Photographer's Note

July 20th, 2010
Saumur 490328 49400
Maine-et-Loire Pays de la Loire
47.257 -0.077 40 m

The Wild River, Saumur

One view.
Other view.

The LOIRE, the Royal River or the Wild River, is a beautiful and whimsical river. Having lived in Anjou, I saw in 1956 at Chalonnes-sur-Loire, people walking across the Loire frozen surface in a very thick layer of ice and a pile of ice cubes from far upstream. I have seen dramatic floods erased the many islands of the Loire, flooding the banks of sight, grazing the bridge deck, I saw her fall back into its main course in the summer to discover its superb sandbanks.

In 2000, UNESCO has entered part of the Loire Valley, 280 km long between Sully-sur-Loire in the Loiret and Chalonnes-sur-Loire in Anjou, for its architectural heritage combined with an exceptional and preserved nature.

The Loire river in Anjou.
The Royal river.

_ The LOIRE river, the “last wild river” and longest of France, takes its source at 1048 meters of altitude in the Massif-Central on mount "Mont Gerbier de Jonc", in the Sainte-Eulalie commune in Ardèche departement, and after a course of 1 012.7 kilometers through a catchment area of 117,000 km², 1/5 of the French territory, is thrown by a broad estuary in the Atlantic Ocean in the Loire-Atlantique departement, in Saint-Nazaire, where the flow can go down to 100 m³/s and can very largely exceed 5000 m³/s. the Loire Valley from Sully-sur-Loire in Loiret departement to Chalonnes-sur-Loire in Maine-et-Loire, is registered since the year 2000 with the World heritage of UNESCO, for its biological diversity and its historical and cultural richness. The Loire river description.

SAUMUR is a french commune, located in the departement of Maine-et-Loire of the area of the Pays de la Loire, populated of 30,128 Saumurois 2007, distributed out of 66.3 km², that is to say 454.8 hab/km².

The territory of the commune is crossed by the river the LOIRE, and two of its affluents, the THOUET and Authion.

_ The THOUET river is a 142.2 kilometers length river, whose source is located at 225 meters of altitude close to the farm of the Pointerie, in the Beugnon commune, in the departement of Deux-Sèvres. After crossing of a catchment area of 3376 km², Thouet is thrown on left bank of the Loire, in Saint-Hilaire-Saint-Florent, where its flow can go down to 3 m³/s and can reach 50 m³/s. The Thouet river description.

My images of Saumur.
My Loire river valley images.
My Thouet river valley images.

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