You see the orchard and the vegetable fields of our neighbour, the hills of the Massif des Maures with chestnut and oak forests, and the "haunted house" with the permanently closed shutters.
The small image above was taken on 13 October, just three weeks after we moved in.

The next two images date from 2 November, one taken in the morning, one in the evening.

Collobrières - à droite de mon bureau

Collobrières - à droite de mon bureau

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By the end of November (25th), the trees in the orchard have shed their leaves, the tips of the twigs shimmer in pink. A promise of spring?


Collobrières - à droite de mon bureau


Collobrières - à droite de mon bureau

16 December: Winter!
Frost in the morning. The image is taken just before noon. The sun touches just barely on the orchard.


Luckily, winter is short. At the end of February, spring imposes itself with forcefully.

Collobrières vergers / orchard

Collobrières verger / orchard







5 February and 3 March: Late winter and early spring at the orchard
Apricot and peach trees begin to blosom early.
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Collobrières - à droite de mon bureau

2 March: Spring at the orchard
The tree in full bloom to left has showered us with yellow plums during the last weeks. Impossible to collect them fast enough. It is a pity, one cannot take the fruit to a distillery to make Schnaps, as we would do in Saarland. A number of overloaded branches have broken of, unfortunately. We need this tree for shade!

Collobrières - à droite de mon bureau - grêle

5 March: Winter's last stance
A hail storm at night does not leave a lasting impression. The fruit trees are unscathed and will produce a record harvest by June.


Collobrières - à droite de mon bureau

15 March: Spring is really established now


The next two images show the seasonal progress in spring, with different trees blossoming.
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Collobrières - à droite de mon bureau

24 March


Collobrières - à droite de mon bureau

10 April


Collobrières - à droite de mon bureau

23 July: Summer, shades of green
Not the best time for photography. At least, I have not yet found a satisfactory way to photographing summer down here.



PS: Vineyard and reflections

Collobrières vignes réflexion
Here is another view out of my window, looking to the left, complementing last week's images, and re-introducing my favourite theme of reflections.
In this case the laurel bush in front of my office and the vineyard to the left are (partially) reflected in the French window of my office.
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Collobrières laurier réflexion