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Mystical symbols, st-pierre-de-la-fage

Mystical symbols, 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, Artwork
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Causse du Larzac, Water mills, windmills [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-03-14 3:33
Viewed: 3165
Points: 70
[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

Mystical symbols, Saint-Pierre-de-la-Fage

One view. March 12th, 2010.
Other view. March 12th, 2010.

wings, cross, of the windmill of Saint-Pierre-de-la-Fage

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.
Mills, bridges, locks, dams.

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Bonjour Joël
je suis impression par la lumière et par les détails dans cette image. La composition est bine pensée et le ciel gris permet de donner une très joli fond à ce moulin et à cette croix. Très belle image.

Hi Joel,
great composition, you took a splendid photo of this beautiful place, the clours and details are picturesque, the atmosphere of the photo is great, Tfs! Have a nice Sunday! Kellemes Vasárnapot!
George (György)

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  • dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6091 W: 277 N: 11813] (91048)
  • [2010-03-14 3:51]

Bonjour Joel ,
J'aimais déjà beaucoup la précédente sur le même sujet . Je me demande si je ne préfère pas celle-ci . Car on a en prime cette magnifique croix sculptée . Et toujours , bien sûr , cette sublime lumière et ce ciel fantastique .

hello Joel,

Une compo académique mais très reussie dans une belle lumière sous un ciel superbe.Bonne netteté pour une bonne lecture des détails.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24617 W: 523 N: 41317] (177562)
  • [2010-03-14 4:00]

Bonjour Joël,

I find the link to You tube very nice seen the mill in action.
you took a splendid photo of this beautiful place, the colors and details are picturesque
Good presented nice photo, good work.
You chose a very well angle this create good depth and perspective.
Colors are soft and attractive. TFS.

Best regards,

Bonjour Joël,

Sous un superbe ciel chargé, une composition à l'équilibre parfait et d'une grande efficacité: la croix à l'vanat-plan gauce et une persepctive ouverte à droite vers le magnifique moulin à vnet. Des étails, des contrastes forts, toute une ambiance magnifiquement rendue.
Excellent dimanche,

Greetings Joel.
Just for a few minutes we are on the same page in the gallery today!
Your shot is a very good composition, juxtaposing the windmill and the cross in a balanced way. The details in those stones are superb, and the light below the formidable dark sky is beautiful. I enjoyed seeing the You tube video! Lots of noise from the wind. It is a very well restored and maintained windmill.
Regards and have a pleasant Sunday - ours is nearly finished.

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  • KLB Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 946 N: 3826] (23723)
  • [2010-03-14 4:12]

Bonjour Joël

Vraiment superbe.
Ce qui frappe en premier quand on ouvre la vignette, outre la beauté des sujets évidemment, c'est la qualité remarquable du piqué. Saisissant.
La composition est très soignée : quelle bonne idée l'inclusion de cette croix dont les bras rappellent les ailes du moulin.
Le ciel orageux enveloppe le lieu d'une aura mystérieuse très opportun, et la lumière diffuse sublime les éléments. Un contraste de toute beauté.
Compliments, c'est encore une très belle photo.


Bonjour Joel!
Beautiful composition, ages one through környezetről.Extra sharpness, brilliant colors. Very good balance. I just do not understand what you're looking for a Celtic cross in France :-)
I wish you a good Sunday

Hello Joël,
The dramatic sky sets the mood for this fine composition. I like very much the inclusion of the old stone cross and its juxtaposition with the windmill. Good natural colours and excellent sharpness throughout.

Hi Joel,
very attractive composition. Beautiful cross in the foreground and a unique wind mill in the center with a spectacular dark clouds as a background. I like the DOF: everything is so crispy sharp that we can admire details and texture of both cross and windmill. The light was fantastic and consequently the colors and the mood of the photo.
Excellent work,

Banjour Joel

An amazing scene, a really beautiful composition with a dramatic sky. I wonder, what is the purpose of the timber at the back of the mill? Great sharpness and colours.


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  • s_lush Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1962 W: 47 N: 4467] (16602)
  • [2010-03-14 5:15]

Hello Joël,
This scene really is symbolic or even mystic, comprising several so impressive elements, which look great against the dramatic sky. The lighting and color contrast between the foreground and background is very strong, making the picture looking three-dimensional. Excellent job!
Best regards,

Bonjour Joël,

La croix dirige mon regard vers le moulin ce qui donne de la profondeur à la composition. La prise de vue permet de voir avec précision les détails et les couleurs de l'architecture du moulin. Le ciel menacant donne un bon contraste aux couleurs. Bon dimanche.


bonjour joël
le charme du moulin,l'inclusion de la croix et la disposition de ces 2 éléments,la splendide lumière,le ciel extraodinaire,font de cette photo une petite merveille!

This is a nicely composed shot using the monument in the foreground to provide balance and depth for the shot. The angle of the shot works well giving the scene a sense of depth and direction. The dark sky adds nice contrast for the brightly lit scene.

