Ile Madame, Charente Maritime, the forgotten pictures.

1892-minipicIn the cumbersome process of uploading my pictures and adding the links where they are available to build my new site, I suddenly realized some of the pictures I took last summer during holidays were missing. I started browsing my different portfolios like Redbubble and Alamy but indeed no pictures to find. Fortunately memory came back, I could still see myself working on the pictures taken during our walk around the isle “Ile Madame” in the Charente Maritime, at the atlantic coast of France. Probably I just skipped them at later time due to other shoots that came around, but now thanks to my “never delete the raws” backup I can retrieve my shots.

That particular day we were doing a hike around the isle “Ile Madame”. This dwarf isle is reachable from the shore of Port-des-Barques during low tide. You can visit it easily by foot. A walk around the island takes about 2 hours so plenty of time to return to the mainland before flood comes in. On the isle itself there is only a farm, a restaurant an a camp site but plenty of nature and nice views on the mainland. In ancient times Ile Madame was the home of monks and you can find a lot of tales when googling for it (they were all slaughtered). For sissies you can even reach it by car and park on the parking lot (don’t go to far from your car).

The island and the whole region was flooded by the storm Xynthia on 28 February 2010. This storm made at least 45 victims in the regions Vendée and Charente Maritime. This region was already recovering from the previous hurricane of 27 December 1999 when most of the oyster farming was destroyed. When we visited Port-des-Barques that summer of 2010 most of the “carrelets” the traditional fishermen huts were destroyed.
Port  des Barques

During our visit in 2013 we were very happy to see that the people of the region are up against struggling to the violent Atlantic ocean and rebuild most of the famous fisherman huts “les carrelets” that are a true landmark for the Charente Maritime region. I’m very happy indeed to have been able to restore these picures to my portfolio.

Remember. Never delete the raw files.


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