Photographer's Note

February 11th, 2013
Le Cros 340091 34520
Hérault Languedoc-Roussillon
43.868 3.364 711 m

The snow on the Larzac plateau, Le Cros

One view.
Other view.

In the village of Le Cros on the CAUSSE du LARZAC, The shepherd and its ewes, in the snow.
Ewes guarded by the shepherd and its dog, form the symbolic picture of the CAUSSE DU LARZAC.

_ The CAUSSE of LARZAC is vastest and southernmost of "GRANDS CAUSSES", large causses. Its 1000 km ² of plateau rise from 600 to 900 meters. It is limited to the North-East by Dourbie river which separates it from "Causse Noir", in the North-West the Tarn river separates it from the plateau of Lévézou, in the west it stops with the depression of Roquefort. Its surface is strewn with famous sites with the military orders, Knights of the Order of the Temple and Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem.

_ The GRANDS CAUSSES, in the south of the Massif Central, are delimited in north by the plateau of "Aubrac", in the east by the Cévennes, the south by the plain of the "lodévois", in the west by the plateau of "Lévézou". These are plateaus limestones whose altitude varies from 700 to 1250 meters of altitude, and of surface going up to 1000 km². The "Grands Causses" are formed by important "Causses of Larzac" (1000 km²), of "Sauveterre" (550 km²), "Méjean" (330 km²), and "Noir" (200 km²), but also of the causses "Comtal", "Rouge" and of "Sévérac", and many small peripheral causses like causses of "Mende", "Blandas", "Changefèges", "Bégon", etc… No waterway circulates on the surface of the plates, because the rainwater infiltrates in the karstic, generating networks of many swallow-holes and caves, to re-appear in the valleys. Geology of causses and the cévennes.

LE CROS is a French municipality, located in the department of the Herault of the Languedoc-Roussillon area, populated of 48 Croisais in 2009, distributed out of 22.5 km², that is to say 2.1 hab./km².

On the limestone plateau of Larzac, the village of Le Cros is a big hamlet, made by old stones assembled in castle, church, chapel, wayside crosses, traditional houses, a haven of peace.

Le Cros history.

The municipality is near the Grands Causses Regional Natural Park.

My images of Le Cros.
My images of the Causse du Larzac.

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