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The dolmen of Coste Caude, La Vacquerie

The dolmen of Coste Caude, La Vacquerie
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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: 2010-03-12
Categories: Architecture, Ruins
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/8, 1/100 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Cromlechs & Dolmens, Causse du Larzac, Megaliths [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-03-22 6:39
Viewed: 2755
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
March 12th, 2010
La Vacquerie-et-Saint-Martin-de-Castries 340317 34520
Herault Languedoc-Roussillon
43.783 3.450 712 m

The dolmen of Coste Caude, La Vacquerie-et-Saint-Martin-de-Castries

One view. May 4th, 2008.
Other view. August 5th, 2007.

Dolmen of Coste Caude ou Costa Caouda, on the territory of the commune of la Vacquerie-et-Saint-Martin-de-Castries

The dolmens were prehistoric megalithic collective burials, used from end of the 5th millenium before J.-C. to the end of 3th millenium before J.C. in Europe, but also in other parts of the world, as in the Far East. They consisted of horizontal flagstones posed on vertical flagstones driven out of ground. They in the beginning were entirely covered by a tumulus makes stones and of ground.

_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.

la Vacquerie-et-Saint-Martin-de-Castries is a French commune, located in the department of Hérault of the Languedoc-Roussillon area, populated of 119 Vaccastriens and Vaccastriennes distributed on 43 km², is 2 hab/km².

One finds there many tumulus, 28 dolmens, 5 menhirs, sepulchral caves, caves used like cisterns with chalcolithic and the age of bronze, and habitats and chalcolithic enclosures.
More than 550 dolmens are known in the department of Herault, concentrates mainly on Causse of Larzac, in Minervois, the garrigues of the Peak Saint-Loup in the North of Montpellier.

One counts 50 000 dolmens in the world, including 20 000 in Europe.
Approximately 4500 dolmens are disseminated in 60 French departments, mainly in the areas Brittany, Poitou, Quercy, Languedoc.
The department of Aveyron, with 1000 dolmens, adds up more dolmens than all joined together Brittany.
One counts of them 600 to 800 in Quercy, 800 in Ardeche, 600 in Languedoc.
One also counts some in Ireland, in Wales, in the English counties of Devon and of Cornouailles, in Portugal, in Spain, in Belgium, in Germany of North, in Scandinavia, in North Africa, in India, in Syria, in Ethiopia and the Crimea.
Korea only conceals with it 30 000 dolmens, of various types, high on all front thousand-year-old Ier. J.-C., one also finds some more recent in Japan.
The dolmens miss continents American and Australian

My images of La Vacquerie-et-Saint-Martin-de-Castries.

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Hello Joël,
A good composition of this piece of very ancient history. I like the juxtaposition with the bare trees in the background. A quality image with very good colours and sharpness.

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14090 W: 0 N: 16150] (171852)
  • [2010-03-22 6:54]

Hello Joël,

mangigique image,, ce contraste entre les arbres aux branche dénudées et le dolmen, des tons très doux, un pureté dans l'image, fantastique catpage et iamge, cette lumière rasante qui donne un léger rosé, sueprbe.

bravo et amitié


Hi Joel,
a beautiful photo of this ancient place, the composition is attractive and well balanced, excellent colours and clarity, superb shot, Tfs! Have a nice week! Kelemes hetet kívánok!
George (György)

Bonjour Joël,

Les arbres cadrent bien le dolmen. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails et les couleurs du dolmen. Le ciel bleu génère une lumière qui a un bel effet sur les couleurs. Bonne journée.


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  • Fante Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 615 W: 62 N: 1030] (5429)
  • [2010-03-22 7:58]

Hi Joel,
super composition. Great idea. Lovely natural colors. Good sharpness and POV. Congratulations.
Regards, Sasko

Bonjour Joel,

Excellent cadrage. Tout se mets en valeur par la composition. Bel angle de vue.
Les hommes étaient forts à cette époque et les vestiges qu'ils nous ont laissés sont extra.



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  • Gerrit Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5783 W: 95 N: 9355] (52989)
  • [2010-03-22 8:52]

Hi Joël,
beautiful photo.
Excellent low POV and fine framing,
regards, gerrit

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  • Buin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4253 W: 48 N: 10771] (42580)
  • [2010-03-22 8:53]

Hallo Joel!
What a special and impressive place - and a mysterious one. This view upward with the head stone in front of the sky works very well and these trees are a good "balance" to the dolem here. A truly well-composed and worth-seeing picture! Great note!
Greetings from springlike Germany!

