Abundant Snow

There has been colossal snowfall across the Alps in the last few days and weeks, with resorts, including Zermatt, temporarily cut off by avalanches disrupting transport links. Avalanche protection, management and awareness has advanced dramatically in recent years and thankfully there have been no major disasters. My trip to Whistler next month draws closer where snow is also falling. My boots still fit, I’ve been out running, and I am getting in the mood.

I’ve also been trawling through the archives, one of those winter tasks, clearing out some of the images that will never see the light of day, and finding the occasional image that has been neglected for far too long and is worth airing.

Today’s image was taken over ten years ago at Saas Fee in the Swiss Alps on my first compact digital camera. Much of the skiing in Saas Fee is on the upper levels of the Fee Glacier – you can see an area towards the right edge of the image where the piste machines have been working. It was one of those atmospheric days when the wind was whipping up the powder. Drama in spade-fulls.


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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8 Responses to Abundant Snow

  1. paula graham says:

    What a stunning shot, I can taste the cold in that whipped wind.

  2. oneowner says:

    Very dramatic image, Andy. No one would guess it was from a compact camera. It holds up very well.

  3. shoreacres says:

    The snow blowing off the top of the mountains is beautiful, and dramatic. It’s lightness is a perfect complement to the solidity of the snow-covered rocks. I confess I didn’t know what a piste machine was (or a piste, for that matter), but now I’m informed, and could point right to its track.
    A blog friend — a Canadian journalist working out of Germany, who’s a B.C. native — used to post wonderful photos from the area. He was an avid skier, too, and once had the opportunity to skate the Dutch canals. That’s more my speed.

  4. bluebrightly says:

    The photo must bring back great memories; it’s a beautiful illustration of the territory. We’ve been having mudlside warnings, flood watches and avalanche warnings in the region lately. January has been wet, but hopefully enough for great powder but not enough to heed the traffic up to the resorts!

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