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Since we don’t go and hike this week end, let me report you in the present post last Sunday’s outing to the Parc Saint-Pons, located on Gemenos’s territory, close to Marseille, Aix-en-Provence and Toulon. The entrance of this public area and its car park is free. Opening to the West, Saint-Pons steep-sided dale stretches eastwards up to the Sainte-Baume massif. I imagine a summer stroll there would be very pleasant because of the coolness of the dale, but the nearness of three important towns must make it often much frequented. The valley’s vegetation is not mediterranean but looks rather like that of northern France, with deciduous species. For those like us who enjoy good opportunities for photos, this winter end morning is suitable because the place is not busy and the lack of leaves allows the woody landscape to get sun rays. However, I think the optimal moment to “shoot” there would be an autumn end afternoon, when scarce remaining leaves added their golden strokes.
The dale is run along by a small stream that the recent rains make abundant and swift. On top of a small cascade stands Saint-Martin chapel.
This multi-trunked plane tree -and a few others- is growing in the middle of the stream. I suppose this small river is sometimes dried up, allowing the seeds to sprout and the roots to settle. Anyway it’s rather rare to see it since the plane tree is not an aquatic plant.
Close to the plane tree spot, it’s possible, between the branches, to behold the Pic de Bertagne (Bertagne Peak), the Bouches-du-Rhône département (‘county’) highest point (1041m). Zooming makes it appear closer. Several waterfalls adorn the cool landscape.
Here is another small cascade. At the dale end, a former abbey completes the stroll’s appeals. With time enough, it’s possible to go on hiking to the Sainte-Baume summits. Huberaime