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En ce samedi 8 juin de l'an de grâce 2024 à 16 heures, une cinquantaine de personnes se sont retrouvées devant l'entrée du château d'Oiron.
Une visite guidée des merveilles de l'édifice ? Non point, mais plutôt une balade dans le bourg à la découverte de quelques clichés disposés ça et là au hasard des rues.

Cette visite inaugurale du parcours photographique Natura Mirabilis conclut un an et demi de travail.
En effet, tout au long de l'année 2023, dans le parc du château, 13 photographes de l'association Camera Natura ont traqué sans relâche les cyclamens, les papillons, les abeilles, …

Début 2024, après une sélection intense et sévère, 39 heureuses élues ont eu la chance d'être imprimées sur des bâches et amoureusement agrafées sur les châssis construits par des membres de l'Association des Amis d'Oiron.
Ces derniers (les châssis pas les membres) furent ensuite fixés sur des supports (eux aussi construits par les sus-dits) disposés selon un parcours (bien entendu hautement réfléchi et, disons-le, soumis quelque peu aux contraintes imposées par la présence souveraine du château).

Robert, président de l'Association des Amis d'Oiron, présente brièvement le déroulement des opérations.

Première étape : le long du mur du château.
Jean-Jacques, un des représentants de Camera Natura, explique ensuite son travail ainsi que celui de ses "collègues".

Le public, hautement concentré, contemple le travail des photographes.

Poursuite du cheminement le long du mur du château pour découvrir les oeuvres suivantes.

Eh oui … y'a comme un lézard !

Après avoir tourné à gauche dans la rue Sainte Anne … au croisement avec la rue des Quénards ...
... le groupe Esprit musical offre sa première prestation.

Le cheminement rue Sainte Anne nous emmène tout doucement à la collégiale.

Après avoir emprunté la petite venelle, on arrive à la cour des badauds où le public écoute religieusement la deuxième prestation du groupe Esprit musical.

Après avoir contemplé les "Reflets" devant la Conviviale, nos pas nous conduisent au bout de l'impasse de la grillère, devant le "Chemin de verre".

Au bout du chemin, on retrouve le groupe qui nous accompagne rue Madame de Montespan …

... jusqu'à la place des marronniers où le public peut découvrir 4 chevalets double face (8 photos).

Après les discours des V.I.P. ….

… vivent les chouquettes !

Dans la presse régionale : Plaine-et-Vallées. Le parcours Natura mirabilis inauguré

This photo (80 x 120 cm) is located rue des Quinconces. She finishes the course.

The Hummingbird hawk moth ‘(moro-sphinx’ in French)is so-called for its resemblance to the hummingbird. This is a species of diurnal butterfly known for its ability to forage while hovering. Among its favorite foods are lavender flowers. It owes its French name ‘sphinx’ to the raised posture of the caterpillar when resting, evoking the shape of the mythological creature.

105 mm macro – f/8 – 1/400 s – 100 ISO

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Along the arcades, tufts of lavender commune with the stone. They form the setting for a perpetual dance in which the hummingbird moth competes for the spotlight with the damselflies.

This photo (80 x 120 cm) is located rue des Quénards.

With their impeccable alignment the chestnut trees in the park lend themselves to photographic effects. In this photo, it’s about playing on the vertical blur effect. Thus, the trunks seem to emerge from a halo of greenery while the foliage blends into shades of green.

55 mm – f/3.5 – 1/2 s – 200 ISO

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Between the chateau and the collegiate church, the line of trees can be photographed whenever inspiration strikes. A slow pendulum movement with the camera body, from bottom to top, gently... and the image appears, offering new perceptions of the place.

This photo (120 x 80 cm) is located at Place des Marronniers.

Photographic wanderings in the spaces of the chateau park often bring pleasant surprises. One autumn morning, droplets of water adorned this clover leaf with a thousand crystal pearls.

Delicately suspended,
Along with a little-known hairiness,
A thousand and one droplets,
Pearls of an old-fashioned mist.

100 mm macro – f/2,8 – 1/250s – 1000 ISO

This photo (120 x 80 cm) is located at Place des Marronniers.

Beauty of form, perfection of the spiral. Movement in stillness that attracts and fascinates. A tiny swirl, carrying the cyclamen seed.

What a strategy to reproduce! This cyclamen seed will be placed delicately on the ground by its spiral. This is how the shy autumn cyclamen multiplies.

100 mm macro – f/2,8 – 1/160 s – 160 ISO

This photo (120 x 80 cm) is located at Place des Marroniers.

This April morning begins under the sign of whiteness, in the chateau orchard in full bloom. I have changed scale to focus on the pearls of dew that light up this dandelion ready to scatter its seeds.

Assemblage de mise au point réalisé à partir de 10 photographies.
60 mm macro – f/5,6 – 1/400s – 200 ISO

This photo (120 x 80 cm) is located at Place des Marroniers.

The marsh reeds cast their reflections in the still waters. The silence, barely disturbed by the croaking of frogs, is conducive to meditation. The atmosphere is light, like this fragile feather suspended in a halo of light. Beyond daydreaming, the chateau's moat is a place of biodiversity where it is not uncommon to surprise a heron or a fox in search of food. The vegetation is lush, and the young willows constitute a prime stopover for bird populations.

165 mm – f/16 – 1/320 s – 100 ISO

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Chiaroscuro in the chateau moat. The marsh reeds cast their reflections in the still waters. The silence, barely disturbed by the croaking of frogs, is conducive to meditation. The atmosphere is light like this fragile feather suspended in a halo of light.

This photo (120 x 80 cm) is located at Place des Marroniers.

The Dive du Nord is one of the canals created in France to supply cities with agricultural products from the countryside, , or even to trade with foreign countries. The Dive canal network, which dates back to the 18th and 19th centuries, is 28 kilometers long between Vienne and Deux-Sèvres. Its aim was to transport cereals and wine to the Loire, via Thouet. Its banks, with their rich riparian forest, are places for walks and a true paradise for insects.

105 mm – f/20 – 1/320 s – 6400 ISO

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Banks of the Dive, in Pas-de-Jeu, a league from Oiron. The grass bows its head, forming a bishop's crozier, to accommodate a garden spider and its web. The destinies of animal and plant are united in a fragile communion with mystical overtones.

This photo (120 x 80 cm) is located at Place des Marroniers.

The banks of the Dive to the north-east of Oiron, on the borders of Vienne, are home to a multiplicity of insects. Apart from the numerous odonates, from the dragonfly to the damselfly, going round a bush we come acrossdifferent species of spiders like this wasp spider. With its mix of patterns and colors, this spider can deceive its potential prey, but that is not enough to catch them. It adds real know-how to weave a canvas, a true architectural masterpiece.

105 mm macro – f/8 – 1/640 s – 250 ISO