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Natura Mirabilis – Panel No. 4

Located on rue du château, this panel shows four photos (60 x 60 cm).

Formerly, the park of the Château d’Oiron was an immense forest estate. Deer are part of the site’s history. In the 1830s, stags and roe deer were even introduced into the dry moats for the sole pleasure of the owners. It still happens that deer pass the fence to cross the park. This deer was photographed on March 4, 2024 in the plain, very close to the chateau.

600mm – f/6,3 – 1/2000 s – 10000 ISO

Stonecrop (Sedum acre) grows even in the hollows of the walls and in the joints of the stones of the moat of the Château d'Oiron. Up close, you can see its small yellow starry flowers with their five-petaled corolla. A drop of water on a delicate flower of Stonecrop is poetic.

A drop placed on a petal,
Like a floral tear,
A summer regret in short,
Offered in view of the autumn…

100 mm macro – f 2,8 – 1/250 s – 800 ISO

This small raptor, originally from Africa, gradually returned after colonizing the Iberian Peninsula. Attracted by the increase in cereal land, the Black-winged Kite (Elanus caeruleus) arrived in Deux-Sèvres in 2012 where a first nesting was observed. Since then, observations have multiplied. At the time of this photo taken on March 4 2024 near the Château d'Oiron, two couples were present on the plain.

600 mm – f/6,3 – 1/1250 s – 1000 ISO

The common wall lizard (Podarcis muralis) is a protected species in France. It favors dry environments, and its favourite habitiats are old walls, rocky scree or even parapets. It loves spiders, flying insects, beetles and gastropods. This one found its home in the stone walls of the Oiron chateau. There, it can feed on insects and benefit from exposure to the sun to increase its body temperature. But it is shy and evasive. You have to be discreet to capture its portrait.

105 mm macro – f/5 – 1/800 s – 125 ISO