Sunset at Semnoz
A little delayed, here’s the other Tour de France-related image I was talking about at the weekend. Apologies, I had promised to follow Towards les Bauges with today’s post on Sunday, but that was contingent on having energy left after my journey back from visiting a friend in the Peak District. Since then my time has been rather taken up with making preparations for a trip to Norway this week (hoping for some nice pictures to add to my gallery at some point in the future). Anyway, the connection is that Stage 20 of the 100th edition of the Tour de France finished up here, and was instrumental in cementing Nairo Quintana’s second place in the General Classification. Apologies, it’s a bit of a shameless plug, to get a few stray visitors, but there really aren’t many topical connections to most of my pictures, and hopefully some will stay and have a look around at my other posts or my gallery!
So in terms of this photo, the location is the same as Saturday’s post, but we’re looking west in the general direction of Aix-les-Bains instead of southeast. The plateau is a ski resort in winter, which is (I think) mostly used by locals and families, and is still something of a beauty spot in summer, the ski-lifts providing a quick way to the top. It’s great for outdoor pursuits -when we were up there, several people were paragliding, the place was heaving with mountain-bikers and the cafes were doing a roaring trade.There’s also a summer luge (there’s something similar in Chamonix), which is a massive adrenaline rush -although you have a job to stay in control! (It’s essentially a wheeled sled that runs down a concrete half-tube, not unlike a bobsled run without the ice and much smaller -the skill/difficulty is in using the brakes, applied by a handle between your legs, and which appear to be largely ineffectual!) But I digress…I think the big appeal of Le Semnoz is the view, a superb 360° panorama, with Mont Blanc and Gran Paradiso to the east, the Écrins to the south, plus you can see into at least three countries from here…and clearly, it’s a superb place for stunning mountain-top sunsets!
This one isn’t panoramic or anything, so if you want to buy, choose a standard 3:2 format.
All images © Stephen Tyrrell, Mountains, Wild Paces & Water, 2013. All rights reserved.