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France : Bourgogne

2.5 km (1.6 miles) E of Fâchin, Nièvre, Bourgogne, France
Approx. altitude: 707 m (2319 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 47°S 176°W

Accuracy: 13 m (42 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: Looking north #3: Looking east #4: Looking south #5: Looking west #6: Map & GPS #7: Forest road uphill (L) and downhill (R) #8: Collection of plants #9: Common Stinkhorn (Phallus impudicus)

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  47°N 4°E (visit #5)  

#1: The confluence of 47° North and 4° East

(visited by Henk Pouwels)

25-Jul-2013 -- Driving from 47°N 3°E to 47°N 4°E brings me into the “Parc Naturel Regional du Morvan”. Meadows, hills, narrow winding roads, lakes and forests makes the trip a joy for the eye. But outside the comfort of my air-conditioning it is still over 35° C.

Some 9 km NW of the DCP I passed a city named Chateau-Chinon not to be mistaken by the city of Chinon and its chateau, which is about 300 km to the West. From Chateau-Chinon direction Autun (D978) turn right after 3,5 km at Pont Charrot into the D197 and follow over 4.5 km to Le Châtelet.

At Le Châtelet my navigation system commanded me to turn left into a path which looked like an entrance of a yard. And indeed the path indicated by my GPS and by the car was only a farmer’s path where the blackberries from the left touched the blackberries from the right. I got permission to park the car and proceeded by foot.

The red trail in the map is 1.8 km one-way. After about 400 m turn left although the path straight forward seems more promising. In the forest a wide dirt road brings you almost to the DCP. The road is climbing about 140 m over a distance of 1200 m, the left image is looking uphill, and the right image looks downhill.

The purple marked part of the trail is either a problem of my receiver or a problem of the space segment. I’m sure I walked the path and not the steep slope in between the trees. The date and time is about 20130822 11:50 UTC.

The photograph of the DCP and the N, E, S, W photographs show a typical rather open forest. The DCP is about 100m south of the path in a corner of a parcel with spruce and with beech in the south and west.

Along the path I collected these plants. A special finding is the Stinkhorn. Once you have smelled it you never forget. Each time you walk in a forest with stinkhorn you recognise the smell. By determining the direction of the wind and following your nose you will find the Stinkhorn. In a young state it looks like an egg, called the devils egg. Later the Stinkhorn develops from the egg and in the beginning a dark green substance containing the spores cover the top. The smell attracts flies that spread the spores.


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#1: The confluence of 47° North and 4° East
#2: Looking north
#3: Looking east
#4: Looking south
#5: Looking west
#6: Map & GPS
#7: Forest road uphill (L) and downhill (R)
#8: Collection of plants
#9: Common Stinkhorn (Phallus impudicus)
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