The Mischabel Mountains

Today’s image links back to a series of three Posts that I uploaded earlier this year about The Dom – Switzerland’s Highest Mountain – the central summit of the Mischabel Mountains. Click the link to go to the first in that series of three Posts.

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This is in, my opinion, one of the most dramatic views of the Mischabel range of mountains that form part of the horseshoe of peaks that encircle the village of Saas Fee in the Valais Alps. Viewed from Saas Fee itself the view of these mountains is so foreshortened that one loses any idea of their vast scale.

Today’s view is from Almagelleralp, a wonderful high valley on the opposite side of the main Saastal valley off which Saas Fee itself sits in a hanging valley or shelf. From this viewpoint, girdled by a band of low-level cloud, the range can be seen for what it is: a formidable majestic ridge of mountains.

From Left the mountains are: Alphubel (the flat-topped peak Lt edge), Taschhorn, Dom, Lenzspitze, Nadelhorn, and Ulrichshorn (far Rt)

The Dom is the highest point of this range (4545M) and the highest mountain entirely within Switzerland.

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About LensScaper

Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'. I'm not averse to manipulating images to produce derivatives that may sometimes be far removed from the original.
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16 Responses to The Mischabel Mountains

  1. Great image Andy – I think the wispy cirrus above the range adds an extra dimension.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Paul. Yes – I liked the way those high clouds were radiating out. This was in the morning, the recent Post on Altocumulus lenticularis was taken in the afternoon of the same day.

  2. This is fantastic Andy. I love the way you’ve placed the snow-capped ridge between the two valley peaks. Great shot.

  3. ken bello says:

    It’s always great to see the peaks above the clouds like this. Exceptional image, Andy.

  4. Len says:

    Thi sis one of my favorites of yours Andy. Those clouds are killer and really lots of drama to an already wonderful scene.

  5. Phillip says:

    Amazing image Andy! The clouds are so beautiful, and the composition makes the view breathtaking.

  6. What a stunning capture Andy! The plunging V created by the valley in the foreground pulls you right into the frame. The peaks seemingly floating on the low-hanging cloud layer is a just surreal.

    • LensScaper says:

      Many thanks for your comment, Curt. You’ve summed it up perfectly. This is a stunning viewpoint. Seen through the V the vertical height is about 2 miles!

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