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Dormillouse

Last things ... what a way to finish! 26 November 07

Frost garden

Damp from whoever is sleeping down this hole, forms a frost garden of ferns. 26 November 07

Devoluy

A tough slog to the summit through thick powder - but ample reward. 26 November 07

Rows of mountains

Looking West from high up, early in the evening. 11 November 07

Poplar

The following day, a gale dashed all this splendour to the ground ... 11 November 07

Tunnel de Parpaillon

Feeling very small in the centre of the Tunnel de Parpaillon. 4 November 07

Autumn scene

A final flash of colour before Winter ... 4 November 07

Sky lake

The higher the lake, the more it feels part of the sky ... 29 October 07

Last of the lambs

The last lambs born this year - little time left before snow. 29 October 07

Aretes de Bruyere

Aretes de Bruyere rise above the Grand lac. 27 September 07

The grand lac

Barely a week before, it was hot and sunny here. 27 September 07

Chamois

Young chamois encounter their first snow. 27 September 07

Autumn leaf

Low sunlight catches a wild geranium leaf. 25 September 07

Gate to paradise?

Passing through this gate would, I felt, lead me onto a cloud, and perhaps onward to paradise. 25 September 07

Lac d'Escur

Reeds and grasses slowly invade the gorgeous aquamarine Lac d'Escur. 24 September 07

Twisted roots

Twisted, bleached roots and colourful 'myrtille'. 24 September 07

Green lake

The startling green of a unname lake. 23 September 07

Farmhouse

Farmhouse roofed with larch tiles. The triangular holes are for ventilation. 23 September 07

lac Long

The lac Long, on a sparkling autumn morning. 17 September 07

Frontier stone between Savoie and Italy, dating from 1823

Frontier stone between Savoie and Italy, dating from 1823. 17 September 07

Chapelle du Mont Thabor

This chapel on Mont Thabor is at over 10,000ft ! 17 September 07

Approach ridge to Mont Thabor

The approach to Mont Thabor follows the line of the ridges from the col beyond the patches of snow. 17 September 07

Glacier de Valmeinier

What is left of the Glacier de Valmeinier, hiding under stones, passing its time dropping stones into the meltwater. 17 September 07

Autumn colours

The beginning of Autumn colours. 16 September 07

View from Pointe des Cerces

Wild view from Pointe des Cerces. 16 September 07

rock patterns

The rock is an amalgam of pebbles and debris, all smeared and squeezed together like pieces of plasticine. 16 September 07

le Grand lac

The Grand lac with the aretes de la Bruyere. 16 September 07

lac Long

The lac Long, on a sparkling autumn morning. 17 September 07

Frontier stone between Savoie and Italy, dating from 1823

Frontier stone between Savoie and Italy, dating from 1823. 17 September 07

Chapelle du Mont Thabor

This chapel on Mont Thabor is at over 10,000ft ! 17 September 07

Approach ridge to Mont Thabor

The approach to Mont Thabor follows the line of the ridges from the col beyond the patches of snow. 17 September 07

Glacier de Valmeinier

What is left of the Glacier de Valmeinier, hiding under stones, passing its time dropping stones into the meltwater. 17 September 07

Autumn colours

The beginning of Autumn colours. 16 September 07

View from Pointe des Cerces

Wild view from Pointe des Cerces. 16 September 07

rock patterns

The rock is an amalgam of pebbles and debris, all smeared and squeezed together like pieces of plasticine. 16 September 07

le Grand lac

The Grand lac with the aretes de la Bruyere. 16 September 07

marmot riding a bike

The fun one can have with water: here an undershot waterwheel powers a marmot riding a bike. 15 September 07

chapelle de St. Michel

The chapelle de St. Michel, high in a lonely spot between Nevache and the vallee Etroite. 15 September 07

