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A castle, a village, Lunas

A castle, a village, Lunas
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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: 2013-02-20
Categories: Castles, Architecture
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSCHX100V
Exposure: f/8, 1/320 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Orb river valley and canyon [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2013-04-09 5:01
Viewed: 6053
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
February 20th, 2013
Lunas 340144 34650
Hérault Languedoc-Roussillon
43.707 3.196 280 m

A castle, a village, Lunas

One view.
Another view.

In Lunas, overlooking the village from the Redondel rock, a castle is quoted as 806 in a charter of the abbey of Gélone, succeeding a Gallo-Roman oppidum. The medieval castle built in the same place in the 12th century, in 1118, demolished in 1627, was replaced by the present castle present castle 17th century, built in 1641 on bank of the Gravezon.

Castles of Lunas, history.
Lunas and Lunas history.

LUNAS is a french municipality, located in the department of Hérault of the Languedoc-Roussillon area, populated of 651 Lunassiens in 2009, distributed out of 44.9 km², that is to say 14.5 hab./km².

The territory of the Lunas municipality is crossed by the ORB coastal river, including one of its tributaries, the Gravezon, through the village.

_ The ORB, coastal river, takes its source at 828 meters of altitude, close to the site “Font d'Orb”, in limit of the communes of Cornus in Aveyron departement, and Romiguières in Hérault departement, in dolomitic limestones of "Causse du Larzac". It runs in the departement of Aveyron, then in the department of Hérault, and flows in the Mediterranean sea at Valras-Plage, after a course of 136 km, and the crossing of a catchment area of 1585 km². Its flow can pass from a minimal flow of 1.4 m³/s to a maximum flow of 1630 m³/s. Orb river description.

_ 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.

My images of Lunas.
My images of the Orb valley and canyon.

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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Hello Joël,
It looks very old this village nicely depicted in the sunlight. I like the point of view and the contrasting architectural styles. Also, the play of light across the façades, which brings out the colours and textures to such good effect.

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  • dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6092 W: 277 N: 11813] (91052)
  • [2013-04-09 5:47]

Bonjour Joel ,
J'aime bien l'atmosphere qui se dégage de cette image . On a l'impression d'un village un peu hors du temps , avec ses vieilles maisons aux murs décrépits . Mais les volets bleus à droite y apportent une jolie touche de couleur vive .

bonjour Joel
Un très beau point de vue, j'aime bien:
Les volets bleus, la présence de l'eau, et la lumière qui effleure certaines façades.
Bonne soirée

Hello Joel,

I just love the contrasts of light and shade in your photograph, they create a still, evening mood. The buildings are sharply revealed, with interesting textures and colours that add a little vibrancy. The features are well positioned, with the inclusion of the disappearing waterway for our imaginations to wonder about.

My warm regards,
Bev :-)

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  • Zucca Gold Star Critiquer [C: 284 W: 2 N: 1] (8)
  • [2013-04-09 12:35]

Bonsoir Joël,

Un château, un village, certes, mais aussi un restaurant, avec une belle terrasse ensoleillée, que tu as peut-être testée ;-) La composition est originale et bien vue, le propriétaire de la maison, à droite, a voulu se démarquer des voisins avec ses volets bleus, et bien, c'est réussi...

Bonne soirée,


Ciao Joel
interessante l'accostamento tra le antichità tradizionali e quella parte bianca con le finestre blu, un risultato che mette curiosità ed aiuta ad apprezzare lo scatto.

Hello Joel,
Very beautiful and very interesting old architecture excellently executed. Wonderful composition and great framework. Tfs.
All the best,

Un joli village traversé par l'Orb. J'imagine que, quand les flots sont déchaînés, les berges doivent avoir du mal à résister...et les habitants doivent vite monter aux étages!

