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Oh, Those Crazy Mountains

Posted on
February 5, 2013
Oh, Those Crazy Mountains

Many years ago when I lived in 'the real world', had a 'proper job' and more hair, I enjoyed many skiing holidays. In those days being a ski instructor was just a pipe dream. But what was it that I enjoyed so much about my ski holidays?

 

Windy Mont Vallon
Blowy peaks

 

Of course it was the sensation of sliding on snow, ie skiing. It was also sharing the love of the sport with many of my friends. It was experiencing the whole winter thing, first introduced by watching Ski Sunday on television. But I think the biggest attraction was being in the mountains, BIG mountains. I don't know about you, but I find it very difficult to describe what exactly it is about mountains that blow me away. Is it that they hold some spiritual quality? Powerful, majestic, formidable and many other adjectives would help make this an endless list.

Sea of cloud

I feel very lucky and privileged to now being able to call the Alps my office. Yes I realise that the description of 'my office' can often be over used on various different forms of social media, however there is an element of truth to this. Last month, when all of these images were captured, we experienced a real mixture of weather. This has resulted with some drop dead gorgeous views.

Alpine Full Moon
Moody skies and peaks

 

Although we all love those gorgeous sunny days with wall to wall blue skies, this gorgeous weather can sometimes make a photo look plain. Active weather can add both drama and depth to a photo. High winds, clouds at different altitudes, and especially a sea of cloud hovering below the mountain peaks all stop you in your tracks. Even a clear sky at night helps you see a full moon, unaffected by pollution this high up at the altitude of Méribel.

Stormy Vallon du Saut

I remember all those years ago when I was on holiday, trying to hide my crying as I left the mountains behind me. During those early morning coach transfers, I'd be soaking up every last drop of the views. Often the flight taking off from Geneva would give me one more final sight of my beloved mountains, you would've seen me pressing my nose up against the aircraft window.

As I'm tapping away on my laptop it's snowing again outside my apartment here in Méribel. I can't wait to see what will be in front of our eyes tomorrow. As ever, please feel free to leave a comment. Michael and I would love to know how you feel about the mountains, and even share a story of when you've been stopped dead in your tracks by mountain views.

Martin

P.S. Don't forget you can click on the smaller thumbnail images for a larger version.     

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