Good triumphs over evil

A modern carving in the chapel. 15 September 07

Silva Altimeter

Time for my hard-working Silva altimeter to take a bow as it goes around the clock. 15 September 07

lac Chavillon

The lac Chavillon, with the three wise men (Balthazar, Melchior and Gaspard). 15 September 07

lac Laramon

The crete du Queyrellin mirrored in the waters of the lac Laramon. 14 September 07

crimson-coloured myrtilles

'Myrtilles' turning a gorgeous crimson in Autumn. 14 September 07

lac du Serpent

Autumn colours fringe the lac du Serpent. 14 September 07

Dent du Diable

The Dent du Diable at the end of the valley leading to lac du Chardonnet. 14 September 07

lac du Chardonnet

The lac du Chardonnet. 14 September 07

lac des Beraudes

Morning cloud boils off to reveal the lac des Beraudes. 13 September 07

massif du Cerces

Lovely spikey peaks of the massif du Cerces. 13 September 07

Pic de la Mouliniere

The marvellous sulphur and ochre colours of the Pic de la Mouliniere. 13 September 07

baby frogs

Many smaller mountain lakes writhe with tadpoles and little frogs. 13 September 07

lac blanc

The lac blanc by the col de Ponsonniere seems to be having a blue day! 13 September 07

very little lamb

A very little lamb (Mum was nearby). 13 September 07

20m deep sink hole

A huge sink hole, 20m deep, formed when acids in the rain dissolve limestone. 12 September 07

Two goats with curly horns

Two fine goats with strong curly horns. The wooden halter with clonking bell is characteristic of the region. 12 September 07

natural stone arch

A natural stone arch above Val des Pres. 12 September 07

storage barn

A storage barn, constructed from notched tree trunks, roofed with larch slats. 12 September 07

The tower of the Grand Pierron

The tower of the Grand Pierron above Val des Pres. 12 September 07

Patterns in the rock

Nature drawing abstract patterns in the rock. 12 September 07

lac Pers

The lac Pers is fed by springs, and is a beautiful turquoise colour. 9 September 07

The springs of the river Romanche

The springs of the river Romanche issue from under this pile of blocks. 9 September 07

glacier de la Plate des Agneaux

The Tete sud de la Somme rears above the glacier de la Plate des Agneaux. 9 September 07

la Grande Ruine

The Grande Ruine and the Glacier Superieur des Agneaux. 9 September 07

la Barre des Ecrins

The Barre des Ecrins and its domed glacier. 9 September 07

glacier des Agneaux

The glacier des Agneaux has shrunk to half its original length. 9 September 07

the plan de l'Alpe

The pastures of the plan de l'Alpe, with the massif de Mont Blanc on the skyline. 9 September 07

Hamlets and terraces below the col du Lautaret

Hamlets and terraces below the col du Lautaret. 8 September 07

Sentier des Crevasses

The sentier des Crevasses traverses 400m above the valley floor. 8 September 07

The bec de l'homme from the sentier des crevasses

The Bec de l'Homme opposite the sentier des crevasses. 8 September 07

La Grande Ruine

La Grande Ruine in the early morning above the little lac Pers. 8 September 07

Fallen seracs on the glacier du Clot des Cavales

Fallen ice blocks the size of cars on the glacier du Clot des Cavales. 8 September 07

New lakes forming below the glacier du Clot des Cavales

New lakes forming below the glacier du Clot des Cavales. 8 September 07

Cable-assisted stretch to the ref. du Pave

Cable-assisted stretch to the ref. du Pave. 8 September 07

pic Gaspard from ref. du Pave

The pic Gaspard from ref. du Pave. 8 September 07

ice melt from the Pic Sud des Cavales

Ice melt cascades down terraces below the Pic Sud des Cavales. 8 September 07

Pic de Neige Cordier

Pic de Neige Cordier. 8 September 07

head waters of the river Romanche

The head waters of the river Romanche. 8 September 07

The pont roman over the Veneon

The 17th century 'roman' bridge over the Veneon. 7 September 07

Barn at Les Fumas

Typical barn at Les Fumas. 7 September 07

Tete de l'Etret

The Tete de l'Etret above a mountain tarn. 7 September 07

Brightly-coloured caterpillar

Brightly-coloured caterpillar looping across the path. 7 September 07

lac des Beches

The Aiguille d'Entre Pierroux and Aiguille des Arias behind the lac des Beches. 7 September 07

vallee de le Lavey

The vallee de la Lavey. 7 September 07

Roches moutonees

These rocks have been ground and smoothed by glaciers, and are called Roches moutonees. 7 September 07

