Peck's personal Web site
2007 -- Alison's
visit in September
Pelé and Mont Tendre
may not find this terribly rewarding unless you're included here, so this is a
good time for casual and random browsers to turn back before they get too caught
up in the sweep and majesty of the proceedings and can't let go.
Alison's here from Santiago, Chile, for a month of meetings at her European Southern
Observatory headquarters near Munich and at conferences in Madrid
and Manchester, and has scrounged a week free for a visit to the Old
Dad in Switzerland.
Pelé and Sâla
September 2007, starting off from Les Pralets, we're bound for a scramble up Mont
Pelé's little partner on the upper right.
A view of Mont Sâla
a few Twinkies and Oreo cookies into a backpack in case they become necessary
scrambling up through a few rockbands on the front of Mont Pelé
her telescope in Chile is at 5000 metres altitude, Alison never gets out of breath,
and just keeps scrambling.
and camera, stalking photographic game. Mont Sâla in the background.
spots photographic game. Me.
Sâla looks inviting -- we'll go there now.
view of La Dôle to the south
for some more scrambling in the forest of the Jura
on Mont Sâla
Combe des Begnines stretching off to the northeast
Lake Geneva in the background, and our car down on that dirt road just 250 vertical
lost in contemplation
September 2007: A new mom, trying to get the newborn to get up and get on with
life, such as it is for ruminants
digging out her camera
Cow almost giving up -- newborn looks perfectly healthy but just disinclined to
start eating grass non-stop as a way of life
is nearing desperation, trying to reason with the kid has got nowhere, and now
she's looking around for moral support
few friends break off eating grass non-stop and come over to lend a hand .
. . well, to lend support.
seems to find the Swiss live munitions warning signs hilarious.
Alison. Come back again soon. We'll still be here, eating grass.
and the Château du Joux
and suggestions are welcome if positive, resented if negative,
All rights reserved, all wrongs avenged. Posted 25 October 2007, revised 28 September 2014.