you also take advantage of all the colours of the cloudy sky. A very enjoyable image!
Kind regards

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  • TopGeo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4033 W: 93 N: 8299] (38220)
  • [2010-02-23 14:55]

Joel, A picture that impresses the composition and the place of frame with the spectacular light gives the interesting opposition first level with BG! very likeable gunfire! Excellent note and work! Good capture of the windmill under that dark sky.

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  • Vasa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2208 W: 0 N: 95] (515)
  • [2010-02-23 15:41]

Jusque-la, c'est la troisieme photo de ce charmant moulin. Deuxieme avec ta signature. Et, je suis fier de te dire, Joel, celle-ci est la plus seduisante. Pour la raison du gris qui se cache dans la palette. Et que tu sais tellement bien creer dans tes images. Encore bravo et merci,


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  • edge Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 757 W: 34 N: 2205] (7409)
  • [2010-02-23 17:16]

Bonjour Joel, This is a very attractive landscape with the windmill dominating the scene. I like your use of the path to lead one's eyes to the center of the picture, the windmill. The heavy cloud cover seems to accentuate the arms of the mill with its stunning rock formed body. Again, excellent and infomative notes. TY. Regards, Roger

Très joli moulin et belle composition pour le mettre encore plus en valeur sur ce fond de ciel gris qui a consenti juste une petite trouée pour éclairer joliment le beau bâtiment.

salut joel
un moulin au meme style que celui de cucugnan bien mis en valeur par ce ciel chargé et lumiére douce

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14077 W: 0 N: 16143] (171732)
  • [2010-02-24 2:51]
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Hello Joël,

Très belle vue sur ce moulin, el chemin nous y mène et fait uen très belle approche dans un ciel fantastique gris et aux belle formes, le contrste entre le brun de la barrière et la coupole du moulin, sueprbe.

Bravo et amitié


Hello Joel,
An idyllic and romantic capture & subject. I like the colors ans the clouds in the background. Regards. Latiff.

le Larzac... voila une region où j'aimerai randonner ( je garde en memoire donc toutes les riches infos que tu nous donnes encore...)....quel beau moulin lumineux qui ressort si bien sous ce ciel gris...
peut-etre n'aurai-je pas garder tant de chemin devant?
une belle reussite

Ola Joel ,
Que linda composição com este moinho , lindos os detalhes das velas de madeira , achei magnifico o céu com as nuvens carregadas de cinza, boas cores e luz , bom ponto de visão ,parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo

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  • s_lush Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1962 W: 47 N: 4467] (16602)
  • [2010-02-24 5:37]

Hello Joël,
This windmill looks very impressive against the so dramatic sky. The contrast between the sun-lighted windmill and the gray clouds is perfect. A very good moment, excellent composition and incredibly high quality!
Best regards,

Hi Joel,
That's a beautiful photo!
I like very much the architecture of this mill. It is really unique. The composition is excellent: the path in the foreground nicely leads the eye to the mill. And of course the sky is fantastic -so dramatic, so beautiful. The dark clouds make an excellent background for the well lit mill.
Beautiful work,

Hi Joel
the low point of view is great here, with the sand walkway twisting to meet up with the windmill.
light management is fantastic, and sharpness as well evidenced by the stones and testured rooftop.
has a sense of strenght.
Great work

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11919 W: 126 N: 21550] (110407)
  • [2010-02-24 14:02]
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Salut Joel,j'aime beaucoup les moulins,je me souvien ceux de Mykonos et Bodrum,et ta photo est vraiment bien compose',avec la meilleure lumiere et une parfaite nettete',le ciel est extraordinaire,selon moi les couleurs sont un peu faibles,et c'est pas la 1ere fois,c'est ta choix ou il y a quelque chose a reguler sur ton monitor? Mes compliments,bonne journee',Luciano

This is a nicely composed shot with the curving path leading the eye into the shot. The angle of the windmill is nice giving the shot depth and direction. The lighting and colors are great as is the photo's sharpness. The dark sky provides nice contrast for the brightly lit shot.

Dobar dan, kod nas dugo pada kisa.
Odlican motiv, dobar tekst i novo saznanje, pravi trenutak, lepe boje i fotografija, prednji plan i oblaci isticu vetrenjacu i njenu lepotu, svidja mi se vas rad.
Prijatan dan, Paja.


Bonne journée, nos longues pluies.
Excellent thème, un bon texte, et de nouvelles connaissances, le moment venu, de belles peintures et photographies, l'avant-plan et les nuages se détachent des moulins à vent et sa beauté, j'aime bien votre travail.
Belle journée, Paja.

Bonjour Joël,

Comment avais-je pu laisser passer celle-là? Je suis davantage habitué aux moulins à vent flamands ou hollandais où ils constituent des éléments "habituels" du paysage mais ces moulins du Sud ne manquent pas non plus d'allure. excellent POv avec ce petit chemin qui donne de la profondeur et guide notre regard.
De bells couleurs tendres sous un ciel qui lui aussi évoque les Flandrs et les Pays-Bas.

Bonjour Joel.
This picture is very good and the wind mill look wonderful.
Very interesting form of it.
Congratulations and friendly regards.Alin.

Excellent capture of this windmill
simple and delicate shot full of beauty
a shot is one thousand words
excellent landscape,great lightness and sharpness

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  • danos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13700 W: 295 N: 27475] (110383)
  • [2010-02-26 0:38]
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Bonjour Joel,
nice the perspective of the earthy road lead-in the eye to this windmill of Larzac.I like the composition but i'd like to see it with more contrast, as the Ws i did.

Have a nice day,Danos

Bonjour Joel

A fantastic shot of this beautiful windmill. YOu have great light and a dramatic sky to create a stunning landscape. Excellent composition.


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