Week-end in the High Pyrenees
Anisclo Canyon and Ainsa
At the end of June 2016, we escaped the rainy side of the French High Pyrenees, passed through the Aragnouet-Bielsa tunnel and reached the sunny Anisclo Canyon. A bit more to the South stands the quaint medieval village of Ainsa in the province of Huesca (Aragon).
A group of mountains and a natural reserve in the central Pyrenees comprising several peaks 3,000m high and artificial lakes used for the production of electricity. Most photos showcase the Aumar Lake at an elevation of 2,100m and two dams, Aubert dam and Cap-de-Long dam.
This mountain pass connects the Campan and Aure valleys in the High Pyrenees at an altitude of 1,500m. The winding route from the Aure valley towards the pass is extremely scenic. One can encounter many cyclists in both directions and the route of the Tour de France very often includes this pass. It was the case in 2016.
I took this road at the end of my week-end in the Pyrenees, really worth the detour! From the pass, views on both sides are very spectacular. I particularly enjoyed photographing the Pic du Midi, the highest peak in the Pyrenees, surrounded by a few clouds.