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The sky is still clearly overexposed but the fairy tale landscape might compensate that, at least a little.
The Pyrenees mountain range forms a fantastic backdrop to the entire Ariège Department, rising some 3,000 meter (10,000 feet) in the Montcalm Massif, along the border with Andorra and Spain. The highest peaks are clearly visible visible from Toulouse in the Haute Garonne. It is one of the least populated and most unspoiled regions of France. The locals enjoy keeping traditions alive, especially old farming techniques. Consequently, as fewer insecticides, for example, have been used, the flora and fauna of the area continue to be rich in both diversity and numbers. Butterflies are common and birds are numerous; particularly noticeable are large birds of prey, including the magnificent Griffon vultures.