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Michel Thoby

Ruins, Now a Shelter for Beehives

Baziège, France

September, 14, 2014 14:30

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Located quite near our home, it is the remnant of a large farm house that had been built probably in the 19th century. Its architecture was typical of the wealthy Lauragais countryside and it was inhabited until around 1970 but deserted since then.

During four decades, we sadly observed the tiled roofs collapsing one after the others and the rainy wind eating away at the clay that cemented the unprotected walls. Ten years ago in December, the scene was already devastated but vegetation was not yet so invasive: http://michel.thoby.free.fr/Baziege/Rouaret%202004.html

The pigeon loft that proudly occupied the center of the southern facade of the house is still today nearly intact, fiercely yet vainly defending the place!

Thirty five years after the abandoning, trees and bushes had totally seized the whole space when a beekeeper weeded part of the ground, pruned some branches of the invading oaks and installed a dozen of beehives on the front yard ...

Equipment

EF 8-15 mm on Canon EOS 5D2

Manfrotto 269 HDBU + 3 m Manfrotto extension + Fanotec Series 3 Guy wire system

CamRanger remote on iPad 4
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