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Alpine marmots - Marmota marmotaThe Alpine Marmot, Marmota marmota (Rodentia - Sciuridae), is a stubby animal with short ears, a stout body and hardly any neck, a morphology adapted to the life of a burrower. The forelegs have 4 digits and the hind legs 5. All digits have strong nails. The retina of this rodent is totally devoid of rods and therefore unsuitable for night vision. It is also devoid of a fovea, giving the animal a visual acuity certainly better than that of other rodents, ...

People Art: Bouches du Rhone, Provence Alpes Cote D'Azur, FR. Going to Beauduc there are many roads protected from erosion why these wood poles. People enjoy pilling flat stones over them. // photo by phillippe tarbouriech. (Reminds me of a Japanese design principle, Fukinsei (不均整). To read more of these principles…

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Mont Aiguille, The Birthplace Of Mountaineering

France’s Mont Aiguille - The French Pre-Alp plateau is considered the birthplace of mountaineering.