Back from the Alps

January 8, 2010

Just back  home from a stay in our Alps which happen to be in my home state, Valais. These  mountains stand at the border between Switzerland and France/Italy. Most of them are over 3000m high, some (including the Matterhorn or Cervin as we call it in French) over 4000m high. A mighty landscape some find overpowering. Personally these mountains fascinate me because they  seem to change according the season, the day and even the hour. Although we did have some patches of blue sky and luminous sunsets, the weather was rather grey and freezing during the Holiday Season. This year there were more icy paths and roads, violent storms, fog and avalanches than in the previous years . This is not really like the usual weather we enjoy up there. This area is well known for its ever present (or almost) sunshine.

At night time the landscape take a whole different look. Mountains look like a skyline in the horizon and the hills are covered by a multitude of lights. Villages are built  on the steep slopes and when the night falls around 5.30pm, the view is just breathtaking. Try to imagine the fireworks on December 31st in the same night… magic !

A last look at the Rhône Valley in the plain below before closing the shutters at night. Dreams can only be good 🙂

5 Responses to “Back from the Alps”

  1. All things nice.. said

    Oh Isa, looks like a wonderful place, I did visit the Alps once on a day tour from France. That first photograph is amazing with the fog, its so picturesque 🙂

    All things nice…
    P.S I see that Nino got pet of the month on pet talk well done 🙂

  2. Love the nighttime photos – looks so charming and romantic!

  3. ancientcloth said

    Wow! I have never seen such a beautiful place. I feel
    I have traveled to another part of the world through
    your pictures. Just lovely. Thank you for sharing them.

  4. iniyaal said

    Oh Isa… beautiful landscapes. Looks like paradise. Loved the first image. A blessed like to wake up looking at these mountains.

  5. truels said

    Hello Isa! Thanks for your comment to my “flat” new blog, I checked yours of course, and: What a nice blog you have :-)- very comprehensive – so I lokked at your mountain-page: Nice pictures of “sky-mountains”!!! THAT is what we like here! – made a link to it, so I’ll pass by soon again (and my danish friends!) – OK?

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