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After the Flood.

En 1929 la construction d’un barrage a englouti la vallée du Blavet située en Centre Bretagne. C’était une belle vallée avec des genêts, des bruyères, des ajoncs, des jonquilles. Sur la rivière qui constituait la partie centrale du canal de Nantes à Brest passaient les péniches, tirées chacune par deux chevaux. Sur ses rives vivaient des éclusiers, des meuniers, des carriers qui débitaient les veines de schiste pour en extraire l’ardoise nécessaire à la couverture des maisons bretonnes. Il y avait même une guinguette où l’on venait se divertir au son d’un piano mécanique....
Les maisons des éclusiers et des ardoisiers, la guinguette, les vergers et les jardins, les arbres et les fleurs, le chemin de halage : tout a disparu sous les eaux et les habitants, le coeur lourd, ont du aller refaire leur vie ailleurs...

Au mois de mars 2015, EDF a entrepris de vider le lac de Guerlédan afin d’effectuer des travaux de maintenance sur le barrage. Petit à petit un monde fantomatique a surgi des eaux...




In the year 1929 the construction of a dam gobbled up the valley of Blavet situated in Center Brittany. It was a beautiful valley with brooms, heathers, gorses, daffodils. On the river which constituted the central part of the channel from Nantes to Brest sailed barges, pulled each by two horses. On its banks lived lock keepers, millers, quarrymen who extract from veins of schist the slate so necessary to cover the Breton houses.. There was even an open-air dance hall where people use to come to amuse at the sound of a piano organ....
The houses of the lock keepers as well of those of the slate-quarry workers, the open-air dance hall, the orchards and the gardens, the trees and the flowers, the towpath : everything disappeared under waters and the inhabitants, with a heavy heart, have to leave to start a new life somewhere else...

In March 2015, EDF, the French power company, started to empty the lake of Guerlédan to make maintenance works on the dam.
Little by little a ghostly world appeared from waters...
A T F - 1
A T F - 1
Outcrops of Schist/Bathed Tree.
Outcrops of Schist/Bathed Tree.
Purple Bank.
Purple Bank.
Beau Rivage.
Beau Rivage.
13/11/2015
13/11/2015
These trees will never wear buds anymore...
These trees will never wear buds anymore...
The River Bed.
The River Bed.
Would we have found the Noah's Ark ?
Would we have found the Noah's Ark ?
The Silver River and the Brook Color of Rust.
The Silver River and the Brook Color of Rust.
Rust and Mud.
Rust and Mud.
Once it was a House with a garden around...
Once it was a House with a garden around...
Dragon's skin.
Dragon's skin.
The Valley of Desolation.
The Valley of Desolation.
Crust and Mud.
Crust and Mud.
The Lost Valley.
The Lost Valley.
 A Surrealistic Lunch.
A Surrealistic Lunch.
Erosion.
Erosion.
A Stone Garden.
A Stone Garden.
Like Fossilized.
Like Fossilized.
Sand, Mud and Water.
Sand, Mud and Water.
The House of the Lock Keeper.
The House of the Lock Keeper.
Three Months Later...
Three Months Later...
Renaissance.
Renaissance.
The Garden of Eden ?
The Garden of Eden ?
La Maison de l'Ardoisier.
La Maison de l'Ardoisier.
The Orchard.
The Orchard.
The Old Oak.
The Old Oak.
Profusion.
Profusion.
The Curved Path.
The Curved Path.
River Blavet.
River Blavet.
The River in September.
The River in September.
Morning Light on the Resurgent Valley.
Morning Light on the Resurgent Valley.
La Maison de l'Ecluse.
La Maison de l'Ecluse.
September Colors.
September Colors.
The Towpath.
The Towpath.
The Chameleon House :)
The Chameleon House :)
Still Standing...
Still Standing...
Oaks and Alders.
Oaks and Alders.
Last Look on the Valley.
Last Look on the Valley.