the harmony of the sober lines of Valensole's plateau,
I tried with this photographic work to encompass a precise
geographic location and to portray its different aspects:
hilly landscapes, the varied, evolutionary colours
and some some of the activities. These
shots were taken within a radius of
Photographer Advises :
Best time for lavender pictures is approximately from 15th of June to 15th
July, of course it's depend on weather, plateau de Valensole is a wide
place, to see nice fields take the road form Valensole to Puimoisson then to
St Jurs, or from Valensole to Allemagne en Provence. You can drive or
take your bicycle (as me) to Riez then in direction of St Croix du Verdon,
before this village turn left to small road to Moustier St Marie.
Other place to make pictures are in
Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, The Alps of High
Valensole : elevation :
Population : 2450 inhabitants
is 800 km² (133 times larger than Gilbraltar 6 km²) which
represente 2% of
This very vast plateau
municipalities of which the main villages are Valensole,
Puimoisson, Brunet and Riez.
Valensole covers an area of about
The sky is clear and the horizon is magnificent. The plateau is particularly beautiful in spring, from the end of June the golden fields of wheat contrasts with the bloom of the lavandin. The farming of the plateau with agricultural crops brings a variety of constant colours. The often ochre soil is an important element of the landscape.
The unique character of
is generated by a
spacious palette of impressive colours, an explosive contrast between the
soil, the various crops and the colour
of the sky. The horizon
marks a stark divide
with the mountains of Verdon on one side and the mountains of Lurs
of the other. It is easy to take landmarks from this even
our extraterrestrial friends ( surely having access to our same
roadmaps) came to visit the plateau repeatedly. The landscape of
Valnsoel area is unique and have nothing to compare with place as Manosque
Far from the tourist industry the inhabitants of Valensole's region are highly unaffected
II) History :
Considering its exposure to the Southeast, in the Middle Age, the name Valensole was derived from de Vallis Solis: " valley of the Sun ". Later, after the discovery of the gallo-Roman remains in a nearby valley, éthymologistes interprets Valensole " Variance Solum " the land of the Variances, the name of the tribe living there at that time.
It wasn’t until the 10th century, during invasions by barbarians, the inhabitants sought refuge at the top of the village in the fortifications of the reigning lord of the village. In 1682, the plague hit the village during long months. The population was decimated and a hospital to treat victims of the plague was established in the district remote from the Trinity. One can still see the chapel built over the graveyard where the victims were buried.
In 1720 the plague returned, the population was ready to deal with it, and imposed quarantine controls, created health management procedures within the plateau and in neighbouring Durance.
In 1790, there existed an orphanage and two schools, and the population reached 3134 inhabitants by this time.
The predominantly peasant inhabitants on the plateau, just survived on their harvests until the advent of fertilizers which improved the returns and the quality of life. The development of mechanization caused a the drift from the land, but made easier the work of those who remained. Nowadays, agriculture is not such a big employer, and a large part of the population works in service industries around here and in the local towns.Considering its exposure to the Southeast, in the Middle Age, the name Valensole was derived from de Vallis Solis: " valley of the Sun ". Later, after the discovery of the gallo-Roman remains in a nearby valley, éthymologistes