Impressions of Belle Ile

Belle Ile, France

Belle Ile, France

The island of Belle Ile in France has been a popular location for artists. Octave Penguilly L’Haridon’s 1859 painting Les Petites mouettes (“Little Gulls”) (1858, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rennes) depicts the island. It was praised by Maxime du Camp and Charles Baudelaire, who referred to the sense of the uncanny, as though the rocks make “a portal open to infinity…a wound of white birds, and the solitude!” During the 1870s and 1880s, French Impressionist painter Claude Monet painted the rock formations at Belle Île. Monet’s series of paintings of the rocks at Belle Île astounded the Paris art world when he first exhibited them in 1887. Most notable are the Storm, Coast at Belle-Ile and Cliffs at Belle-Ile both rendered in 1886. The first time Auguste Rodin saw the ocean off the Brittany coast he exclaimed, “It’s a Monet.” 1 CONTINUE READING…

Zen

Zen, Perros Guirec, view on Sept Iles

Zen

No, that’s not mount Fuji there on the horizon, though it looks a bit like it. Neither is it a snow covered volcano. It’s an island with about 20.000 birds perched on the north face. The island is called “l’île Rouzic” and it’s located about 6 miles off the coast of Perros Guirec in Brittany, France. Rouzic is one of the “Seven Islands” (“Sept Iles” in French). The birds are Northern Gannets and this is the only colony of Gannets found in France. CONTINUE READING…

Seven Islands

View on "Sept Iles" Bretagne, France with two rocks

Seven Islands

We just got back from a fantastic trip to Perros Guirec in Brittany, France. As promised in the previous post, I’ll share some pictures we took during the week. The weather was pretty OK for the kind of photography I had in mind, although it was more suited for sun-bathing and swimming. It was sunny and warm most of the time… Anyway, we had a cloudy day or two, with nice skies, so all was well.

The first day we went to the coast the weather was not very cooperative however. We had gray overcast skies for the most of the day. I found these beautiful, eroded rocks at low tide and decided to take a picture. I made a long exposure without including too much of the predominantly gray sky. In the background you can see two of the “Seven Islands” in the mist. CONTINUE READING…