Sunday, August 25, 2013

Sunday Color: Gouffre Turquoise

Isn't it beautiful? This is the Gouffre de Lantouy located about a 15 minute drive from my house. A gouffre is defined by my Larousse French dictionary as an abyss. There are several in this part of France. In a region of porous limestone ground permeated by underground watercourses and caves, some gouffres are formed when the thin layer of limestone over a cavern collapses and the resulting hole is filled with water bubbling up from deep under the ground. Other gouffres such as the Gouffre de Padriac simply become huge holes leading to underground caverns. The one in Padriac has a river running through the cavern at its bottom. The beautiful Gouffre de Lantouy, however, is simply filled with cold, clear turquoise water

As pretty as this shimmering turquoise water is, the place itself has a bit of a creepy aura to it. Perhaps it's because it sits in a very narrow, secluded valley and feels quite closed in and neglected.  Or perhaps it's because of something else? There is a feeling of malcontent lingering here. I'll tell you a story about it next week....

1 comment:

  1. Such a gorgeous color! and so enchanting, the idea of the underground caverns.