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Dawning Darkness

Dawning Darkness

Last light on a random rock. Ecrins National Park.

The Moraine of the Glacier d'Arsine

The Moraine of the Glacier d’Arsine

In the warm glow of the rising sun. Ecrins National Park.

Ten Minutes To Sunset

Ten Minutes To Sunset

Montagne des Agneaux – Écrins National Parc

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Lake and Glacier d’Arsine – July 25, 2010 / July 26, 2020

After making the comparison last year with the Quirlies glacier 5 years apart, I thought I could do the same with the Arsine glacier this year for the 10 years of my first bivouac in the area.
So here is the Before / After of the Lake and the Arsine Glacier at 10 years, 1 day, 1 hour, 14 minutes and 45 seconds. Si, si!
Well, I tried to find the same pebbles in the foreground but, as I naively thought that pebbles were inert things, it’s not that simple. In 10 years they’ve had time to move! Having said that, if you look carefully towards the centre of the picture, there are some who have remained faithful to the position.
Unsurprisingly, some of the ice has gone. I remembered very well the large wall of ice that almost threw into the water at the bottom of the lake. When I arrived, I immediately saw that it had shrunk. If you compare the photos, you can see that it has almost disappeared. It was as if bulldozers had come and bulldozed the land in anticipation of some infamous construction.
Since most of the glacier is covered with rocks, we don’t notice too many other differences. There’s still a big hole in the ice where a stream of water comes out that didn’t exist 10 years ago. The upper part, where the white snow is visible, doesn’t seem to have changed much. The patches of snow perched in the mountain are more important this year. The melting was obviously more advanced in July 2010 than this year since we haven’t really had a lot of heat yet. But don’t worry, the heat wave is coming. It’s just a bit late this year.

Face The Colossus

Face The Colossus

We are between 1700 and 3500m above sea level and there is very little snow. It is mild. The landscape is very textured between the roughness of the rock and the snow clinging to it desperately.

Aiguille du Plat de la Selle. Ecrins National Park.

Roche de la Muzelle in Evening Dress

Roche de la Muzelle in Evening Dress

Saturday afternoon I went to see the first snows above Allemond. Wintery atmosphere at the top where I got a little frozen feet to enjoy the shades of the sunset.

Lac Lérié

Lac Lérié

Finally, it’s not that bad, this lake!

It is surrounded by rocks except the north shore which is trampled by cows. Interesting points of view are not easy to find.

(Français) Chambre avec vue...

(Français) Chambre avec vue…

I tried to escape to the warm weather by going for a little coolness in the Vercors. I did not really find… Camp site for one night with the view on Hauts Plateaux du Vercors.

Mont Granier

Mont Granier

A seasonal photo … yes, it is ! Sunset on Mont Granier, Chartreuse Massif. It was six months ago and it was the same weather as today, just a little less warm.

The Flames of the Rain

The Flames of the Rain

Thick clouds disperse scattered rains. The Sun always manages to sneak into holes. Thus a light warm from late afternoon came to light the veil of droplet.

Hauts Plateaux du Vercors