Weekly Photo Challenge: On Top

Le Môle, France

Taken from the summit of Le Môle, this shot seemed like a perfect fit for this week’s photo challenge. After nearly three hours of uphill hiking I finally made it to the peak, and boy was it worth it! I really felt like I was on top of the world.

Le Môle is by no means tall. In fact at 1863m it could be considered small next to some of the higher peaks that can be seen from its summit. But because it’s isolated and not immediately surrounded by other mountains it’s an incredible vantage point from which to look out over the French Alps.

I spent at least an hour up here exploring and being patient whilst waiting for the sun to peek out from behind the clouds. This shot captures one of those fleeting moments when the mountainside was blessed with sunlight. The leading lines of the path and the ridge alongside it were just too good to ignore!

30 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: On Top

  1. SPFischer

    I just can’t imagine living in a place where I had access to scenery such as this. Absolutely breathtaking – both the view and your photo! Makes me want to sing a song from “The Sound of Music.” 🙂 Did you hike all the way to the summit? The path seems to drop off before the ridge, which certainly adds to the drama of the shot for me.

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    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks Stacy, I really am so lucky to be here. I know it probably won’t be forever so I’m making the most of it while I can! I hiked to the summit, which is just across from where this shot was taken. I started at about 1100m, hiking up to 1863 at the peak. It was a challenge!

      You’re right, just over the ridge is a very big drop, a few hundred feet I think. Although it always looks further when you’re looking down at it! Have to say I’ve not seen the film, so I know nothing of the sound of music!

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      1. SPFischer

        You definitely are an adventurer, Ben!

        As for “The Sound of Music,” I guess I’ve shown my age 🙂 It won the Best Picture Oscar in 1965. Filmed in and around Salzburg, the opening scenes of the mountains are breathtaking, and that’s where the title song is sung. Google it and at least watch that. You’ll love the cinematography!

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        1. Ben Post author

          Oh well I have heard of the film, just never watched it! I’m not a big fan of musicals in film it has to be said. I do enjoy them at the theatre though. Just watched some of the opening scene and it looks fantastic. I guess I’ll have to get myself over to Austria!

  2. kurtengel&Shulamit

    That is really beautiful! reminds me of the hikes I made with my family in my childhood in South Germany,Suedtirol and Schweiz!Most I liked the Nebelhorn and Matterhorn.I would like to do it again,soon!Enjoy those moments,the memories will last a lifetime!

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    1. Ben Post author

      Sounds great 🙂 The alps really have so much to offer, a lifetime of opportunities! I’ve visited the Matterhorn once and it was brilliant, although didn’t do any of the hikes around there. I’ll have to make a point of it next time! Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. Mabel Kwong

    This is a stunning photo. Both the path and the clouds look so vivid that it’s as if they are competing for your attention! If I were you, I’d definitely spend at least an hour up there exploring…exploring nature at it’s finest.

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    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks Mabel, the clouds were particularly kind to me on this trip actually. It doesn’t happen that often. In my experience here it tends to be either a clear sky or complete cloud cover. I did my best to make the most of them!

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  4. Laura

    It’s so funny that you say Le Mole is by no means tall – because in this shot, it seriously looks like you’re almost in the clouds. Beautiful photo.

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    1. Ben Post author

      I know, I actually thought the same thing while I was writing the post. Fortunately they didn’t engulf the mountain top!

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    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks Shabnam, I’m glad you found me too 🙂 Looks like you have some good photography on your blog as well. I’ll be following for sure!

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      1. shabnamphoto

        Thanks Ben. Its wonderful to know how well you handle your shoots with your full time job as software engineer… am happy to follow inspiring work, thanks for the follow back, u r very kind 🙂

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        1. Ben Post author

          My pleasure, really enjoyed your set of shots from Luxor!

          It means I don’t have much time for anything else but work and photography. But it never feels like a chore! Knowing that people like yourself can find something inspiring in my work makes it more than worthwhile 🙂

    1. Ben Post author

      It really was. I think I walked back and forth along it three or four times while the light changed over the course of an hour. It might sound boring to some, but I had such a great time!

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        1. Ben Post author

          That’s so true, it’s very rarely a simple case of clicking the shutter at the first opportunity. I could have spent much longer up there, but for the clouds getting increasingly gloomy and having no idea how long it would take me to get back down the mountain. You just can’t beat some good alpine scenery!

    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks Nancy, I love the texture too. And the yellowy brown hue of the grass is just fantastic in the early spring. I’m so glad I made it up here before the snow had fully melted!

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