Monday, July 25, 2016

Ancient Tracks in the Alpes - Finhaut

High up at 2400m in the Commune of Finhaut is a mysterious spot. You find yourself surrounded by mountain tops which are the Swiss-French border, and the enormous Emosson dam is catching all the runoff and meltwater at the other end. A fascinating place!

Here are the ancient "dinosaur" tracks that were found. Today we are still unlocking their mysteries!
Sandstone with wild formations!
There is still quite a bit of snow, so if you go take good boots and poles too! Here we are under the col de Terasse near the dinosaur prints.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Eating wild foods La Tzoumaz

A wikked hot wild day was had by the cows, the views and us picking our couscous and pesto lunch from the wild unkempt ski fields of La Tzoumaz. 

Thanks to La Maison de la Forêt for letting us invade your kitchen!

Fresh alpine serac with wildherb pesto and edible flowers for decoration!
Wild norwegian spruce buds tea with wild flowers! Beautiful and super refreshing too!
Couscous with wild spinach, wild thym, sarriette, daisies, common berce and whatever else was at the bottom of the forraging bags!
Cows chilling under the télésiège!
I just love the contrast of going up and over the Col de Croix De Coeur from Verbier to La Tzoumaz, which I often still call Les Mayens de Riddes. 
The views down onto the Rhône Valley are amazing!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

NDD : Nature Deficit Disorder

Spending time in places like this with more flowers than your eyes can focus on or brain can comprehend should take care of any nature deficit disorder anyone is feeling!

I hope you can get out and feel the air in a place like this soon!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Views from Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn

Cow fields full of wild orchids and a view of the Alps ranging from the Mont Blanc accross the Grand Combin and the Matterhorn. WOW!

Crans Montana and the right side of the Rhone Valley are really spectacular in any season!
The view up into the val d'Anniviers and the Couronne Imperiale, as they call the 4000m peaks around the Matterhorn are impressive. I particularly enjoy this view of the Illgraben on the left. It is fun to change points of view.

Friday, July 15, 2016

How do plants drink?

Many alpine plants have adapted to live in semi-desert conditions. They have tricks to get the most out of the smallest and rarest amounts of water, be it in vapor or ice form as well as liquid. Some can even defy gravity!!

Here the eidelweiss is doing some crazy thing just this morning after having been snowed on for the last 2 days up by the Cabane de Chanrion.

Pure magic!

The cabane chanrion is perched in the upper val de bagnes. A super place to get away from everything. There are bouquetins and marmots, beautiful wild flowers, wild alpine lakes, views of glaciers and awesome geology to discover too!!