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Sculpted From Fantasy

Aiguille des Grands Charmoz, French Alps

There’s something special about this formation in the Mont Blanc massif. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but for me it’s just magical. As I was taking this shot I almost felt as if I was looking at a scene from a fantasy novel.

The misty clouds hiding the mountains beyond were the icing on the cake, providing the perfect opportunity to focus solely on the craggy rocks of the Aiguille des Grands Charmoz without any distraction. I couldn’t resist the black and white treatment, and boosted the contrast a bit to really show the distinction between the hard, unforgiving rock faces and the snow that surrounds them.

I think as peaks go it’s probably my favourite in the French Alps. For the time being anyway, I’m sure I have many more to discover! Do you have a favourite peak? Why does it stand out? I’d love to hear from you!


Descending Into The Perfect Blue

Blue Ice, Mer De Glace, France

As we descended into the ice of Mer De Glace there was one thing that struck me more than anything else – the colour. I just couldn’t believe how incredibly blue it was! It’s certainly unlike any ice I’ve seen before. The glacier ice is compacted over an extensive period of time, and so it becomes very dense. This gives it a very different structure to your every-day ice on the street, which just so happens to strongly scatter blue light.

This shot was taken just before entering the glacier. I thought theses crevasses were fascinating! You’ll see some safety fencing toward the top of the shot. Believe it or not this is for the benefit of the (slightly) crazy folk who like to spend their spare time skiing down the glacier. I have to say it looks like fantastic fun, but perhaps a little bit close to impending doom for my liking. They were skiing right by these crevasses, so one false move and you’re in serious trouble!

Have you seen the amazing blue of glacier ice? What did you think of it? Maybe you’ve skied down a glacier?! I’d love to hear from you.

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Another World At The Mer De Glace

Mer de Glace, Chamonix, France

My family were visiting from the UK last weekend, and since they don’t get much snow over there they were keen to see some up close. So on Saturday we visited the Mer de Glace, the longest glacier in France. Fortunately we saw some sunshine in the morning, but as the afternoon went on the clouds started to roll in and engulf the valley carved by the glacier. This is probably one of the moodiest scenes I’ve witnessed in the Alps. I was actually glad the sun was hidden behind the clouds!

While we were up there we took the 400 steps down (and back up again!) to walk inside the glacier, had a lovely lunch at the Grand Hôtel Restaurant and tried some snowshoeing for the first time. I hope to get out with some snowshoes again before the winter is over, it was great fun and made getting about on the snow so much easier. I’m hoping they might lead me to some otherwise inaccessible spots with fantastic views of snow capped peaks. Fingers crossed!

Have you ever visited a glacier? Did you get inside of it?! Or maybe you’re a big fan of snowshoeing? I’d love to hear from you!

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