About the Book
'Tourgueille, Cevennes - Spring and Summer' is Michael Field's personal photographic diary of two trips spent in the edge of the Cevennes National Park, in the region of Languedoc-Roussillon. 'Chez Billy' is a gite in the hamlet of Tourgueille, located in a small but picturesque mountain valley near Saint Jean-du-Gard.
Michael's interest is primarily with the local Butterflies and the natural landscape: in this photographic diary he folllows many different species of Butterflies: including the two European Swallowtails, a large range of local Fritillaries, and rare favourites such as the Camberwell Beauty. All these species inhabit the landscape of the National Park which varies from Alpine meadows to limestone and granite cliffs, and to the beautiful forests full of Sweet Chestnut trees.
Michael also visits the unique towns of Uzes, Anduze, Le Rozier and small but picturesque villages of Sanilhac, whilst photographing the magical and mystical panoramas of the Cevennes mountains.
I am an artist, photographer and sculptor. I was born in Surrey, England in 1964 and I currently am based in Cardiff, Wales (UK) with my wife Karen. I've always enjoyed painting, drawing, sculpture and then photography and I've always enjoyed being out in the countryside whether this means studying nature, going for a walk or going abroad. After school in Weybridge (Surrey) I completed a Diploma in Art & Design at Epsom College and then a BA (hons) specialising in Painting at West Surrey College (Farnham) . I re-located to the lovely landscape of Wales in 2002, making sure I was near good landscape, good cinemas and a Championship Golf Course (Celtic Manor)! My interests include landscape photography (specialising in panoramas and the Brecon Beacons National Park in South Wales), nature photography (specialising in British and European butterflies) and also golf photography. I sculpted the Ivor Allchurch monument at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea which was unveiled in 2005.