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Winter outside walls, La Couvertoirade

Winter outside walls, 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: 2013-02-11
Categories: Nature, Architecture
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSCHX100V
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/1000 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Causse du Larzac [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2013-02-19 0:42
Viewed: 2719
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
February 11th, 2013
La Couvertoirade 120082 12230
Aveyron Midi-Pyrenees
43.917 3.317 785 m

Winter outside walls, La Couvertoirade

One view. The Rédounel windmill.
Another view. The Knights Templar castle, and the pond sheep. February 12th, 2013.

Winter outside the walls, in la Couvertoirade, on the Causse du Larzac, Larzac limestone plateau.

_ 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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Good Morning Joel,

A covering of snow can transform an area overnight. It's soft texture makes a pleasing contrast with the rigidity of the stone walls, and just adds beauty to the bare trees.
A good viewpoint draws the viewers from the f/g into the depths of the open yard.

Have a good day,
Bev :-)

a simple but nice snowy winter capture
this peaceful atmosphere and the details
of the old buildings create a mystery
the title could also be as...eternity...
the colors are classic and suitable
to our mood
have a nice day

Bonjour Joël,

La longueur de l'allée donne de la profondeur à la composition. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails et les couleurs des murs et des bâtiments. Le reflet de la lumière sur la neige fait ressortir les couleurs. Bonne journée.


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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24621 W: 523 N: 41328] (177596)
  • [2013-02-19 4:55]

Hello Joël,

Real a nice rural farm and very nice taken.
We can enjoy of the quiet and the passage between the barn and the house.
A splendid picture, nice taken.
Depth and perspective are pleasant.
Excellent taken with nice sharpness and clarity.
Very well done, TFS

Best regards,

Ciao Joel
nella loro essenzialità le tue foto mi piacciono soprattutto per la gelida atmosfera invernale che si respira ben resa dai colori molto morbidi. Il cielo grigio e il colore cupo della pietra aiutano, ma è sempre la composizione che è protagonista nella foto ed anche questa mi sembra molto ben fatta.
Ottima la nitidezza e buona la luminosità tenuto conto delle condizioni atmosferiche.
Giusto, a mio parere, anche il contrasto
Ciao e buona giornata

Bonjour Joel,

C'est beau cette neige pas encore piétinée par les passants et salie par les voitures et le ciel. Elle ne dure qu'un moment mais enjolive le paysage pour ce bref moment.



Hello Joel, my neighbour !
Very nice wintery scenery with dim light.
Good layout and good compo.
Many interesting notes makes your entry a perfect TE job.
TFS and have a nice day

Salut Joel.
Hiver carte postale très belle, avec le contraste frappant de vieilles maisons en pierre et des tons sombres, avec de la neige blanche apporte.
Belle complément graphique et celle de ces grands arbres que nous voyons dans l'image.
Luminosité et la netteté.
Bien fait.
Meilleurs vœux.

Bonsoir Joel,
this is a great picture that has made very clever and effective use of the architectural and natural elements of the view as well as of the wonderful moody and contrasting colours. I love how the pure snow and the cloudy sky provide a smooth and even backdrop to the stone constructions and the naked trees. Textures, colours and depth make the picture very natural and attractive, the composition has excellent balance. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely evening,

Salut Joel,
Beau paysage enneigé, bon effet de profondeur d'image avec ce chemin entre les murs dont les pierres ressortent bien dans cet univers froid et blanc.

Hi Joël,
We realy enjoyed this old town and we appreciate that you urged us to visit it. It is very intersting to see this view at winter; a beautiful picture with absolutely no trace of tourists. This looks very genuine, like this was 700 years ago. A very good picture!
Kind regards

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9860 W: 157 N: 16051] (126453)
  • [2013-02-19 14:41]

Witaj Joel!
Interesting buildings, niely place.
Good frame and colors.
I like winter climate.
Very well done.
Good night

Bonjour Joël,

I love the colors in this shot, with the cerulean blue in the sky to the subdued colors of the medieval buildings. It also looks very very cold. Wonderful note as usual.

Warm regards,


Tu étais le premier à fouler la neige ce jour là, tu habites ici? L'endroit semble vraiment très calme, voire quasiment déserté l'hiver!Joli cadrage.

Dobar dan.
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst o Vitezima hrama, sa datim podacima i istorijom ...
Lep pogled na staru arhitekturu ...
Dobra ostrina snimka, kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobar rad sa lepim fotografijama u radionici.
Ostala je stara arhitektura i secanje na Vitezove hrama.
Imajte lep dan, sve najbolje.

Good day.
Very interesting and good text of the knight of the temple, with the given data and history ...
A nice view of the old architecture ...
Good image sharpness, contrast, beautiful color.
Good work with beautiful photographs of the workshop.
Other old architecture and the memory of the Knights of the temple.
Have a nice day, all the best.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9445 W: 268 N: 3085] (103038)
  • [2013-02-19 23:48]

Bonjour Joel,
interesting reportage and presentation of old mediaval village. Good informations and 3 images. Solid photowork.
Have a nice day.

Hi Joel,
Very nice a series of latest photos upload here to show the fascinating winter view from some beautiful villages, interesting composition, thanks for sharing with us photos that shoot in cold days.

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14070 W: 0 N: 16135] (171666)
  • [2013-02-20 5:46]

Hlelo Joël

-tu allies petit village et décor hivernal quelle compo superbe image, je ne vois pas de traces sur la neige tout est immaculé, sublime.
Bravo et amitié

Hello Joel,
very beautiful and interesting composition of architecture. Wonderful executed image.Perfectly well done. Tfs. Love it.
Warm regards,

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15709 W: 159 N: 27480] (144140)
  • [2013-02-22 10:29]

Bonjour Joel
Bonne profondeur du chemin , le rendu des pierres sous le sol enneigée donne super bien, malgré le froid :-)
Belle soirée

Olá Joel,

Uma bela fotografia pelo contraste entre o branco da neve e o escuro da pedra granítica (?).
Bom pov e composição.


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