Above les Sources de la Nive

Estérençuby, France
June 1, 2024
Oil on paper
9 x 12 in. (22.9 x 30.5 cm)

Artist's collection

Open, verdant slopes maintained by centuries of fire and grazing, and watered by abundant rainfall, seemed to me the essence of the Basque Pyrenees. This particular location was directly above a site labeled on the map as the source of the Nive river (Les Sources de la Nive) where two streams join to become it. A small hotel there borrows the name and was a fine stop on our bike tour. Delicious food there too.