Nivernais and Loire Valley Skies

While we are on the subject of France (see The Lions of Lyon), when I was travelling there one year ago I couldn’t help but notice how beautiful the spring light was in the large open valleys of the Nivernais and Loire Valleys. There was a softness early in the mornings and around sunrise that offered up some excellent conditions to shoot photographs in. This is what you dream of, having a stunning subject with stunning light to go along with it. Of course, the weather isn’t always perfect with lots of spring rains whipping through the area as well. It all adds up to a good photographic experience. As the weather was a little iffy this week on the west coast of Canada I figure a little glimpse of France would work well for this weeks’ Sky Watch Friday.

Nivernais Canal, Cuzy, France

Nivernais Canal, Cuzy, France

Extreme weather in Le Guetin, France

Extreme weather in Le Guetin, France

Le Guetin, France

Le Guetin, France

Cathedral, Chatillon en Bazois, France

Cathedral, Chatillon en Bazois, France

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19 Responses to “Nivernais and Loire Valley Skies”

  1. Diane C. says:

    These are all great, but my favorite is the golden light in Le Guetin.

  2. Deborah Godin says:

    Wonderful series – you’re right about the light. And that top one is mirror-perfect!

  3. Guy D says:

    I can’t decide which photo I like best, they are all fabulous.

    Have a great week
    Regina In Pictures

  4. Robin from Israel says:

    How beautiful. Cruising down a French canal has long been a dream of mine. Perhaps when the children are a little bit older…

  5. Rune says:

    Great images, all in their own way.
    Happy SkyWatch! :)

  6. Sylvia Kirkwood says:

    What fantastic shots! Each one different and beautiful! Surely took my breath away! Happy SWF! Have a great weekend!

  7. yogi says:

    Great shots. I really like the last canal picture. Very peaceful scene.

  8. kevin says:

    Thanks all,

    I highly recommend a canal trip if you ever get the chance. It’s a very slow paced way to enjoy the beautiful people, countryside and towns of the area. And, the food and wine are excellent!

  9. hip chick says:

    I love the way you captured the light reflecting on the water and even on the building.

  10. Sally in WA says:

    Enjoyable photos. I like the lighting in the cathedral one.

  11. Tara R. says:

    The blue in the last shot is incredible.

  12. mountain.mama says:

    You’re right, the light is wonderful. I like that first shot.

  13. Shey says:

    All are terrific shots! I particularly love the blue sky in the last photo. :)

  14. Arija says:

    Great shots, the first one has magnificent clarity, I remember the Loire valley closer to the second.

  15. Karen says:

    Great photos !!!

    I think that third one is my favourite. The soft, yelow light and the serenity of the scene, is very beautiful…

  16. martha says:

    Oh wow! Fantastic images!

  17. David says:

    The Cathedral shot is beyond magnificent. It’s perfect.

  18. dave the rave says:

    a real treat to see these shots. tons of talent evident. really liked the boat in storm shot

  19. kevin says:

    Great memories from this trip, it was a pleasure to share them!

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