The Pyrenees is a range of mountains in southwest Europe that forms a natural border between France and Spain. It separates the Iberian Peninsula from the rest of continental Europe, and extends for about 491 km (305 mi) from the Bay of Biscay (Cap Higuer) to the Mediterranean Sea (Cap de Creus).
For the most part, the main crest forms a massive divider between France and Spain, with the tiny country of Andorra sandwiched in between. Catalonia and Navarre have historically extended on both sides of the mountain range, with small northern portions now in France and much larger southern parts now in Spain.
In classical mythology, Pyrene is a princess who gave her name to the Pyrenees. The Greek historian Herodotus says Pyrene is the name of a town in Celtic Europe. According to Silius Italicus, she was the virginal daughter of Bebryx, a king in Mediterranean Gaul by whom the hero Hercules was given hospitality during his quest to steal the cattle of Geryon during his famous Labors. Hercules, characteristically drunk and lustful, violates the sacred code of hospitality and rapes his host's daughter. Pyrene gives birth to a serpent and runs away to the woods, afraid that her father will be angry. Alone, she pours out her story to the trees, attracting the attention instead of wild beasts who tear her to pieces.
After his victory over Geryon, Hercules passes through the kingdom of Bebryx again, finding the girl's lacerated remains. As is often the case in stories of this hero, the sober Hercules responds with heartbroken grief and remorse at the actions of his darker self, and lays Pyrene to rest tenderly, demanding that the surrounding geography join in mourning and preserve her name: "struck by Herculean voice, the mountaintops shudder at the ridges; he kept crying out with a sorrowful noise 'Pyrene!' and all the rock-cliffs and wild-beast haunts echo back 'Pyrene!' … The mountains hold on to the wept-over name through the ages." Pliny the Elder connects the story of Hercules and Pyrene to Lusitania, but rejects it as fabulosa, highly fictional.
The Spanish Pyrenees are part of the following provinces, from east to west: Girona, Barcelona, Lleida (the latter three Catalonia), Huesca (Aragon), Navarra and Guipúzcoa (the latter part of the Basque Country).
The French Pyrenees are also part of the following départements, from east to west: Pyrénées-Orientales (North Catalonia and Fenolheda), Aude, Ariège, Haute-Garonne, Hautes-Pyrénées, and Pyrénées-Atlantiques (the latter two of which include Pyrenees National Park).
The independent principality of Andorra is sandwiched in the eastern portion of the mountain range between the Spanish Pyrenees and French Pyrenees.
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Bluejeans (64249) 2011-09-17 2:36
Bonita esta paisagem pintada de verde nesta montanha de Andorra , boa luz , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Bom fim de semana
bukitgolfb301 (37056) 2011-09-17 4:08
Hi my dear Serghei
A wonderful landscape shot indeed! So deep forest.
The proportion of the forest and the sky is quite resonable. Thanks for sharing with your finest work and have a good Saturday night fever, Best regrads.
Takero from Tokyo
JanH (864) 2011-09-17 4:47
This is a nice example what you can see during a days walk in the mountains. Good idea to include the rocky grey area. Nice natural colors and light.
DjoleEric (0) 2011-09-17 5:54
Great views of the beautiful mountain forest.
Excellent angle shot on a good display of color and sharpness.
My dream is to become a professional photographer.
I hope it will give me true.
You are doing pretty pictures like you have a school photo, provided you finished a photography course or just shoot and hobbies?
Have a nice day.
rodgerg (55767) 2011-09-17 10:54
A very well balanced vertical view to the Pyrenes with the vegetation in the FG nad the large prospect open which give a great depht. Good contrast between the green of the vegetation and the sky.
A nice postcard.
Have a nice evening,
siamesa (27751) 2011-09-17 16:46
Boa noite Serghei
The Pyrenees seem a magic place since I studied Geography at school.Marvelous view of these mountains. Superb point of view.
emka (82596) 2011-09-17 23:57
You were quite busy in Spain, you saw a lot of places. So also Andorra. I haven't been in this miniature country. Nice mountain landscape.
lousat (79772) 2011-09-18 0:51
Hi Serghei,nature and sky,a very nice composition from the Pyrenees tken whit an impressive sharpness and close in this perfect white border,i like it!Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
Nicou (126322) 2011-09-18 1:08
très beau cadrage et compo superbe la belle nature à l'état pure j'adore fantastique cpatage.
Bravo et amitié
Urs (14082) 2011-09-18 2:43
Excellent view of the Pyrenees with many different green tones and find details. Good contrast of green and blue. At least these forests look healthy Well done.
jhm (141973) 2011-09-18 3:38
We get a nice panorama sight on the hills of the mountains in background.
Good contrast between the green mountain and the clear sky.
Nice captured, nice composed too.
Very well done, TFS.
fanni (14381) 2011-09-18 13:30
что-то я "не успеваю за комсомолом" :) Вы постите фото чаще, чем я способна за этим успеть!)))
ну да ладно.
Композиция вертикальная хороша, но как тут не хватает чего-нибудь живенького, яркого, ну хоть желтой или красной точки! ан нет.. ну нет так нет. Все равно хорошо :) Потомушто природа, однако.
Uhu (8507) 2011-09-19 3:00
Андорра это хорошо, я туда собираюсь съездить, в тот регион.
Хорошая фотка, горы, знаете ли!
Вернулся тут из стольного града Парижа, впечатления как-то не очень. Особенно Версаль раздражил.
Selmik (3192) 2011-09-24 23:05
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