For the past three weeks we have been blessed with bright skies and golden rays of sunshine. But, in true Provençal fashion, the weather turned, clouds and rain appeared. But I was not dismayed; Provence is no stranger to these brief rain breaks, unlike some places where the gloom can stretch on for days (hello England!). Here we still enjoy moments of bright sunshine amidst the clouds. Follow me on this photographic journey through Provence under the clouds!
Provence under the clouds
In these moments you can witness the undeniable appeal of Provence in a different light. Although the sun may be less prevalent, the beauty remains.
The landscape under the cloud cover takes on a unique and dramatic character.
The vibrant hues of the fields and countryside contrast with the muted, atmospheric backdrop, creating a visual spectacle as stunning as the clear, sunny days.
Luberon under an autumn cloud
in Luberonwhere we were lucky enough to explore, the change in weather only added to the appeal of the region.
The villages, located on their hills, seem to emerge from the fog as if from a fairy tale.
The narrow streets and historic architecture take on a mysterious aura, and the scent of the rain-soaked earth mingles with the scents of the countryside, creating a sensory experience like no other.
One remarkable aspect of these cloudy days is how they affect the colors of the landscape.
Although they don’t bloom at this time of year, the lavender fields take on a different charm. The rich, earthy tones of the vines and olive trees look more vibrant against the cloudy sky, and the ever-present cypress trees stand as proud guardians of the region’s unique identity.
Autumn colors in Provence
While autumn gently spills its colors on the landscape, Provence gives a new, enchanting mantle.
Trees, vineyards and orchards are starting to change into their autumnal charm, coloring the landscape with shades of yellow, orange and red.
The undulating vineyards in particular become a riot of fiery hues, creating an enchanting tapestry unique to this season.
It’s the time when the pace of life in Provence slows down and the locals enjoy the change of seasons, from the cozy warmth of a cafe to a walk amidst the glorious foliage.
The combination of the Provençal landscape under the clouds and the arrival of autumn creates a fascinating fusion of natural beauty that beckons for exploration and reflection.
Provence under the clouds is a discovery in itself. It invites you to slow down and immerse yourself in the subtler, more contemplative side of this beautiful region.
Although the sun may take a break, the moments are just as exceptional, and the photos you take tell the story of Provence, which reveals its charm even when the sky is moody.
So, don’t be discouraged the next time the clouds roll in. Embrace the experience and let Provence show you its hidden beauty under the clouds.
Plan your Provence getaway
Are you feeling inspired? It’s time to plan your adventure in this stunning corner of Provence. Whether you’re drawn to lavender fields, vineyards or charming villages, the landscape of Bonnieux and Lacoste promises a memorable getaway. So pack your bags and immerse yourself in the rustic appeal and natural splendor of this idyllic region – your Provençal adventure awaits!
Visit the website of the tourist board for the department of Vaucluse.
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