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In the cold, La Couvertoirade

In the cold, La Couvertoirade
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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: 2013-02-12
Categories: Nature, Architecture
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSCHX100V
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/400 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Causse du Larzac [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2013-02-21 2:46
Viewed: 3332
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
February 12th, 2013
La Couvertoirade 120082 12230
Aveyron Midi-Pyrenees
43.917 3.317 785 m

In the cold, La Couvertoirade

One view. The street La Rue Droite.
Another view. The street La Rue Droite.

In la Couvertoirade, near the Amont gate, "El Portal d'Amoun", one street of the village, in the background, the castle of the Knights Templar built in 1200.

The village streets are lined with traditional houses of the plateau, vaulted ground floor. The first floor accessed by an external staircase and an attic covered with slate.

_ On CAUSSE OF LARZAC, in a medieval village built at the 12th century by the KNIGHTS OF THE ORDER OF THE TEMPLE, and in a fortified enclosure built with the 15th century by the SOVEREIGN MILITARY HOSPITALLER ORDER OF SAINT JOHN OF JERUSALEM, during seven centuries, the Knights Templar, then the Hospitaller Order in 1312, practised the culture and the breeding there, providing provisioning for the war.

In 1119, Hugues de Payns, knight originating in Champagne, melt a militia, "The Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon", which will become the "Knights of the Order of the Temple". Monks, knights, monks and soldiers, Templiers will defend Jerusalem, and the pilgrims going on the tomb of Christ.
In 1291, following the fall Saint-Jean-d'Acre, the Knights Templar are folded up in Cyprus, then in Rhodos.
In 1312, the order is dissolved, and after a lawsuit, the large Master Jacques de Molay and other Knights templar are sharp flarings on roughing-hew it.

Before the first crusade, a hospital is founded in Jerusalem close of the Holy Sepulchre for the Western pilgrims, other Hospitals are create in the ports Italian and Provencaux. In 1113, the Hospital of Midsummer's Day of Jerusalem is recognized like an independent hospital order.
In 1140, the Order of the Hospital becomes in military order, with nevertheless vocation of charity and defense of Christendom.
In 1312, the goods of Templiers, after their dissolution, are allotted to the Hospital ones.
In 1522, Turkish takes Rhodos.
In 1530, the emperor Charles Quint allots Malta to the Hospital ones. They since are called SOVEREIGN MILITARY ORDER OF MALTA or Knights of Malta .

La Couvertoirade history.

_ The CAUSSE of 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 COUVERTOIRADE is a french commune, located in the department of Aveyron of the Midi-Pyrénées area, populated of 179 Couvertoiradois in 2009, distributed on 61.9 km², that is to say 2.9 hab./km².

The village of La Couvertoirade is quoted, Cubertoirata, as of the 11th century.

La Couvertoirade is one of the most beautiful villages of France.

My images of la Couvertoirade.
My images of the Causse du larzac.

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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Salut Joël,
En effet, il a l'air très froid. Ce sentiment est également donnée par la pierre épaisse et rugueuse des murs. Mais de belles textures!
Ceci est une vieille ville magnifique.
Amicalement, Paul

Salut Joel,
Impression de froid et de village un peu déserté, bien cadré avec de chaque côté de l'image des marches, cela donne une symétrie intéressante pour la composition de la photo.

Salut Joel.
Superbe composition avec ce beau coin qui a une touche d'authenticité médiévale, la neige ajoute un grand charme à la composition, idéales ces tons doux de couleur.
Magnifique lumière et la netteté parfaite.
Have a nice day.
Meilleurs vœux.

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  • JFS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2771 W: 3 N: 671] (32459)
  • [2013-02-21 4:29]

Belle image de la Couvertoirade neigé, l'endroit est encore plus authentique, excellent cadrage. Merci Joel!

Bonjour Joël,

La distance entre les maisons et le château donne de la profondeur à la composition. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails et les couleurs de l'architecture des maisons. Le ciel nuageux donne un bon contraste aux couleurs de l'image. Bonne journée.