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  • lgir Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 621 W: 71 N: 1652] (7363)
  • [2010-03-14 10:42]

Bonjour Joel,

sous ce ciel gris, les contrastes et couleurs sont remarquables.
Sur un très joli POV, le piqué offre une composition d'une très belle qualité.
J'aime beaucoup.

Hi Joël,
All three version here are very good, but I understand your final choise. A very good and indeed well composed photo with the combined views of both mill and cross. A beautiful picture!
Kind regards

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  • Vasa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2208 W: 0 N: 95] (515)
  • [2010-03-14 18:19]

La combinaison de deux sujets est habile et contribue a la composition intriguante. Une atmosphere que j'aime rencontrer dans tes pages, Joel. Le gris dominant qui penche vers le bleu, c'est ce que j'aime bien. Merci et bonne courage dans la continuation,


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  • edge Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 757 W: 34 N: 2205] (7409)
  • [2010-03-14 19:19]

Bonsoir Joel, And yet another outstanding scene with this solid looking old windmill and the mystic stone formation beside it. Excellent composition and a very interesting series of notes to support the picture. Certainly a worthwhile sight to see and one that is very attractive to view. Great Work. Regards, Roger

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  • paura Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7887 W: 56 N: 3995] (27462)
  • [2010-03-14 20:06]

A exposição está muito boa, com ajustes de iluminação e corers muito adequados. Lindo trabalho.



Une très belle composition avec cette croix qui rappelle les ailes du moulin. La lumière est magnifique et met particulièrement bien en valeur la pierre et ce ciel gris s'harmonise particulièrement bien avec les matières. Excellente profondeur de champ. Du très beau travail!

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14065 W: 0 N: 16135] (171632)
  • [2010-03-15 1:40]


Fantastiqeu iamge, tout est net, de début à la fin, , cette belle coix de pierre, avec le moulin, ces ailes qui se détachens dans le ciel, la barrière de bois, fatnastique.

bravo et maitié


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  • ifege Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 887 W: 76 N: 2601] (12141)
  • [2010-03-15 1:59]

A superb one Joel
The cross and the wind mill stand out beautifully against the clouds.

Bonjour Joël,
Je suis très impressionné par l'excellente profondeur de champ qui fait que la croix du premier plan est aussi nette que le moulin. J'aime ce ciel chargé et la bonne lumière. Un régal !

Salut Joel,
Belle présentation avec cette composition et ces deux symboles, bonne netteté sur les deux plans, le ciel gris fait bien ressortir des points forts d'autant que la lumière est idéale pour donner de jolies teintes à la pierre.

salut joel
un moulin qui ressemble a celui de cucugnan dans le style une grosse profondeur avec la croix du premier plan et un contraste du ciel génial

Bonjour Joel
un très bon choix pour les deux symboles en effet; un ciel plus que chargé et qui assure un bon contraste avec la lumière au premier plan sur la pierre, ce moulin qui a été rénové comme le stipule ta note, un beau cadrage que tu as choisi

Salut Joel.
Genial ... composition fantastique, j'adore l'avant-plan avec la croix et le vieux moulin dans un plan moyen.
Cette merveille de la netteté est clairement visible les marques et les couleurs de mousse sur la croix, le ciel sombre et menaçant que la grande luminosité de l'usine et la traverser spéciaux.
Have a nice evening.

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  • Fante Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 615 W: 62 N: 1030] (5429)
  • [2010-03-17 1:36]

Hi Joel,
one word: wow. Amazing photo. Great idea. Just look this composition. Brilliant. Excelent POV and DOF. Very good sharpness. Nice light management. Real masterpiesce. Congratulations.
Regards, Sasko

another good shot of your hands Joel,
well taken shot, good composition, a pleasure to look at, very good photo job here, have a good day.
regard jaap

Bonjour Joel!

J'ai beaucoup aimé votre belle photographie, le cadrage et la composition de ses éléments, en particulier son contraste et de gibier à la couleur, la teinte totale ... et de la lecture de votre note que j'aimais encore plus me souvenir de mes années d'étudiant quand j´ai lu français à Alphonse Daudet "Lettres de mon moulin" ... de bons souvenirs qui semblent me servent encore aujourd'hui ... même à écrire à des amis de TE! ;O) ...

Recevez un salut chaleureux ...


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  • yeln Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1077 W: 55 N: 2227] (11516)
  • [2010-03-21 9:48]

hello Joel

google translator
very interesting photo. gray stone walls and windmill, combined with the color brown is nice. overcast sky suggests impending storm.
good pov, colors and sharpness. good job!


Ciao Joel, mi piacciono mulino e il primo piano con croce e sassi tutto a fuoco, contro questo cielo minaccioso. Bellissimo il dettaglio, sembra quasi di poter toccare con le dita le asperità della pietra. L'assenza di elementi moderni pone questo luogo, che hai ben fotografato, in un momento senza tempo. Mi piacerebbe sapere qualcosa di più sulla croce. Complimenti e un augurio di buona Pasqua. Ciao

Hello Joel,
a beautiful composition and POV. No wonder this original windmill inspired you to photograph it. Great DOF, and lighting, not to mention the sky!

Best regards

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