Les Orgues

Yesterday we experienced an extreme change in the weather while out walking on the waterfront. Strange clouds formed over the Pyrenees, the wind switched dramatically from onshore to offshore in a matter of minutes, and the resulting gale whipped the palm trees and waves crashed into the pier with renewed ferocity.

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One result of this weather switch was that today dawned bright and clear with no wind. This was the day to visit Les Orgues, a site we learned about from brochures in our apartment. When the Pyrenees were first formed (30-40 million years ago) they stretched all the way to Provence. However, millions of years later the east central portion collapsed, creating an inland sea that flooded, silted, and created sandstone. When that was uplifted the erosion began. (That’s the abbreviated version of the geologic history in the guidebook.) The result is a unique area of hoodoos and slot canyons carved into this very soft rock. Who would have thought such a place would exist in Mediterranean France?

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We spent two hours walking the trails and taking in the views. The Pyrenees loomed in the background. The trail into the site passes through private land. One of the landowners has decorated the byway with metal sculptures. Here’s one of them.

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A great day!


About Paul

I'm retired, but working at painting, photography, and song writing. We like to travel and paint plein air in new places. Of course that's also where photography comes into the picture, so to speak. Sometimes I get inspired to write songs about the people and places we visit.
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4 Responses to Les Orgues

  1. Jean-Paul Dumont says:

    Ah, good, at least I shall not feel like an idiot with the birds this time around. Thank you for letting me be in the loop, as it were.
    I know, life is hard, but do enjoy the rest of your stay/trip.

  2. Reminds me of the cool landscape of Cappadocia in Turkey! Cheers, ace

  3. Winfield Hobbs says:

    The photo of the cliff face with trees atop reminds me of Rousillon without the ochers. Thanks for including me in your travels! Winfield Date: Fri, 23 Oct 2015 18:31:03 +0000 To: wshobbs2@hotmail.com

    • Paul says:

      Well we are in Languedoc-Roussillon France! There are little pockets of this arid, eroded landscape hidden among the hills and valleys.

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