Photographer's Note

A view from Aiguille du Midi above Chamonix on a sensational sunny morning. From here you can see mountains in every direction. This is a stitch of two photos to cover a wide area of the Alps looking into Switzerland and Italy in the distance. The high point on the left is the Aiguille Verte. The mountain massif on the right culminates in the Grandes Jorasses, and the rock spire at its right edge is the Dent du Geant. The large snowy pyramid on the centre horizon is the Grand Combin while the long snowy ridge to its right is Monte Rosa. At 3842 m above sea level this is the highest lookout in the Alps. It's even higher than the highest mountain in Austria, and yet easy to get to, by cable car. And it's perched on top of a narrow rock pinnacle as if by magic. Up here you can get a feeling of what mountain climbers experience when they reach the top of a high peak. The dots on the snow in the foreground are people, to give an idea of the scale. Open in a new tab to see a larger version.

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Additional Photos by Vincent Morand (vjmite) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 446 W: 39 N: 1268] (5940)
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