Photographer's Note

November 5th, 2010
Celles 340072 34800
Herault Languedoc-Roussillon
43.663 3.340 140

Autumn on the lake, Celles

The village.
The lake.

One sunny autumn day without wind on the lake Salagou.

The Salagou lake of 700 hectares, located at 50 kilometers in the west of Montpelier results from the construction of 1964 to 1969 of a dam of 357 m length and 63 m high on the Salagou brook.

The village of Celles was to be submerged according to the preliminary draft, but the height of the dam was re-examined.

The village was expropriated at the time of the setting in water of the dam of Salagou, and is since with the state of ruins except the church and the town hall.

In 1985, one turned there scenes of film “Red zone” of Robert Enrico, with the actors Sabine Azéma and Richard Anconina.

_ Celles constitutes a place of interest very attended in estival period. It fits in a decoration of reliefs characterized by an intense erosion and one red color: The RUFFES.

_ The RUFFES, called pelites by the geologists are sedimentary rocks very friable whose origin goes up at the end of the primary era from 280 to 225 million years. Their red color is due to the presence of iron oxide. The builders of the past used the ruffes much to build there the capitelles ones, kind of stone huts, low and arched, which were used as shelters to the shepherds and to vine growers, and whom one still meets in the landscape.

_ Vegetable cover is very poor, some trees and shrubs.

CELLES is a French commune, located in the department of the Herault of the Languedoc-Roussillon area, populated of 28 Cellois in 2004, distributed on 7,6 km², that is to say 3,7 hab/km².

_ The commune is crossed by the Lergue river and the Salagou brook.

My images of Celles.

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