I like the vast spaces

J ‘ aime les grands espaces

I like the vast spaces

English version below the picture .

J’ ai pris cette photo il y a quelques années Elle montre le commencement de l ‘ estuaire d ‘une rivière picarde , l ‘ Authie . Sur la photo le rivière vient de la gauche et commence à se frayer un passage dans les dépôts de boue laissés par les hautes marées pour s ‘ épanouir plus loin dans la mer.

    Je frissonnais en contemplant ce paysage sans limites , fait d ‘ eau , de lumière , de boue et de végétation capable de résister au sel . Cependant je connais très bien cet estuaire puisque j ‘ ai fait en 1964 la carte de la végétation qu ‘il contient , formant des zonations selon le gradient de sel des amas de boue . Cela me prit deux mois à marcher de long en large à l ‘intérieur de l ‘ estuaire pour étudier la végétation et ses variations .

  Mais je ne me lasse jamais de regarder cet espace infini dans lequel on se sent re – créé . Je vois là un paysage des origines avec cependant quelques traces humaines ( les petites barques collées à la boue ) , un paysage qui incite à la méditation et à la prière .

The beginning of the estuary of the river Authie ( Picardy, France )

   This photo has been taken some years ago . It shows the beginning of the estuary of a river in Picardy ( Northern France ) called Authie . On the picture , the river comes from the left and starts to clear a path among the amounts of salted mud left by the high tides to bloom farther in the sea .

  I was shivering in  gazing at this unlimited landscape made of light , water , mud and vegetation able to resist to the salt . However I know very well this estuary since I made in 1964 the map of the vegetation inside , forming zonings according to the percentage of salt in the amounts of mud . I needed two months to walk back and forth into the estuary to study the vegetation and its variations .

 But I am never tired to gaze at this infinite space in wich we feel ourself  re- created . I saw there a landscape from the origins with , however , some human traces ( the small boats stuck on the mud ) , a landscape inciting to the meditation and the prayer .

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85 Responses to I like the vast spaces

  1. suester7 says:

    How are you, Michel?

  2. puffpop says:

    So very interesting. You always seem to be beauty everywhere. It looks quiet and serene.

    • In fact, when I studied the various plant species to determine how they associated, I was always alone among those plants sometimes very high visited by bees. It was loneliness in nature still authentic

  3. Stephanie Wall says:

    La nature est tres belle toute autour de nous

  4. judyrutrider says:

    We are kindred spirits in our love of the quiet, vast places.

  5. mrswrangler says:

    Interesting story my friend. I see beauty when I look at the picture. No cold at all. I have some pictures like that trigger how awful hot or cold it was. A bad day, a good day, or a windy day.

  6. Gracia McDairmant says:

    Beautiful and fascinating. That must have been quite a study! You have an inquiring and worshipful mind. A good thing.

    • Yes, Gracia, I spent two months July-August 1964 to go through the muddy areas occupied by salt-adapted vegetation. After that, from my floristic recordings I made the map of the vegetation of this estuary that I presented before a jury of the university. It was passioning

  7. John and Maggie Clark says:

    Beautiful photo-I can almost feel the wind on the water. Thanks for sharing !

  8. blb1 says:

    I can’t help but wonder if you ever got a foot stuck in the mud while you studied? 🙂 I used to like sitting by a creek and watching and hearing the water flow. Often off came the shoes to wade in.

    • I did not go in the mud without vegetation called ” slikke ” that may be dangerous but I walked on the part of the estuary called “shore ” covered of vegetation that is only covered pat the sea only as very high tide.

  9. such a beautiful picture, I don’t wonder that you like to pull this to see the wonder of it. My best Michel, Love, Holly

  10. whyzat says:

    I have never seen such a pretty picture of mud! I have about six inches of snow on my sidewalk and driveway this morning. I have cleaned off some of the sidewalk with a shovel, but I will leave the rest to Tony and his machine!

  11. cocosangel says:

    Wow it is a lovely scenary

  12. What a beautiful place and you captured it wonderfully in this photo, Michel! 🙂

    Like you, I never tire of the wide open spaces…to be able to see for miles and miles…the beauty, and often the quiet. 🙂 It’s like looking at a clear night sky or any body of water, to me. All of those make me so grateful to be a small part of it all…make me feel so serene…so joyful! 🙂

    How wonderful that you got to study this area and it’s vegetation! 🙂
    HUGS!!! 🙂

  13. Lavinia Ross says:

    That is beautiful scenery, Michel, and I love your description of it. It does lead one to meditation and prayer.

    Much love to you and the family ❤

  14. Beautiful! I never knew you did those types of studies.

  15. murisopsis says:

    Your photography skills are great! This photo makes me want to write poetry!!

    • I imagine you sitting in the tall grass contemplating the vast expanse of salt mud, breathing the salty air brought by a small wind coming from the sea. this is provoking poetry, Val.

  16. Pam says:

    Just beautiful!!

