Dwight Peck's low-res photos

Farms of the Jura in winter

[The Jura mountains run in a southwest-northeast direction along the border between France and Switzerland, from Geneva (Genève) to Basel (Bâle), holding at about 1300-1400 meters altitude (4350-4500 feet), and peaking in the range of 1650 meters (5450 feet). These photos of high alpage farms in winter are mainly from the southwestern end of that range, between the cities of Geneva and Vallorbe.]

Pré de Ballens

Pré de Ballens (1426m) and Pré de Mollens (1396m) lie in a 1-km2 hidden bowl of alpine pasturage due southeast of the summit ridge of Mont Tendre. Single-track paved farm roads lead steeply up from the villages of Berolle and Mollens below.

Prof. J. Pirri is seen descending upon the farm of Pré de Ballens from the Crêt de Mondise in rather a significantly driving snowstorm on 4 May 2002.

Prof. Pirri wades towards shelter at the farm of Pré de Ballens on 4 May 2002. The farm of Pré de Mollens can be seen on the little ridge left of center.

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Prof. Pirri wanders around seeking a cosy place for a bit of lunch.

The first of April 2007: Poisson d'avril.

Mont Tendre on the left horizon

The slopes of Crêt de Mondisé in the background, 1 April 2007

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From the Carte National de la Suisse, 25,000 scale: 1221,  Le Sentier

The red dot indicates the Pré de Ballens farm, the blue dot the Pré de Mollens (below, on 30 March 2002).

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Farms of the Jura in winter

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