Photographer's Note

Those who have followed my pictures from last Summer, know that on this day I woke up in Cully - outside Lausanne - and saw the most beautiful day dawn on Lac Léman [Lake Geneva]. This was followed by a tour in the winegrowing hills above the lake.

And a brief but enjoyable pause in Villenueve at the upper eastern end made a close study of the ship traffic possible, before going up the Rhône valley. Passing Martigny with just a look over the shoulder, I prepared to cross the Swiss/French border.

Later that day I stopped at Chamonix-Mont-Blanc in the most spectacular weather - giving a view to the mountain and glacier world never seen before - and finally calling it a night in Grenoble. Could it have been any better?

Yes! Shortly before the border, I passed Col de la Forclaz (1526m/5006ft) - one of two mountain passes on this road - not to be confused with a pass close to Annecy in France with the same name. This is a good place to rest for some snacks and a stroll in the Alpine meadows, with a rare - and protected - flora.

There's also a possibility of running into some cows carrying those big bells. Usually being brown and white, they seem to radiate nothing but peace and harmony. Here, however, they were black like the bulls of Camargue or the fighting bulls in Spain. I approached with the greatest respect...

...but never before have I had a cow pose for me!

Image was cropped, adjusted levels, reduced brightness -10 and contrast -10, increased saturation +15 and in cyan +30, reduced in yellow -10, desaturated magenta, ran NeatImage at 60%, resized for TE, sharpened, framed and saved for Web.

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Additional Photos by Kaj Nordstrom (kajenn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 539 W: 240 N: 849] (2454)
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