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Vertical Panorama of La Grotte Sarrazine


Before

Le Bief Sarrazin: it's a good name for a raging torrent that appears out of a cave at the foot of a huge cathedral of sheer limestone rock which rears above. Down here, in the depths of the Gorges du Lison, it's lush and verdant, and with the short days of October steadily passing, the russet colours of autumn tinge the leaves in the woods all around me. I've been here for hours; morning has turned to afternoon yet still I'm engrossed, captivated by the photographic potential of this gorgeous (sorry!) area. I've not moved more than a 100 metres all day and it’s been a real pleasure to just zone in on the possibilities for perceptive images here near the Source du Lison. 

How, though, can I possibly capture the full expanse of this incredible location? A hundred metres directly above me the sheer cliff juts out as an overhang, a remnant of the ceiling of the cave that this gorge used to be. At my feet, le Bief (a rush, or temporary stream) courses between shapely rocks covered in velvety green moss. The self indulgent pictures of boulders and rushing water I've been amusing myself with so far are all well and good, but do nothing to portray the essence of this unique limestone topography high in the Massif du Jura. This landscape is talking to me and it’s my duty to listen, and make a picture to match.

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