Bonjour, cher ami Joël,
Je ne savais pas que le Languedoc-Roussillon possédait un tel patrimoine ! Un grand merci de nous faire découvrir ces endroits bénéficiant d'un charme évident.
Le titre relatif à la composition convient parfaitement.
Très beau témoignage d'un village méconnu.
Excellente journée.

hello Joel,
This is an 'inviting' picture with the warm light amongst the shadows. Beautiful old architecture and a lovely green BG. I very much enjoyed viewing this.
Kind Regards, Ann

Bonjour, cher ami Joël,
j'aime le beau jeu de la lumière et des ombres sur l'architecture traditionnelle de ce village, que tu as captée au moyen d'un cadrage bien choisi qui met en valeur toute sa beauté et son bon graphisme.
Le contraste entre les maisons, la rivière et la forêt à l'arrière-plan ajoute un important bonus esthétique dans la composition.
Une belle réalisation.
Bien amicalement,

Bonjour Joël,

La montagne cadre bien les maisons. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails et les couleurs de l'architecture des maisons. La lumière a un bel effet sur les couleurs de l'image. Bonne journée.


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  • Kielia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2514 W: 0 N: 6733] (24077)
  • [2013-04-10 6:47]

Bonjour Joel,
you are adding a very beautiful impression of this fascinating place to the existing gallery. Your POV is very well chosen and the management of this light is – as usual - excellent. The perspective is outstanding. My compliments also for the interesting notes!
Warm regards

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15712 W: 159 N: 27487] (144170)
  • [2013-04-10 9:44]

Bonjour Joel
Joli POV sur le château, la rivière et la maison bleu qui attire le regard, peut être trop a mon goût par rapport aux autres bâtiments, belle effet de la lumière, netteté et couleurs
Belle soirée

Bonsoir Joel,
a great presentation of this antique, picturesque and introvert village. Your composition includes a lot of architectural details and eloquent textures. Depth and clarity are excellent and the colours absolutely natural and eloquent too. Lighting is superb, I particularly enjoy the smooth transfer from light to shadow and the many lighting variations all over the place. The workshop pictures are very useful complements to this view. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,

Hi Joël,
A very pleasant view and a well taken picture. There are only a few colours here, in the window shutters and a matching bush. A very attractive sunshine over the the scene and what looks like an open air restaurant.
Kind regards

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14073 W: 0 N: 16143] (171698)
  • [2013-04-11 8:06]

Hello Joël

quel bel éclairage j'adore ce rensu sur ce maison est sueprbe juste le rayon doux génial.
Bravo et amitié


Bonsoir Joel,
The place taken from a super POV, show greatly the buildings on the old town. But, I'd ask the same question already asked Christiane, wondering why many French villages on rural country appearing on TE pictures when nobody is out on the streets and feel an "empty" ambiance. Here I can see a cafe' wher nobody sits at time take, a vacation maybe...?
The picture is outstanding, do not get me wrong, just had this in mind for long.
Au revoir,

Hi Joel
this looks like an amazing place to take photos.
so much old charm and history in these buildings.
the rustic nature, and how they look like they are about to fall apart is the real appeal for me :)
love the window shutters too.
great shot and subject

Bonsoir Joël
J'aime beaucoup le contraste de cette image parfaitement composée.Au second plan les volets bleus et plus à gauches les teintes chaudes sur la façade créent une bel équilibre de couleurs.La lumière est sublime.
Bonne soirée

Nice and simple castle-like houses, with great texture and a great style. The framing was perfect, congratulations!

Dear Joël
The title on the composition is perfect.
Beautiful testimony of an unknown village.
Nice place with very interesting building.
Nice contrasting colors,excellent clarity.
Perfect lighting.
Great job.
Best regards

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  • Didi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8687 W: 4463 N: 15271] (61475)
  • [2013-06-10 9:21]

Salut Joel
Joli village la lumière rasante donne un bel effet sur les vieilles maisons
Les ombres accentuent le relief de l'image
Bien cordialement

Hi Joel,
Nice scenery under soft sunlight, lovely old architectures, blue windows are attractive and good contrast to some other buildings in typical color, distinct photo, thanks for sharing a fascinating view from a beautiful old town.

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