Photographer's Note

May 1st, 2012
Celles 340072 34800
Herault Languedoc-Roussillon
43.663 3.340 140

A lake and red lands, Celles

One view. March 13th, 2012.
Another view. April 23th, 2009.

A lakeside landscape and red lands.

_ The CELLES village, on bank of SALAGOU lake which is a very popular tourist destination in summer with tourists and fishermen, is in a rocky landscape characterized by intense erosion and a 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.

_ The SALAGOU LAKE located 45 kilometers west of Montpelier, result of the construction from 1964 to 1969 of a dam 357 m long 63 m high, in the town of Clermont-l'Hérault, on SALAGOU brook which flows into the LERGUE. Its 125 000 000 m3 of water for irrigation, extend over 750 hectares in the municipalities of Clermont-l'Hérault, Liausson, Octon, and Celles.

_The SALAGOU river takes its source to 250 m of altitude at the foot of of the Castle of Malavieille ruins, close to the Lieude hamlet, on the Mérifons comune, in the department of Hérault. After crossing the lac of Salagou, it flows in the river Lergue in the department of Herault after a course of 20.8 km and the crossing of a catchment area of 76 km². Its flow is very irregular. Description of the Salagou river.

_ The LERGUE is a river which rises to 704 meters on the CAUSSE du LARZAC, in the municipality of Les Rives near the hamlet of Les Sièges in the Lauroux municipality in the department of Herault, which she joined the plain after a high vertical drop. After running for 44.9 km and crossing a watershed of 428km², it flows into the river Hérault in Canet. The lergue description.

CELLES is a French commune, located in the department of the Herault of the Languedoc-Roussillon area, populated of 22 Cellois in 2009, distributed on 7,6 km², that is to say 2,9 hab./km².

_ The commune is crossed by the Lergue and 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, were turned there scenes of film Zone Rouge of Robert Enrico, with the actors Sabine Azéma and Richard Anconina.

My images of Celles.
My images around the Salagou lake.
My images of the Lergue valley.

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