the Degree Confluence Project

France : Bretagne

3.1 km (1.9 miles) NE of Maxent, Ille-et-Vilaine, Bretagne, France
Approx. altitude: 100 m (328 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest OpenStreetMap ConfluenceNavigator)
Antipode: 48°S 178°E

Accuracy: 7 m (22 ft)
Quality: good

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#2: North #3: East #4: South #5: West #6: Twin GPS units #7: Chapel #8: Flowers #9: Broom & Furze #10: Quiberon

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#1: General area

(visited by Henk Pouwels)

04-May-2009 -- About 5½ years ago my wife and I visited this confluence. As I was unhappy with the quality of my photographs I decided to visit this confluence for a second time.

I was travelling from the department Mayenne to my camping at the Quiberon. Via Viré I entered the countryside South from Rennes driving along small roads in sunny weather with spectacular clouds. The glaring yellow of large fields of rapeseed touched by the sun was a joy for the eyes. Following the D777 via Janzé, Bain-de-Bretagne, Messac and crossing the river Vilaine brought me to Guipry. Here the navigator software of my new GPS (Garmin Oregon-300) guided me over smaller and smaller roads.

Passing La-Chapelle-Bouëxic (9 km SE of DCP, 47.929°N 1.939°W) my attention was drawn by the renovation work of the very old chapel. Finally the car was parked in the verge of a dirt road about 75 meter North of the confluence. This is the dirt road we couldn’t use at the earlier visit.

Walking along the boundary of the two fields I reached the confluence in the corner of the East side of the field. This corner is a bad, because wet, area and is more and more used to dump debris and redundant ground.

I took position on top of a pile of ground. The North,East,South and West images are taken standing on the flattened grass shown. The dual GPS readings are from that position, showing an offset of less then 4m at an accuracy of 6m. My 10 years old Garmin GPS12 shows wear on the case and in the display.

Returning to the car I saw faint traces of other people who walked along the same boundary. Did I miss the opportunity to meet a colleague confluence hunter?

The collection of wild flowers around the DCP shows from left to right: orchids in abundance, Gopher Purge (Euphorbia lathyrus), Common Mouse-ear (Cerastium vulgare), Meadow Buttercup (Ranunculus acris), Leafy Spurge (Euphorbia asula).

At this time of the year other bright yellow flowers increase the joy of driving: Broom (Cytisus scoparius) and Furze (Ulex europaeus) growing together. The thorny one at right is Furze.

I continued my journey for about 100 km to the Quiberon peninsula, installed my tent at camping “Les Sables Blancs” (The White Sands) and calmed down with glass of wine and a beautiful evening view over the Bay of Carnac( 47.5730°N 3.129°W).

 All pictures
#1: General area
#2: North
#3: East
#4: South
#5: West
#6: Twin GPS units
#7: Chapel
#8: Flowers
#9: Broom & Furze
#10: Quiberon
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