Tree growing over a cleft

One can stand in the cleft in the rock directly under the trunk of this fully grown epicea tree. 7 September 07

Cascade de la Lavey

The cascade de la Lavey falls 50m into a cauldron. 7 September 07

refuge de Temple Ecrins

Triple bunks in the refuge de Temple Ecrins. 6 September 07

Sunrise on the col du Temple

Sunrise on the col du Temple. 6 September 07

neve approaching the col du temple

Neve in September approaching the col du temple. 6 September 07

pic sans nom

The Pic Sans Nom above the glacier blanc. 6 September 07

pic de la Temple

The pic de la Temple. 6 September 07

chapel at la Berarde

The chapel at la Berarde. 6 September 07

torrent des Etancons

The torrent des Etancons at la Berarde. 6 September 07

Loo with a view

This loo is perched on the edge hundreds of metres above the glacier, and tied down by cables ... 5 September 07

crevasses

Crevasses in the glacier du Pilatte. 5 September 07

glacier du Pilatte

The glacier du Pilatte snakes down from les Bans. 5 September 07

wiggly stream

A little stream of silver wiggles away from the glacier. 5 September 07

The vallon des etages

The vallon des etages. 4 September 07

Natural stone steps

These stone steps occurred entirely naturally. 4 September 07

river Veneon

The river Veneon tumbles down the valley. 4 September 07

Birches and rose briars

Autumn in the wings: birches and rose briars. 4 September 07

La Meije south face

La Meije south face - the refuge du Promontoire can just be made out far left of centre. 3 September 07

Climbing to the refuge de Promontoire

Climbing to the refuge de Promontoire - one can see the helipad and white refuge. 3 September 07

The glacier du Pave

The glacier du Pave opposite the refuge. 3 September 07

Cairn with a smile

This cairn is smiling because a tromp across the glacier comes next: no more steep climbing! 3 September 07

the glacier du Rateau

The glacier du Rateau. 3 September 07

A bat shares my bedroom

A bat shares my bedroom. 2 September 07

cairn on a projecting rock

Happily, the cairn on the end of the pinnacle doesn't mark the exact route! 2 September 07

sheep on a rock

Even the sheep here are climbers. I swear the one on the left is chewing gum. 2 September 07

The dibona and refuge soreiller

The 400m granite spike of the Dibona and the refuge Soreiller. 2 September 07

refuge under a rock

People slept under the overhanging rock while building the refuge. The overhang has now been made into a 'room'. 2 September 07

needle-shaped cairn

A needle-shaped cairn echoes the Dibona behind. 2 September 07

The Grande Ruine and the river veneon

The Grande Ruine and the river Veneon. 2 September 07

Toad

A toad pretends to be invisible. 1 September 07

Pinnacles of the Grand Area

The pinnacles below the summit of the Grand Area. 1 September 07

North ridge of the Grand Area

The North ridge of the Grand Area. 1 September 07

The lac rond

The lac Rond. 1 September 07

little lake by the lac rond

A little lake by the lac Rond. 1 September 07

The lac de cristol

The lac de Cristol. 1 September 07

rock grooved by acid rain

Rock face with horizontal glacial grooving, and vertical solution grooves. 1 September 07

The lac la Barre

The lac la Barre. 1 September 07

The Grand lac de l'Oule

The Grand lac de l'Oule. 1 September 07

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