An afternoon in the Gulf of Morbihan looking for old remarkable trees. In the direction of Pluneret where we know that there is a very old chestnut tree photographed in 1900. We will not see it, it is in a private property but we discover two beautiful specimens in the middle of the meadows. Just the time for a picture and we drive back to the coast looking for another remarkable tree. This is the old chestnut of Baden. Despite the years, he is still there, his branches grab the clouds and play with the wind, his imposing body of 8m in circumference turns right in spirals as to better climb to the sky. A few meters away is the sea and the golf, tonight it’s the ducks – the Common shelducks (Tadorne de Belon) and the waders – the Stilt Sandpipers who come to visit him .. It can be touched while breathing the smell of the sea , so close..
The golf of Morbihan, this small sea which gave its name to the department where we live today. Mor-Bihan means “small sea” in Breton. It is an inland sea in the north of the Bay of Biscay, on the Atlantic Ocean of an east-west length of about 20 kilometers dotted with many islands and islets. Large expanse of sea water, the Gulf of Morbihan is an exceptional site for sailing but also a wonderful place for walking. Coastal paths sometimes nicknamed “customs path” in France allow everywhere in France to follow the coastline while admiring the landscape with superb views of the ocean, bays or ria. Destination Saint Philibert looking for a Monterey pine. An alignment of pines clinging to the cliff embellishes a peaceful walk from the tip of Men er Belec to the chapel Saint Philibert in the village. The Monterey pine is still there hanging on its cliff. I came back following the sea level and walking on the rocks to get a photo from the bottom of the track.
To finish temporarily this small series of photos devoted to the remarkable trees of Morbihan, I selected two specimens in the Golf.
First in Crach – The Kergleverit chestnut imposes its massive silhouette on the plot. Its twisted trunk is 4m in circumference. Its main branches are also twisted on the right. With a height of 12m and a wingspan of 14m, it is a good landmark for walkers, the hiking path (Golf tour) is not so far away.
In the village of Locmariaquer, Lambert’s cypresses stand tall – 33m high with 20m wingspan and 6.45m in circumference. It is on a private property but can be seen from the narrow street. With the bell tower of the village, for 150 years, it is used as a landmark for boats sailing along the river Auray in the golf.
Sunny and partially cloudy – the perfect day for a walk in the Gulf...