  17. Susan Joos says:

    What an interesting thing to do! It is very beautiful. Never a bad thing to get out among nature!

  18. Rachel says:

    I enjoy ling views of places. It brings a peace that is often not there. Maybe it helps us enjoy life more?! 🔷💚🔷

  19. Carole says:

    Un très joli coin que j aime aussi. Agréable à cheval aussi. Bonne soirée je t embrasse bien fort Carole

  20. nhislop says:

    That’s a very beautiful picture. I love water – rivers, lakes, the ocean. There is something very calming about it. I imagine that you enjoyed studying the vegetation here!

  21. Isabel Capillas says:

    A nice and quiet place for meditation

  22. Absolutely gorgeous. And yes..the perfect place to meditate, pray, relax,and refresh.

  23. Karen J Fidler says:

    This is beautiful, Michel…so flat and open! It reminds me of a particular area here in Rhode Island. Julie would know it, an area called Point Judith and Galilee, where the ferry leaves for Block Island, a small tourist island off the coast. People enjoy harvesting clams in the flats! Love, Karen

  24. Marion Manson says:

    I agree, Michel, wide open spaces are intriguing to look at. Just taking in the sheer expanse can be breathtaking!!

  25. Michel, what a simple photo of Mother Nature and how she is always changing. Thank you for a lovely description. Hope you’re having a good day. John is slowly recovering from his 4 heart by-passes on Dec 4, 2018. now 36 sessions of cardio rehab. He’ll finish about April 10. The sessions are now getting more intense. So, he is in bed by 8 p.m. He will have to make changes and we’ll have to hire others to keep our yard clean and in order. John is 80 1/2 yrs old. The doc said if he wasn’t in such excellent physical condition, he would not have been able to have the surgery. So we pray and live one day at a time and enjoy that day. Love to you and your lovely Janine…………………Marilyn ❤

  26. Carole says:

    Tu nous y as beaucoup emmene avec les normaliens bonne journée Carole

  27. mlbncsga says:

    Mornin Glorie… I wonder if the mud gets covered during the high tides? It’s very beautiful and must have been rewarding to do such studies for the university, it also looks cold there…I like the seashore in cold weather, not so many people are about and it does make for a good place of meditation and prayer! ILYM

  28. neilc693 says:

    I wonder if the conditions are still the same . . . in so many places critical areas like estuaries are being affected by so many things now.

    • Yes , Neil, the conditions are the same as in 1964 because the estuaries od Authie and river Somme are protected . However there is a intense exploitation of the molluscs living in the mud ( cockles) and also of a plant of the shore that is not often covered by the sea water: Salicornia maritima , used now in salad !!

      • neilc693 says:

        It’s good to hear these are protected areas. One worries about new external interlopers though. In some of our waterways zebra mussels and other such things have become troublesome. And they are saying sensitive amphibians are showing increase in birth deformities from chemicals in plastics and so on. It takes vigilance to preserve treasures!
        Pascal famously said about vastnesses, Le silence éternel de ces espaces infinis m’effraie. But he might have had mathematical infinities in mind. Ones like these are full of life, if one has the eyes to see.

      • Yes pollution is everywhere unhappily. The estuary is calm but every day there is tidal movement; There is also life in the mud, in the water and on the shore (plants and insects such as bees)

  29. Erratum ;Typing mistake; please read: ” But this specie is the one that endures the highest coefficient of salt”

  30. Cheri Herald says:

    Interesting read, as always, my friend.

  31. iampeacenow says:

    Lovely image and also your thoughts are lovely. It does look very peaceful. A wonderful place for contemplation.
    peace & love,

  32. Zakiah says:

    Dear Michel,
    You always have the best photographs of beauty to share with us. Such inspiration I gather from your words and your pictures. I love the photograph.
    Hope you are doing very well and your family is enjoying the winter. We have had tons of snow in the last two weeks. Would you like us to send some to you from here??


  33. Véronique says:

    La photo est magnifique ! Et cet endroit magique me rappelle les grandes promenades qu’on y faisait avec Mamie quand nous étions enfants !
    Bon dimanche Papa, je vous embrasse

  34. Barbara Lenhard says:

    This is very beautiful, Michel

  35. L. Marie says:

    Lovely, Michel! It reminds me I am small and God is big.

  36. Yvonne says:

    Beautiful photograph, Michel.
    Thank you for the two beautiful cards (the first arrived around Christmas, the second arrived yesterday (Monday)) – they are treasures to receive.


  37. Anna says:

    Hello Michel,

    How are you?

    Thank you for this lovely post. I would love to view such a beautiful scenery like this as well!

    I hope you and Janine and the rest of your family are doing well. Take care and have a wonderful weekend.


  38. wissh says:

    I see it looks very peaceful, Michel. I wonder what it looks like today.
    Christine ❤️

  39. Cassi says:

    A profound appreciation of natures watery foot steps, Michel. You make us see magic in this watery connection of salt and sea 🙂 thank you!

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