La cascade d'Aigualluts
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La cascade d'Aigualluts in the province of Aragon, Spain, nestles beneath Aneto, the highest peak in the Pyrenees at 3,404m. Standing at the foot of the waterfall at 2,074m altitude, we watched the autumnal sun rise, lighting up the rich colours of the deciduous trees dotted amongst the deep green of the stunted pines. We had arrived at the main source of the Garonne, France's 4th largest river.

The spectacular torrent is fed by glacial waters from Aneto, Barranca and Maladeta. A few metres downstream, the river disappears underground at the sink hole known as the Forau d'Aigualluts (or Le Trou du Toro in French).

Since the 18th century, assumptions had been made that this was the source of the Garonne, but the theories were never substantiated. It was not until 1931, that the famous French caver, Norbert Casteret, proved the hypothesis by pouring six barrels of fluorescein into the sink hole. A few hours later, the dyed water came rushing out the other side of the ridge separating Aragon from Catalonia, at Uelhs de Joeu, Val d'Aran. The water had journeyed 3.6km underground.

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Our photograph collection offers a small selection of local scenery within our area, the central Pyrenees.
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Over looking the Barousse valley and the village of Bramevaque
Tour de France on the Col de Peyresourde
Local architecture: churches of St Just and St-Bertrand-de-Comminges
Guest cycling the Col d'Aspin
The brilliant turquoise colour of a frozen lake at 2,000m altitude
Mountain lake mirroring a cumulus mediocris cloud
Lake amidst the granite peaks of the Pyrenees National Park
Expansive mountain view of snow capped peaks
High altitude running over Pic du Lion, Barousse valley
The best way to appreciate the Pyrenees National Park is on foot
Mountain biking in the Barousse valley
Col d'Aubisque during the Tour de France
A local trail passing the ruined chateau of Bramevaque
Rock strewn landscape at high altitude
The rolling hills to the East
Saxo Bank guarding Andy Schlek in yellow
Walking on the GR10
Autumn colours, Val d'Aran
Montrejeau fete, parade of farming stock
Climbing boulder strewn landscape to reach col
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