Mont Saint Michel

DSC_0858About the Location:  On a rocky island 1km off of the northern French coast sits a small village (current population: 50) that has been primarily a monastery (dating back to the 700’s), but has also served as a prison and a strategic outpost for military defense. At high tide, the ocean surrounds the island making it inaccessible to would-be invaders back in the time it was first inhabited. Today there is a bridge and frequent buses that shuttle in 3 million people per year. Despite the tourists and modern commercialization, Mont Saint Michel lived up to the hype, so definitely go and visit if you are headed to Normandy.

About the Shot:  This is a commonly photographed landmark, but not commonly photographed from here.  Using a telephoto lens, I benefited from the distances between objects which provides a nice lens compression effect in this composition.  

 

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