Some early mornings in the Alps just take your breath away because of their extreme beauty.
Chamonix has the Aiguille du Midi cable car on the north side of the Mont Blanc Massif, on the Italian side of the massif there is another cable car that takes you up to Helbronner. The two high points are linked by a clutch of four small cabins that cross high above the upper Vallee Blanche – an extraordinary traverse, provided you don’t suffer from vertigo.
Today’s image was taken from the cable car on the ride up to Helbronner. It was early morning and the Italian valleys were filled with haze, or thin mist. ‘Ethereal’ hardly does justice to the sight that greeted me as valley after valley appeared, with the ridges seemingly suspended in space above the layered haze.
This was originally a transparency, scanned with a Nikon Coolscan. The colour version was mainly monochromatic, and I think this works best in black and white although it is a litte more grainy than I would have liked. Please click the image to see an enlargement.
Doesn’t this make you want to travel high once in a while?