The clouds lifted

After six days of dense low-lying cloud, above which I sometimes ventured only to find myself in the middle of a cloud sandwich, the weather started to change. There were patches of sun and blue sky on the final two days, although they were fleeting and unreliable. My spirits rose.

I would ski a run up high in clear weather, catch the chairlift back up and find myself back in cloud. Chasing the light was a waste of time and effort, and one just had to make the best of the conditions.

Riding back up the mountain is a time to look around – you get a unique bird’s-eye view of the terrain. You are often above the trees and you get views that you will not otherwise see. I use that time to take pictures. Tricky.

My compact camera lives in a chest pocket secured to me by a lanyard, so I can’t lose that. Once on the ride, ski poles have to be ‘managed’ so they don’t fall off, gloves have to come off and get pocketed (sadly not always, I lost a pair. Again), goggles or sunglasses have to be removed too and taken care of. Then it’s time to get the camera out, check the settings because removing a camera from a pocket is apt to rotate a dial. Then relax and take pictures. Always watching  the progress of the lift, allowing time to ready myself to exit the chair at the top lift station.

So, today’s three images are all from the same chairlift. The third one – below – was taken 45 minutes after the first two images. What a change. Such are the vicissitudes of weather in mountain country. The next post will feature some more open country.

Meanwhile remember to click on any image to see a higher quality enlargement.




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'.
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10 Responses to The clouds lifted

  1. Heide says:

    Your pictures are even more impressive when you describe all the fumbling that preceded them, Andy. 🙂


    • LensScaper says:

      You have to be well organized and careful if you want to get off a chairlift with all the gear you got on with, if you view the ride as a photo opportunity. It’s almost always worth the effort! Thanks for your comfort Heide.

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  2. paula graham says:

    Love the lift shot..just brilliant.


  3. oneowner says:

    Wonderful images, Andy. Thanks for the explanation of your image making process in this situation, too. I’m always losing things in the winter trying to juggle everything. Lost my glasses a few weeks ago.


    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Ken. I can manage without gloves (for a while), but not without glasses. There’s always a pair currently ‘lost’ in our house, but they are eventually located.


  4. shoreacres says:

    I had to grin at the skier in the first photo. It brought to mind the old saying: “What goes up, must come down.” Once on the chair lift, even the most inexperienced or unpracticed skier is committed. Makes me think we should consider well which chairs we jump onto.

    I’ve never seen the sort of cloud sandwich you referenced, but last week end I did see something similar. We had terrible fog (or wonderful, depending on your perspective), and out in the country one of our tallest towers had a layer of thick fog bisecting it in the middle. The ground third of the tower was visible, and the very top. Otherwise? Not a thing to be seen except fog.


    • LensScaper says:

      Once you’re up, you’re committed, as you say. There have been occasions in the past when the seriousness of the committment was more than I had bargained for. I’ve been above the cloud (or fog) many times, there’s something magical about that when you are in clear air and the sun is shining, but when you look further up and see another layer of cloud or fog above you, it’s not quite as attractive.

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  5. bluebrightly says:

    Sorry about the gloves! The photos are instructive. 🙂


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