Photographer's Note

October 18th, 2009
Rosis 340235 34610
Hrault Languedoc-Roussillon
43.623 3.005 770 m

Red October, Rosis.

The hamlet of Douch.
The chapel of Douch, of 19th century.

The hamlet of Douch, of the commune of Rosis, like the whole of the mountains of Espinouse and Caroux on which it is located, colors in October of the red of sorbs and holly.

The holly, Ilex aquifolium, shrub or tree, with persistent foliage, pushes up to 1500 m of altitude in Europe. Its fruits present during the winter, are a reserve of food for certain birds, like the blackbirds and the thrushes.

The Mountain of Espinouse and Caroux are the southernmost projections of the Massif Central. They are in the perimeter of the Regional natural park of High-Languedoc.

_ Espinouse culminates at 1124 meters.
_ The CARROUX MOUNTAIN, 2414 hectares, is a plateau of average altitude of 1000 m, culminating with 1091 m. Of alpine nature with his sharp-edged peaks and its precipice, it offers up to 3000 m of climbing, and many kilometers of superb paths.
_ The fast variations of altitude and the temperatures explain a very diversified flora, holm oaks, cane-apple bushes, willows, poplars, chtaigners, ashes, beeches, brooms, heathers, ferns, coniferous tree, foams, lichens.
_ Fauna is very varied, of the squirrel to wild boar while passing by the roe-deer, the trouts, 247 species of birds. One can see moving the golden eagle and the fawn-coloured vultures. Moreover, the solid mass of Caroux with more than 1000 individuals, counts the most important population of France, moufflons of Corsica.

_ Created in 1973, the Regional natural park of High Languedoc, Parc Naturel Rgional du Haut Languedoc, is located on average mountain, including 92 communes of the departments of Herault and of the Tarn, that is to say 82000 inhabitants out of 260.000 hectares.
Parc Naturel Rgional du Haut Languedoc.

Rosis is a french commune, located in the department of the Hrault of the Languedoc-Roussillon area, populated of 261 inhabitants in 1999, divided out of 53 km, that is to say 5 Hab./km.

The commune of Rosis located in the central part of Caroux, is divided between the valleys and the mountain.

It Have the name of the one of its 16 hamlets, but the town hall is in the most important hamlet, Andabre.

On September 10th, 1943, proceeded in Douch one of the first important combat of Resistance, during the Second world war. He opposed about fifty men of the maquis, ordered by the sergeant Christian de Roquemaurel, constituting the maquis of Bir-Hakeim, (In reference to the victory gained by the Free French Army in North Africa), with 200 soldiers of Wehrmacht.
The men of the maquis lost two killed soldiers and 4 prisoners shot on November 9th, 1943 in Toulouse. The enemy lost eight killed men of which an officer, and twelve casualties.

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