Three moods in three hours

The title says it all – in the mountains the weather can change quite dramatically, rapidly. It was Day I on the ski slopes here in Zermatt. We arrived after dark on Sat night and when I emerged from under the duvet at about 8am on Sunday morning, I glanced out of the window to view almost clear blue skies and ‘that mountain’ – The Matterhorn – glistening in the morning light: image 1. What else could I use as a Day 1 image as a symbol of Zermatt other than the Matterhorn, in all its moods?

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Over the space of the next 3 hours as a I skied above Sunegga all morning, the sky changed quite rapidly – high lenticular clouds formed over the ridges and peaks – the Matterhorn was capped.

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Not long after that the Matterhorn shed it’s cap and thin trails of cloud filled the sky in that direction, although lenticular clouds still lingered over some other peaks.

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By afternoon the cloud base lowered in keeping with a forecast for snow overnight. And as I write this at 8am on Monday, the snow blowers and clearers are out – more snow has indeed arrived. The pistes are in great shape but they can always do with a little refresh.

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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 Three moods in three hours

  1. yiyime says:

    Truly amazing photographs . Thanks for sharing

  2. Len Saltiel says:

    These are magnificent Andy. It really shows the ever changing personalities of this beautiful mountain.

  3. oneowner says:

    Fantastic shots, Andy, especially the center one. The cloud formation is something we don’t see everyday. What a view from the window!

  4. Never tire of seeing your pictures from the Alps. Keep them coming. Fabulous. There must be a book worth.

  5. Mark says:

    Great shots Andy, love that mountain.

  6. seekraz says:

    That is one hell of a rock, Andy…and what a wonderful background for your skiing all day. 🙂

  7. ehpem says:

    I just love lenticular clouds – what a great capture. And it lingering or drifting away in the third picture is very cool too.

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