You’ve probably read about the fungus that is killing the plane trees on the banks of the Canal du Midi. Trees within 50 metres of diseased trees are being destroyed in order to stop the progression of the disease. In theory that means that plane trees that aren’t close to the Canal du Midi are safe. I hope so.
The plane trees are so emblematic of the south of France, those long tree-lined roads leading to medieval villages, the dappled shade, the sense of coolness on a hot summer day, it just wouldn’t be the same without them.
The road to Camplong – in the Corbieres – is plane tree perfection. Huge trees line the road, there are vines on either side. The road curves a couple of times on the way into the village and there are places where you can see the trees, the vines, and the hills behind the village. It’s beautiful.
It’s one of those places that I’ve often stopped at for no reason other than to enjoy the beauty and the sense of calm. This picture was taken in early spring. (Unfortunately, in the battle of age and memory age is winning and I can’t remember the name of the white flowers. I’ll come back and enter it when I do remember.)