The Flora and Fauna of France

Exploring the intricate world of insect life, butterflies and wildflowers in Mercantour National Park, France, Robert Thompson shares his pictorial discoveries during a trip to the French Riviera

Mention the French Riviera and people automatically think sun, celebs and martinis shaken but not stirred. However, one and a half hours inland and you are driving through Mercantour, one of France’s ten national parks. Created in 1979, Mercantour covers some 685 square kilometres of mountainous landscape with deeply incised valleys, gorges, fast-flowing waterfalls and soaring peaks rising above 3,000 metres. The area is also steeped in archaeological history with numerous ancient rock engravings dating back to…

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Robert Thompson is an accomplished natural history photographer, writer, and naturalist living in Ireland. He is an acclaimed macro specialist and author of a number of books on natural history and photography.

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