Saturday Snapshots #76


Into the great white open – Chamonix 2008

Another Alpine photo, seeing as I am full of the joys of skiing right now :)

At the summit of the Aiguille du Midi above Chamonix in the French Alps, there is a door that leads out onto the ridge down which climbers and skiers must walk to begin their climb up to Mont Blanc or their ski down to the Vallee Blanche.  As you can see, beyond this door is a good few metres of solid ice (even in the middle of summer) through which a tunnel has been carved to allow the climbers access to the ridge.  Standing there shivering in my fleece watching them put on their crampons and roping up, their bright clothing reflecting off the ice walls, is one of the more surreal experiences I have ever had in mid-summer.

This is part of a series of non-food photographs that will be published every Saturday on CookSister. All photographs previously featured may be viewed on my Saturday Snapshot archive pages. Many photos featured in Saturday Snapshots are available to buy as high-quality greeting cards or prints in my RedBubble store – feel free to browse. They make great gifts for friends, family, or yourself!

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  1. says

    Beautifully composed shot. One of my favourites you’ve done lately, will it appear on between hemispheres too?
    By the way I keep driving past billboards with your cupcakes for Lurpak but cannot take picture until I see one on foot! Have seen two around Walthamstow and also twitpicked a chicken pie to Helen!

  2. says

    Wow! Very impressive. I admire everyone going out into the open and cold. Me? I prefer being in front of a warm fireplace and some hot chocolate. 😉

  3. says

    I am so jealous, I can not ski although I love snow. My son always hope that both of us like winter sport, so that we can go with him everywhere. Love the photo Jeanne. I always seem to like vibrant color!