Vendée in the days of Fairies and Giants

Fire from water is not small miracle, but that's part of the story.  These ash trees were planted here mainly because their roots loved the banks of the canals and did much to protect them from erosion.  As the trees grew, the "marshers" cut the tops to keep them from smothering crops in the shade and to use as firewood in the winter or for simple cooking any time of the year.  The tree soon grew funny "heads" from which they get their names "frênes têtards" ("ash heads").  I think I see a camel's head in this old tree...
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