Tuesday, 17 November 2009

The Enchanted Forest

R IS FOR?



ROCKS!

Deep in the heart of Brittany, France lies 'La Forêt de Huelgoat', the last vestiges of a vast ancient forest, which allegedly once spread across vast swathes of Brittany. 'La Forêt de Huelgoat', suffered immense damage in the great storm of 1987, which caused devastation in southern England and northern France. However replacement planting has taken place and it is still a sight to behold. Amidst the oaks and beeches lies a glorious chaos of majestic granite rocks, some of which are named after the forms they resemble. In a place like this you can imagine coming across korrigan, the fairy like spirits of Breton folklore but perhaps the dull skies were not to their liking ~








Nearby is the little town of Huelgoat, where we spent a couple of
rainy days earlier this summer. Despite the weather there was much to keep us occupied apart from our excursion into the forest. It was not quite the Tour de France but we enjoyed an afternoon as spectators of a most serious bike race, some 25 circuits round the lake ~



The day then drew to a close and a new one began with riotous fireworks over the lake at midnight ~




Rush over to ABC Wednesday now for a ruck of Rs !

32 comments:

  1. Oh, what a beautiful place! I would love to visit there! Your photos are marvelous, Anna!

    Enjoy!

    Sylvia

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  2. Amazing jumble of rocks. I love the moss covering them. The forest truly seems like a fairyland. Great post.

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  3. Wow! Moss covered rocks! What beautiful images those are...very nice post for ROCKS!

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  4. Enchanted and full of mystery, Anna! How sad it was damaged, but it still looks wonderful. Surely some type of fairies would find it a perfect spot. Love your fireworks shot too. :-)
    Frances

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  5. Velvety green rocks - what a very impressive effect. If a few fairies were dancing around it would be a magic forest!

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  6. Anna~~ The last photo of the forest with the hikers in the back show how big the rocks are. What a magical place. I love rocks and moss and ferns and green. I want my garden to look like this. Beautiful post, Anna.

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  7. Really enjoyed seeing your rocks, Anna (my youngest daughter's name as well!) - and thanks for viewing mine too!

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  8. Anna:
    If ever there was a picture that proported the belief in reincarnation, the first photos would do - how I would love to come back as a moss covered rock in such a magical setting as this! Sublime!

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  9. I think I am really in love with those rocks - don't tell my husband! It is VERY enchanting.

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  10. These impressive rocks are marvelous dressed in their moss finery. So many beautiful shades of green...

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  11. Wow! I really enjoyed this! I've been to France, but not in the Brittany region. I must make a point of visiting this place as it seems so mysterious. Thanks for sharing it with us. :D

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  12. The rocks are so neat with the moss on them. I didn't realize how big they were 'til I saw the people walking on them. Amazing!

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  13. It looks like a Harry Potter setting, very beautiful and charming!!

    R is for renovation

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  14. Your photos are amazing Anna - what a beautiful and evocative Forest, almost like a film set! I didn't realise the scale of the mossy rocks until I saw people walking across them. Thanks for sharing this very interesting post.

    Jeanne

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  15. Oh, I love Enchanted Forests! This one looks truly mysterious and perfect. I shall write it on my list of place I want to visit!

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  16. I love mossy rocks and the ones you've captured are just perfect. I can imagine the fairy folk dancing on them.

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  17. Ooh, I do like rocks, especially ancient-looking ones as these! Nice.

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  18. Oh my goodness, those moss covered boulders are gorgeous!! Such beautiful photos.

    And the firework picture is amazing. Unlike anything I've seen - most original. Good capture!

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  19. What a beautiful place! I love the rocks covered with all the moss; thanks for showing the photo of the hikers walking through this area to give an idea of the size of these boulders. I can just imagine the fairies playing about here.

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  20. Out of this world ! What a amazing place to visit. Thanks for sharing this fabulous glimpse.

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  21. Those moss covered rocks make me crazy, they are so gorgeous!

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  22. Form, form, form.

    Goodness me how moss and lichen bring the rocks alive.

    An enchanted forest indeed.

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  23. I love this place, went there many years ago and your pictures have brought back many memories. Thanks for posting them

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  24. Mossy rocks take me far far away....
    Thank you for the trip into Fairy land....
    Sherry

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  25. What an enchanting place Pity the fairies/gremlins were hiding.

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  26. Stunning photos of a magical place. I'd love to visit there. Thanks for sharing the story and the photos!

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  27. Lovely rocks. GREEN, of COURSE. Wonder if they are slippery when wet, which would be my personal concern if climbing.

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  28. What a lovely place and the boulders were much larger then I first thought...those hikers helped with perspective! I love moss and lichen.

    gail

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  29. Enchanting indeed. I wonder if Enid Blyton got her inspiration from here when writing about The Enchanted Wood.

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  30. Fascinating. I had no idea there was such an enchanted and ancient place still around. I love this!

    Great photos and thanks for sharing :)

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  31. Now, those are some heavy duty rocks there! What a beautiful place they are in! I enjoyed your photos!

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- Anna.