Windmill Near Mont St. Michel, Beauvoir, France, photo by John Ecker | pantheon photography
WINDMILL NEAR MONT ST. MICHEL, BEAUVOIR, FRANCE: It’s not easy finding a new perspective from which to photograph Mont St. Michel. It must be one the most photographed sites in all of France. Driving across the countryside, looking for a new angle, I spotted this well-known (to others, not to me until then) windmill perched atop a ridge in a field. Windmills have been in use in the area for hundreds of years. Now, an ambitious wind generation plan is said to be compromising Mont St. Michel, a UNESCO heritage site. The wind farms are part of President Nicolas Sarkozy’s plans to generate electricity from alternate sources. UNESCO, along with local authorities preservationists across France, are concerned that the proposed wind turbines will be a blight on the landscape and compromise the spectacular views of Mont St. Michel. I could not agree more. This windmill is located near Beauvoir in the Lower Normandy Region. Nearby are the towns of Saint-Georges-de-Gréhaigne and Tanis.
Shot handheld with a Nikon D300, Nikkor 16-85 lens at 85mm. f/16, 1/200 sec, ISO 800. Photo by John Ecker, Pantheon Photography