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Blizzard on the draille of Bouzedes a secular route of transhumance

Blizzard on the draille of Bouzedes a secular route of transhumance

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Blizzard on the draille of Bouzedes  a secular route of transhumance

A day of blizzard and great cold, in the middle of the forest of Mont Lozere, I was able to follow a marked trails and itineraries that allowed me to discover privileged landscapes. I arrived in the hamlet “Les Bouzedes”. I was able to take photographs and film the eastern slopes of the Mont Lozère via Draille of Bouzèdes, a secular route of transhumance in the Cevennes.

The “draille” common name to name the path of herds, follows the passages of the sheep that lead to the summer pastures. The draille is not an itinerary linking villages or areas of transhumance, which are born from the plains and join on knots, once combined they constitute great collectors on the massifs.

The sites used for the midday and evening stops have passed through the centuries under the names of breaks, parades or areas. As for the areas or ayres, the same name or the same diminutives have also been used to designate the flat surfaces where the rolls or scourges were depicted (like the Bouzèdes area).

Thus, to differentiate them, it is useful to know that the laying areas of the ewes were looking for the shelter, while the wheat areas should be installed on an eminence if possible so that the winds blow from all directions . In the Cévennes, sheepfolds are often distinguished as vast clearings surrounded by chestnut trees, set up on a flat connecting two eminences borrowed by the draille.

Snowstorm on the Bouzedes trail in the Cevennes National Park

Snowstorm on the Bouzedes trail in the Cevennes National Park

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