Bonjour Joël
Qaund j'ai vu ton titre j'ai été étonnée. Je pensais que les dolmens étaient typiquement bretons. L'idée reçu n'était pas bonne. Une bonne prise en contre-plongée qui met en valeur cette construction.
Merci pour le partage et bonne soirée.

Hi Joël,
An interesting comparison of three different captures of this prehistoric grave. This is a well composed capture with a good balance from the tree at the side.
Kind regards

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  • Charo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5142 W: 58 N: 12086] (51212)
  • [2010-03-22 15:17]

Salut Joël,
Il semble un dolmen faibles, par comparaison avec l'arbre. Très bonne composition, sobre et avec une excellente lumière et la définition.
La photo du WS, semble être prise dans une autre époque, car la végétation est plus abondante.

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  • phwall Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 989 W: 187 N: 1771] (6785)
  • [2010-03-22 15:33]

Hi Joel,
I'm thinking that the capture from 2008 is the one for me, I like the tighter foreground and of course the small purple flowers are very pretty and provide a lovely sense of colour.
This capture is certainly more dramatic in its starkness, and much more in keeping with an ancient burial site. Maybe it's because, deep at heart, I'm still a flower child of the sixties.
It is an amazing site, hard to believe we are looking at something three thousand years old, I wonder how much of our civilization will still be around in three thousand years time.
Best wishes

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  • paura Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7887 W: 56 N: 3948] (26942)
  • [2010-03-22 19:48]

A fotografia está uma beleza, com um equilíbrio de elementos muito bem executado. Lindo trabalho.



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  • edge Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 757 W: 34 N: 2205] (7409)
  • [2010-03-22 20:45]

Bonsoir Joel, First I must tell you I had never heard of dolmens. However, I have now. TE is giving me another education. Imagine I spent 14 years in academia and just learned something new. Your notes were most helpful. This is a very interesting picture with good composition. The trees on the left povide the support for the dolmen. Extemely interesting. Regards, Roger

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  • ifege Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 895 W: 77 N: 2616] (12195)
  • [2010-03-22 22:23]

Not the world's largest dolmen Joel but it looks like one occupying a quiet spot away from tourists. A well balance photo making good use of the bare trees.

Intéressant dolmen dont tu présentes des images à différentes saisons. Même si les arbres sont dénudés, c'est ton post principal que je préfère pour sa bonne composition.

Hello Joel,
Wonderful soft colours on this landscape end of the winter time. Good lightness. Very good contrast. Amazing sharpness.
best wishes,

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  • JCG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5328 W: 737 N: 9440] (35153)
  • [2010-03-23 1:23]

Bonjour Joël,

Dolmen original où l'on remarque que la base est bien travaillée et peu servir d'abri de fortune en cas de temps mitigé, ce qui n'est pas le cas ici, mettant bien en valeur ce patrimoine d'un passé bien lointain. Bon cadrage avec cet arbre qui équilibre bien l'image. Intéressante photo et merci pour les WS Joël.

Avec toutes mes amitiés et une très bonne journée,


Bonjour Joël,

Une présentation très soignée de ce dolmen très caractéristique. j'aime le POV choisi en légère contre-plongée, l'équilibre apporté à la composition par le couple d'arbres dénudés et la façon dont toute cela se découpe dans ce beau ciel bleu.

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  • Vasa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2208 W: 0 N: 95] (515)
  • [2010-03-25 18:06]

Tu aimes ce coin et tu y reviens pour en faire des photos. La derniere prise etait en mai. Une differante lumiere et autre palette. Cette version recente de mars me plait bien elle aussi. A bientot Joel

Bonjour Joël!
J'aime bien cette photo de dolmen sur le monticule!
Jolies couleurs et belle composition avec cet arbre d'hiver contre le ciel bleu d'azur! Quelle chance de jouir de ce beau temps après le rude hiver!
Nous bretons, en bons chauvins,avons souvent pensé que les mégalithes nous étaient réservés; et c'est avec plaisir que je les découvre dans les autres régions du monde!
Merci du partage!

Marie Louise.

Hello Joël,
I have not been very active on TE for the past time, and, as I returned and saw so many interesting photos which you have posted, I am quite puzzled by the question: which of them to begin with?? :)
OK I will start with this one... maybe because it shows Nature - especially the trees (with the dolmen, of course) :)
As always, I appreciate your excellent choice of POV and composition. The scene itself looks rather simple, but I like it very much (also because of the special lighting, maybe?) :)


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