The improbable ridge

Mountains attract drama. Mountains are also cloud magnets. The higher the mountain, the greater the drama.

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This is the Almagellhorn (10,815ft) in the Saas Fee valley, Valais Alps, Switzerland. Not a particularly important mountain, and small in comparison to the ring of 4,000M peaks that are a feature of this valley. But after rain, as the temperature rises, the clouds boil off peaks like this, creating extraordinary sights.

By the time this is published, I will be on my way to Saas Fee and this mountain will be a daily companion for the next few days. Watch out for posts from the area in the days to come.

This image is another digital copy of a 20” x16” print from my old Print Archive that dates from the mid 1970s to mid ‘80s approximately. To see more from this series go to Categories in the Rt sidebar and click on Print Archive, or quicker still click here.


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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19 Responses to The improbable ridge

  1. Len Saltiel says:

    I always am amazed on how the clouds are attracted to mountains. They add so much interest to photos. Nice shot from your archives Andy. Enjoy your trip.

  2. seekraz says:

    I was up at that elevation this past weekend, Andy…but no dramatic clouds were to be had for companions…. I wish you safe travels and am looking forward to your photos. Enjoy your mountains! 🙂

  3. oneowner says:

    Looks like your in for some incredible scenery for the next few days. Have a great time.

  4. Phillip says:

    Beautiful B/W Andy. I know that you will enjoy your trip!

  5. This is sweet, great work

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Mike for that. It’s also really quite an ancient picture, but actually staring at the mountain today it hasn’t changed at all. That’s one good really thing about life out here.

  6. Terrific image, Andy, top drawer! We can’t wait to see what else you come away with from your trip there, best wishes on safe travels my friend!

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks so much Toad. So far, so good. Posted a couple of new Posts already. It’s time to stretch the legs a bit tomorrow so I will be heading up high before thunderstorms hit us on Sunday. Stay tuned.

  7. A great image, Andy. Film?

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks George. This is a 30+years old picture. An original probably shot on Ilford FP4 film and this is a digital image taken of the 20x16inch print I made at the time.

  8. ehpem says:

    I am so enjoying your scanned archival prints, they have such lovely grain, and of course they are among your best, which makes them pretty darn special.

    • LensScaper says:

      I’m surprised how well these old prints have worked when simply photographed. Thankfully they have been shut away in boxes and so have not suffered from light damage.

  9. Adrian Lewis says:

    Very dramatic – I like the wedges of tone and texture angling down towards lower left. A

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