Tuesday photoblogging: Cirque de Mourèze

by Chris Bertram on July 13, 2021

I didn’t post on Sunday. Although I’ve been taking lots of pictures, I’m separated from my preferred photo-editing software at the moment so a lot will have to wait. But yesterday I took this shot of the wonderful landscape of the Cirque de Mourèze in the Languedoc: wonderful columns of rock risking from a sandy floor. A cloudy day was not ideal for pictures, but it was better for walking there than fierce sunshine would have been.

Cirque de Mourèze



Ingrid Robeyns 07.13.21 at 6:51 pm

I like the clouds in the composition! And this landscape brings back good memories.


Alan White 07.13.21 at 8:09 pm

Beautiful capture. Is that a path below or a dry stream bed? Even after zooming in I had some trouble with the scale of things.


Chris Bertram 07.14.21 at 7:43 am

The scale is indeed hard to capture! Some of the pillars rise high into the sky. In this case it is a path, but I wouldn’t bet on it remaining so in a deluge.


LFC 07.16.21 at 8:13 pm

Before this post, all I knew about the word cirque is that it’s a French word that I thought only meant “circus.”

I wondered what this photo and the place name had to do with a circus, which led me to discover that cirque, in both English and French, has a particular meaning w.r.t. geology (roughly, amphitheater-like formations or depressions caused by glaciers and the resulting erosion). I was completely unaware that cirque is not only a French word but also an English word (taken over from the French, and of course pronounced differently in English) and that it has this geological meaning. (The moral, I guess, is that one is never too old to learn something new about one’s native language.)

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