How refreshing a change in weather is... I think life would not be as interesting without the changing seasons. I know by the end of summer I start looking forward to seeing the place all gleaming bright with the pure white snow and the crisp feeling in the air. I can change the way I dress and modify my daily routine, sports, food I'm eating. And vice versa, at the end of the winter when all the new smells of spring start seeping through the melting snow, I start getting excited about summer. Again I swap my cosy winter clothes for lighter, airy clothing and let the sun touch my skin. Even the sports change. In the summer it's all about the skiing, the ice hockey and the indoor swimming. In the summer, out comes the mountain bike, the paddle board the paraglider.
What's even more impressive is the total change of scenery. It's like you've jumped on a plane and arrived in another country. I actually find it easier on my skiing to walk or bike the pistes in the summer. Then I know what's hidden underneath the surface. Actually, sometimes I look at an area I ski and say there's no way I'm walking that! So you get to places in the winter that you wouldn't arrive to in then summer...and vice versa.
I walked to Vallon d'Arby the other day, and then I continued up to lac des Vaux at 2543m. I wondered around this area looking at it with open eyes. It's all to easy to wonder around with your eyes open and not see anything. When I focussed on looking, I was amazed at the scene in front of me. It was like being on the Mars you see in the movies. Immense and rocky, timeless and calm. I just stood still and stopped breathing for a moment just to hear the silence. It was then I decided that I am going to document the seasons in areas such as these. So I started marking my spot and shooting the pistes and areas we ski of which I will return to the exact spot and shoot in the winter.
I then walked up to the Funispace Olympique restaurant just above and looked out from their terrace and wondered why I hadn't stopped off there more often in the winter. The panorama is awe inspiring in front and then with lac des Vaux behind and Mt Gele off to the side, there is some spectacular images to be had.
I'm enjoying summer a lot, but can't wait for the winter!