curvedspace This is a pretty good view to end a five day hike on. Lac du Chevril, below Tignes. Last stop before civilisation, wish I could just stay up here.

Haute Tarentaise, Graian Alps, France.
10h

» LOG IN to write comment.

curvedspace Just below the Col de la Vanoise, Lac Rond at 2500m / 8202ft. The S/W face of La Grande Casse creeping in to the left of the shot.
Just back from an incredible five day adventure, hope everyone is great, time to catch up.... Parc National de la Vanoise, Graian Alps, France.
1d

» LOG IN to write comment.

curvedspace Never turn back and never believe that an hour you remember is a better hour because it is dead. Passed years seem safe ones, vanquished ones, while the future lives in a cloud, formidable from a distance.
Beryl Markham.

Bag packed, batteries charged, maps at hand. See you on the other side.

Tarentaise valley, Graian Alps, France.
6d

» LOG IN to write comment.

curvedspace Above Pralognan la Vanoise, the lac des Vaches. Part of an ancient portage and smuggler's route through to the Piedmont, it's called The Salt Road, a beautiful spot at about 2300m / 7545 ft, that I will be visiting again this week.
Starting Wednesday I have a five day trip, keeping above 2000m, basically hiking and photography, man it cannot come soon enough. Unplugged, unreachable and just being in the moment.

Happy tomorrow folks.

Vanoise NP, Graian Alps, France
1w

» LOG IN to write comment.

curvedspace Still on the way up to the Col D'Entreporte (2390m / 7841ft), it's in the top left of the shot, where that small wisp of cloud is. The limestone peak in the centre is the Aiguille Rousse.

Graian Alps, France.
1w

» LOG IN to write comment.

curvedspace On the way up to the Col D'Entreporte (2390m / 7841ft), looking across the Ponthurin valley, earlier today. This glacial side valley has to be one of my favourite places in the Vanoise Massif, Summer or Winter it draws me like no other. It helps that it's very close to where I live, but still.

Graian Alps, France.
2w

» LOG IN to write comment.

curvedspace Sometimes the things I lean on lose their meaning, so getting some perspective helps. Nothing helps perspective like sublime nature.
Happy Monday folks, peace and love and clear skies.
2w

» LOG IN to write comment.

curvedspace "Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet." Jean-Jacques Rousseau

And right now patience is required, the weather lately has not been conducive to photography, well not the type I want to explore. So my bags are packed and my boots sit by the door, waiting, waiting... .
Just over the col du Petit Saint Bernard (2188m / 7178ft) looking down on the lac Verney, again.

Val d'Aosta, Graian Alps, Italy.
2w

» LOG IN to write comment.

curvedspace Leidenschaft; the German word for passion. Leiden; the German word for to suffer. In English we sometimes lose the nuance of meaning in words, especially words that are overused or misappropriated or become cliché.
To suffer for one's passion, a little at least, seems to me a fair trade. Certainly I've suffered more for things I've cared less about, I'm sure we all have, and I resolved some years past that this balance needed redress.
Having some skin in the game, being willing to leave it all out on the field, these sporting metaphors kindle a fire inside and remind me that passion is absolutely the way to approach life, all aspects of it. To lesser and greater degrees it matters not what one does, but rather, how one approaches what needs to be done, that is critical, is the imperative, is essentially the point.

Thirst for life, burn with righteous passion, you're here and it's now, honestly, what more is there?

Mont Blanc, early morning reflection over the Col du Petit St. Bernard, Val d'Aosta, Italy. (Very little suffering occurred in the taking of this picture.)
2w

» LOG IN to write comment.

curvedspace After the morning mists have been burnt off by the rising Sun, still pools reflect the glory of the surrounding peaks. Val d'Aosta, Italy. 2w

» LOG IN to write comment.

curvedspace "He that would live in peace and at ease, must not speak all he knows, nor judge all he sees." Benjamin Franklin 3w

» LOG IN to write comment.

curvedspace Looks like I have a lot of catching up to do..... So I'd better start. Happy trails folks.

Just over the col du Petit Saint Bernard (2188m / 7178ft) looking down on the lac Verney.

On the main Alpine watershed, Graian Alps, Italy.
4w

» LOG IN to write comment.

curvedspace Valle d'Aosta, the smallest, and least densely populated region of Italy. Also the coldest, due most probably to it being surrounded by Mont Blanc, Monte Rosa and the Matterhorn, which effectively block any warm winds from the Atlantic.

A new week dawns, let's see what it brings.
4w

» LOG IN to write comment.

curvedspace Matterhorn, sunset, moonrise.

Happy weekend everyone, peace and love.
1mon

» LOG IN to write comment.

curvedspace "At the end of the day, it isn’t where I came from. Maybe home is somewhere I’m going and never have been before."
Warsan Shire

Rosuel, Ponthurin valley, Graian Alps, France.
1mon

» LOG IN to write comment.

curvedspace Standing on the Pointe Helbronner (3,462 m (11,358 ft)), Mont Blanc, looking down on the Glacier du Géant and towards the Mer de Glace.... I think. It's a big mountain, and I haven't gotten my bearings quite yet. 1mon

» LOG IN to write comment.

curvedspace This evening at Rosuel (1556m / 5104 ft), one of the gateways to the Vanoise National Park.
The sun setting on the collected peaks of Mont Pourri (3779m / 12398ft), the Dôme de la Sache (3588m / 11673ft) and the Dôme des Platieres (3473m / 11394ft.) Graian Alps, France.
1mon

» LOG IN to write comment.

curvedspace I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.

Thomas Paine

In a bit of a feisty mood tonight, so Tom Paine came to mind, as he often does in such times.
Rosuel, gateway to the Vanoise NP, Ponthurin valley, Graian Alps, France.
1mon

» LOG IN to write comment.

curvedspace Sunrise just over the col du Petit Saint Bernard (2188m / 7178ft) looking down on the lac Verney.

On the main Alpine watershed, Aosta valley, Graian Alps, Italy.
1mon

» LOG IN to write comment.

curvedspace And now from the other direction, and oh, storm front gathering. The lac des Vaches, and quite far from shelter. Fortunately got down before the lightning started.

Above Pralognan la Vanoise yesterday, Graian Alps, France.
1mon

» LOG IN to write comment.