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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Wild life

No, it’s not what you think; this is actually about animals, of the type you find in nature… I was up in the Massif des Bornes close to the Larrieux hut which recently closed for the season. This the kind of place that has almost no traffic in high season so now it’s absolutely deserted, if you're up there you’re probably the only one on the mountain. What’s good about this is that you end up seeing some wildlife especially since Skadi finally knows how to go into stealth mode instead of chasing them all away before I make it around the corner. So here are a few pictures of what I saw today (click to enlarge).








Small heard of Chamois (more on those below)




This is the Alpine Ibex (Capra ibex) or in french Bouquetin des Alpes. This is the fattest they get, through the winter they will loose up to half their weight so if they aren't overweight now they won't make it through the winter.








Same guy wondering why all the pictures?





This is the Chamois. They are goat-antelopes that are very common in the Alps but in a lot of other European ranges as well including the Balkans, the Carpathians and the Caucasus. These guys too overeat before they more or less stop for the winter.





















A nice wiew of la Tournette from "behind" as in not from the lake of Annecy.

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