Dingo the Dissident

THE BLOG OF DISQUIET : Qweir Notions in the Armpit of Diogenes by DINGO the DISSIDENT binge-thinker since February 2008.
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Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Rouergue

is a little-known former county in south-west France,
mostly covered now by the administrative département of the Aveyron.
Its rolling landscape is well-described by the Japanese word
Satoyama - where foothills (in this case, of the Massif Central)
are close to meeting flat lands -
a biodiverse habitat/environment where humans
and what remains of 'nature' interact more symbiotically and richly
than on the over-exploited agricultural land of the plains.

Superficially, it resembles the drumlin belt of Ireland,
but is far more forested, more diverse, less populated
by humans, whose habitations and settlements are not nearly so ugly;
indeed they are often composed almost entirely
of beautiful old vernacular architecture in the local stone.












1 comment:

Karl said...

Great photos. Funnily enough, I came across a documentary last night about shepherds in France complaining about the growing spread of the forests and its attendant lessening of biodiversity and the re-introduction of the wolf into the French countryside. You can't please everybody!