Mont Miné, Val d’Heréns, Swiss Alps.

A great cluster of shapely peaks marks the head of Val d’Hérens, a world so unlike the Rhone Valley far below, into which its river flows northwards. I have a strong urge to capture these scenes on canvas, as the glaciers and icefields of the Alps are disappearing at an alarming rate. It is predicted that within a generation most of the glaciers will have all but vanished, leaving a grey, denuded landscape so unlike the beautiful places so many of us have enjoyed up until now.

The glacial silt and meltwater that pour from the snouts of the glaciers are responsible for creating this extraordinary turquoise and opaque colour in the lake, which provides such a restful foreground to the drama of the peaks above.

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