Photographer's Note

July 17, 2004
Coulon 790100 79510
Deux-Sèvres Poitou-Charentes
46.323 -0.586 5 m

It is a blue house fixed on my memory… One comes there by boat…
The blue house, a typical house of the Marais Poitevin.

One sight, 2 images, may 19, 2008
Other sight, 4 images, may 19,2008

Poitevin Marsh, on bank of the Sèvre Niortaise river.
the Sèvre Niortaise river goes through the Marais Poitevin and creates it, known as "la Venise Verte". Green Venice. Typical quiet sigh, and typical weather, sun is often here :)

The sea occupied there is 8000 years all the golf of Pictons.
The 95 000 hectares of the Poitevin Marsh, were built by the marine currents and the alluvia brought by the rivers and rivers. Since the Neolithic era, the resources were exploited there. Salt, fishing, the breeding were developed there until the time Gallo Romaine. With the Middle Ages began great work of draining and installation under the impulse of the abbeys, like the abbaye bénédictine of Maillezais. They continued in particular under Henri IV and the second empire. It was necessary and it is still necessary, to contain the effects of the sea and evacuate surface waters of a marsh often to the lower part of the open seas.
On the whole thousands of kilometers of channels of all sizes, drains, ditches, conches, were dug.

The marshes are divided into two, the desiccated marshes of 47.000 hectares, the wet marshes known as "La Venise Verte", Green Venice of 29.000 hectares. 19000 hectares partially desiccated should be added.
The pressure of agriculture and the catastrophic and total change of climate, lead a difficult existence to the Poitevin marsh.
Le Marais Poitevin

Coulon is a french commune, located in the department of Deux-Sèvres of the Poitou-Charentes area, populated of 2074 Coulonnais, distributed on 30 km², that is to say 69 hab./km².
Coulon belongs to Association "Les plus beaux villages de France", the Most beautiful Villages of France.

My images of Coulon

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