Enez-Groe in the wind

Au sud de la Bretagne, exposée aux vents et aux vapeurs qui naissent et se renforcent dans la soupière du golfe de Gascogne, l'île de Groix (Enez-Groe) est un petit plateau de roches métamorphiques, recouvert de buissons échevelés, sillonné de profondes ravines, planté dans l'eau à dix kilomètres au large de Lorient. Soumise à des conditions climatiques parfois rugueuses, la vie sauvage a développé ici une économie particulière fondée sur l'agrippage, l'enracinement, le gros dos, le profil bas. Peu d'espèces, mais solides, capables de résister à la sécheresse comme aux tempêtes.
On the southern coast of Brittany, exposed to the winds and clouds that appear and strengthen in the cauldron of Biscay bay, Groix island (Enez-Groe) is a little plate of metamorphic rocks, covered with dishevelled bushes, furrowed by deep ravines, squatted in the water, ten kilometers off Lorient. Subjected to sometimes rough climatic conditions, wild life developed here a particular economy based on interlocking and strong rooting, on the rounded back, on the low profile. Few species, but solid, but able to resist dryness as well as storms.

Porh Roed, on the southern shore, august the 7th. Hard winds from Pazenn area lay down the grasses on the rocks of Locqueltas. The picture reveals a singular similarity of appearance between the ground and the rough sea.
The bush covers most of the wild lands. Three species prevail: the sloe, the gorse, and the blackberry. Rabbits inhabit and maintain huge cities on the ground floor, while the upper levels are the domain of many insects and birds.
Arrival of a shuttle at Port-Tudy, the harbour of the island. More than 220,000 visitors come each year; most of them spend here a complete week, from saturday to saturday. Cars are not welcome, but, despite the prohibitive price of the crossing, many tourists disembark with their own vehicle, invading the little roads that were not drawn to resist such a surge.