Vercors Flower Photography
Saturday 4th – Saturday 11th June 2016
Between Grenoble and Valence, the Vercors is an area of mountainous limestone. Deep gorges cut by rivers over millions of years are topped by a plateau rising to over 2,300m. The cliff scenery is dramatic. It is an area little known outside France, and previous visits have proved that the area can provide a superb week of photography in its own right.
Scenic and accessible, this jumble of limestone mountains provides a rich range of flowers, butterflies, mammals and birds, all adding their own magic to a stunningly beautiful part of France. And then, of course, you add in excellent wine and food (but not necessarily in that order), and you know this is a typically good Travelling Naturalist destination for wildlife and landscape photography.
This tour will concentrate on flower, landscape and, if opportunities arise, insect photography. You will need to bring a single lens reflex camera (digital or film) with lenses and a tripod (plus anything else you might need) together with plenty of storage for digital images or film. We will find different ways to capture the essence of our subjects whether it is a close-up portrait or a wide angle ‘in habitat’ view.
We will explore a range of habitats from high level ‘Alpine meadows’ stuffed full of a wide variety of blooming plants right down to valley beech woods where tiny Coralroot Orchids grow in competition with large and showy Lady’s Slipper Orchids which sometimes grow in large clumps.
How fabulous it is to stroll through areas so full of flowers that a whole day could be spent securing images of the broad range of species in one small area. Butterflies such as blues and skippers can sometimes be seen gathering at mineral licks while others like Common and Scarce Swallowtail, Clouded Apollos and Painted Ladies are often seen.
If the frequent mention of ‘Alpine’ makes you nervous, don’t worry. This is always a gently paced tour with the vehicle taking the strain of reaching higher locations, and once you have visited the Vercors, if you are anything like our leader, you will want to return time and again.
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