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04/02/2009

Mont Ventoux, Provence, France


This photo shows the top of Mont Ventoux, a mountain in the Provence region of southern France. The top of the mountain is bare limestone without vegetation or trees. The white limestone on the mountain's barren peak means it appears from a distance to be snow-capped all year round (its snow cover actually lasts from December to April).
It is the largest mountain in the region and has been nicknamed the "Giant of Provence", or "The Bald Mountain". It has gained notoriety through its use in the Tour de France cycling race.
As the name might suggest (venteux means windy in French), it can get windy at the summit, especially with the
Mistral; windspeeds as high as 320 km/h have been recorded. Mont Ventoux, although geologically part of the Alps, is often considered to be separate from them, due to the lack of mountains of a similar height nearby. Its isolated position overlooking the valley of the Rhône ensures that it dominates the entire region and can be seen from many miles away on a clear day. The view from the top is correspondingly superb. There will be soon some photos posted on this blog to demonstrate this !

2 comments:

roentarre said...

This image reveals geomtry within it. Very interesting style you adopt

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