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  • Zucca Gold Star Critiquer [C: 284 W: 2 N: 1] (8)
  • [2013-02-21 5:20]

Bonsoir Joël,

Je te crois ! Ces vieilles maisons en pierres, avec leur escalier extérieur, ont beaucoup de charme, et le cadrage habile permet d'apercevoir le Château des Templiers, perché au-dessus du village.

Bon après-midi !


Bonjour Joël
Une image hivernale de ce village qui a su garder son authenticité. Pas grand monde dans les rues par ce temps qui semble glacial.
Merci pour le partage et bonne journée.

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14081 W: 0 N: 16143] (171764)
  • [2013-02-21 8:50]

Hello Joël,

Quel rendu sur ces façades et maison de pierre de ce petit village superbe avec la belle neige et les traces quelle compo et ensemble.

Bravo et amitié


Bonjour Joel,

Brrr, the village seems chilled with the covering of snow, the grey sky, the tall stone walls and the absence of people.
I like how you have used the walls to give a natural frame to the shot. You have also presented us with different ways to investigate the scene; the steps are too tempting to refuse and then, there are the tracks, from left to right, inviting us to follow them further into the shot.

My warm regards,
Bev :-)

Hello Joel,
this photo maybe does not have striking colors, but it looks very natural and realistic - I like it a lot! Great composition of this picture is what I admire the most. Different angles of the walls and roofs create really nice pattern.
Well done

Ho Joël,
A very different view now, when the tourists have disappeared and snow is covering the old streets. Still, this is a very pleasant scene with all these soft and subdued colours. A very well composed picture!
Kind regards

Trois belles photos de ce joli village qui semble déserté en hiver. Peut-être le meilleur moment pour le visiter et en apprécier tous les charmes?

Hi Joel
I could have sworn this was a photo from Silvio :)
it certainly has his style and substance to it!
looking at it more closely, i really like the blue/grey skyline in the upper bg areas. and of course all the stonework.
very sharp and attractive compo.
well done

Bonjour Joel
A voir ainsi la Couvertoirade, on a l'impression d'avoir remis le compteur en arrière; cela a un autre aspect avec cette couche de neige; la texture des pierres est spectaculaire et la luminosité de la neige renforce ces pierres

Bonjour Joel, very good photo de ce village médiéval intéressant couverte avec une couverture blanche de l'hiver. Image intéressante bien cadrée, avec netteté, très bonne profondeur, la lumière et la couleur. Bonne composition et la qualité d'image. Very good job intéressant et parfaitement réalisé, bravo mon ami. Merci de partager votre travail intéressant.

Bon après-midi et week-end heureux.
Salutations et meilleurs voeux du sud de l'Espagne.

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15717 W: 159 N: 27499] (144212)
  • [2013-02-22 10:32]

Bonjour Joel
Un froid bien installer, pas une âme en vue :-)
super bon cadrage, détails des façades, belle présentation
Belle soirée

Bonsoir Joel,
in spite of looking really cold, this well composed view into the stony village is very inviting too. Depth and clarity are superb, the textures are very interesting and the play of perspectives constantly leads us to meaningful and intriguing architectural details. There's a wonderful chromatic harmony and the moody atmosphere is captivating. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely weekend,

Salut Joël!
C'est une photo d'hiver très belle et intéressante!
J'adore surtout la gestion de la lumière, le pdv choisi et la compo qui sont excellents!
Merci du partage,

Hi Joel,
Fascinating winter view from the beautiful old village, nice to see the staircase, path and roof tops that all cover by snow, nice ws photo to show the street view in different pov too, distinct photos, well done.

Bonsoir Joel,
Un bon cadrage sur ce petit coin du village.Une très jolie photo avec ces maisons en pierres enneigées.J'aime beaucoup!

Hello Joël,

Great point of view and composition. The open
spaces in the forground makes the picture nice
open and calmness. The diagonal lines and the
stairs (right, left en left corner above)
creates a nice depth. The picture is also

Friendly regards,

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