Roussillon is a commune in the Vaucluse department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. In 2006 the population was recorded as 1265.
It is noted for its large ochre deposits found in the clay surrounding the village. Ochres are pigments ranging from yellow and orange to red. The walls of many of the buildings in the village are covered in paint made from ochre pigment giving the village a very distinctive ambiance.
One of the former ochre quarries can be visited via the 'Sentier des Ocres' (Ochre Path), a walk of either 30 or 60 minutes through the old workings. The large quarries at Roussillon were mined from the end of the 18th century until 1930. At their peak thousands of people found work in the quarries and factories. Nowadays the mining of ochre is prohibited here in order to protect the sites from degradation or even complete destruction.
Nowadays, apart from tourism, agriculture is the commune's principal activity. Fruit, including cherries, peaches and melons are grown. Much of this is used in crystallized fruit production in nearby Apt. Wine-making is also very important and there are several wineries producing red, rosé, and white wines within the Ventoux AOC.
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cargus (7556) 2013-08-27 0:08
Interesting image, good balance between light and color, image sharpness highlight the picture well done..!!
carlo62 (19313) 2013-08-27 0:36
ho visto molte foto di questa località, ma non avevo mai visto il villaggio in questo modo.
Interessante e istruttivo.
Nicou (105629) 2013-08-27 2:31
superbe vue sur ce fameux village ocre quelle compo comme on le voit bien en entier c'est merveilleux avec la végétation cette luminosité quelle compo.
bravo et amitié
timecapturer (36972) 2013-08-27 4:25
lovely shot of this wonderful old town and of course the beautifully coloured houses. I love this POV and the irresistible sweep that draws us in. It looks so inviting and must be a tantalising place to explore.
Urs (14078) 2013-08-27 4:44
Very very picturesque, Roussillon seems to be place to fall in love with. The contrast of the pink house walls vs the deep green and the blue sky is fantastic. Well done
subhendu_bagchi (20960) 2013-08-27 4:53
a nice composition with the cottages of this village. Nice location of it. Great colour contrast. Very good depth. A good one. Tfs.
Sergiom (45244) 2013-08-27 5:13
J'aime beaucoup ces villages Français qui sont nichés au sommet de petites collines.La couleur rose de celui-ci est superbe . L'ensemble est d'une belle netteté et jouit d'un superbe luminosité.
jurek1951 (37040) 2013-08-27 6:02
an another fantastic view with beautiful composition and effective POV, great details and colours. Splendid shot,
amaryllis (32051) 2013-08-27 7:09
ces villages du Sud couleur ocre sont superbes et attirent beaucoup de touristes; généralement placés sur une hauteur on les remarque bien
SnapRJW (23510) 2013-08-27 7:22
I'm still really impressed at seeing some of the uploads in the larger version Stephen. This one just comes alive with fine detail. The road sweeps us through the shot where we can enjoy the contrast between the trees and pastel softness of the colourful buildings. Really lovely. Warm regards rosemary
tedesse (23996) 2013-08-27 7:43
Amazing panorama of Roussillon. Excellent POV and composition, nice colors and good sharpness, nicely framed picture.
Sonata11 (31197) 2013-08-27 10:23
what a beautiful composition of stunning architecture and perspective. Wonderfully done it and wonderfully executed image. I really enjoy. Love it. Awesome.
All the best,
dkmurphys (42409) 2013-08-27 10:24
Nice colors of this old town. I like the panorama that concentrates the old center, well taken.
Enjoy a fine evening.
Romano46 (11375) 2013-08-27 10:33
sembra che in questi ultimi giorni la Provenza sia di gran moda in TE.
Però devo ammettere che questo paese per me era del tutto sconosciuto ed appare molto interessante sia per la forma che per il caratteristico colore ocra, come giustamente hai rimarcato nel titolo.
Molto ben riuscita anche la composizione con le distese boscose che si intravedono dietro di esso simile alle onde di un mare mosso.
Ottime anche le note.
Ciao e buona serata
Noel_Byrne (13204) 2013-08-27 10:53
The ochre village, that has a very nice ring to it and rightly so, its a beautiful scene of this town. I really like the leading curve of the road and how the village is framed nicely between vegetation and sky. Great that the people are in the scene too, without them, I would have guessed those buildings to be a lot smaller!
All the best
Fis2 (76908) 2013-08-27 11:54
Curious city, interesting architecture.
Excellent colors, light and sharpness.
Very well done.
chrisvek (6995) 2013-08-27 16:54
Very good panoramic shot with splendid lightning usage and atmosphere.Perfect architectural details and excellent POV.Very good contrasts and sharpness.
Have a nice day
Silvio1953 (105343) 2013-08-28 1:13
Ciao Stephen, great view of lovely village, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
ikeharel (43877) 2013-08-28 6:26
Built as a typical labyrinth, on top of a dominating hill, and well occupy pic. space, Stephen.
Excelent clarity, and good contrast of the brown/baige houses with green and blue.
Fine photojob, my cong.'s.
Cricri (92041) 2013-08-28 10:24
Une vue magnifique de ce très beau village au sommet de la colline, bonne lumière et tout bon POV
pierrefonds (50948) 2013-08-28 18:58
Les arbres cadrent bien les maisons. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails et les couleurs des maisons. La bonne luminosité embellit les couleurs de l'image. Bonne soirée.
emka (64110) 2013-08-30 0:01
Nice place. I like the villages like this: all the houses in similar style and colours. Here it is ochra and also nice red roofs. it is for me amazing because impossible in Poland. There are always people that want to have something different. very nice composition with the road leading to town.
ourania (18506) 2013-09-02 13:54
a whole world opens before our eyes when we open the large version of your picture. The road leads us decisively through the greenery to the beautiful, picturesque town. I like very much the natural textures and vivid colours. The walking people enhance the dynamism of the road. Looking for architectural details that emerge at random spots on the massive huddle of the buildings is so delightful. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
Corry (1437) 2013-09-11 10:49
Belle prise de vue du village de Roussillon avec ses vieilles maisons de couleur ocre bâties sur la colline. J'avais beaucoup aimé visité ce village il y a quelques années. Ta photo me rappelle de bons souvenirs. Merci.
- Copyright: Stephen Nunney (snunney) (72566)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-06-00
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Canon EOS 1100D, Canon 18-55mm EF-S f/3.5-5.6 IS
- Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-08-27 0:06