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Over two hundred million years ago, Provence was just a vast expanse of water. One hundred million years later, the limestone rock was covered with clay and green sand. The start of a tropical climate in Provence completely changed the topography of the region: the sea withdrew and torrential rains rinsed the sand, turning it into ochre sand.

The Provençal Colorado is an astonishing ochre open quarry, a curious enclave in the middle of a land that is devoted to vine growing.

The shortest trail, which stretches over a short, steep kilometre, takes you up to the “Cheminées de Fées” (the Fairies’ Chimneys), picturesque columns topped by “pointed hats” and which sit in splendour at the top of the hill. Here the fine, pure ochre soil presents a kaleidoscope of colours that blend with the dense green of the forest and the azure blue and white of a cotton-wool sky.

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  • Copyright: May Jayne (mayjayne) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 193 W: 22 N: 461] (2942)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2013-08-09
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/11, 1/500 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2013-11-26 3:49
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