Click on any picture below to see a larger version from our hike to Roussillon


Roussillon sits atop Mont Rouge (Red Mountain) at about 1000 feet above sea level


An enormous deposit of ochre gives the earth and buildings that distinctive red color


Every little change of sunlight and/or clouds affected the colors of everything


We actually sat down for a big lunch and enjoyed being tourists


A brilliant orange path leads through the richly colored ochre canyon


Ochre is a natural pigment mixed with sand.


Iron oxide yields yellow to purple pigments that are still used for painting


People were scooping up the pigment and putting it into plastic bags


The ancient quarries are now protected from mining


We left Rouissillon behind and passed lavender fields