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Autumn walks

The Swiss Jura from September to December 2011


Some Jura views from the bottom of the basket

You 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.

First, the forest of Petit Cunay, in the Jura mountains

Wild and wonderful woods, worth poking round in, in the forest of Petit Cunay, 25 September 2011

And some big holes in it

Kristin's predictable curiosity

Now, let's have a good look at this thing.

"Stop saying 'Don't lean over too far'".

Anyone down there?


The Creux d'Enfer of Petit Cunay

We're back from adventures in Southern Italy, and here's the Creux d'Enfer of Petit Cunay, 22 October 2011

Kristin's predictable curiosity

October snow down in the hollows

Perhaps the Snow God will be bountiful this year, at last.

Back up out of the Creux d'Enfer


The Château de Puthod

We're visiting the Château de Puthod, near Grande Grand in France, just over the frontier from La Dôle, 23 October 2011. That's the Castle of Puthod there, or what's left of it.


Féchy vineyards

The wine harvest is over and the vineyards are turning yellow, or orange, or something, 5 November 2011.

We're off to walk down round the lower village, with a special purpose in mind.

Today's mission is to deliver the garbage to the town dump.

Yellow (or orange) vineyards


Lost in the Sèche de Gimel

Kristin exploring in the protected area depressions in the middle of the Sèche de Gimel, 26 November 2011

Alert to intriguing possibilities

Like this one

"How'd you get up there?"

"Throw down a rope or a scarf, or something."

"This will work."

"That's no good either."

"It's easy, you just throw up your scarf, catch it on something, and climb out."

"That sometimes works, sometimes not."

"Thrown down a rope, or a scarf, or something."

"Nothing's ever easy these days."

"So now what?"

A clear limestone flat, with really really slippery verglas ice on it.

And holes in it

Climbing back out into daylit meadows, at dusk


La St George

In the cliffs above La St George (which is above the village of St George), there are WWII military installations and fake cliffs hiding ladders down the real cliffs. Kristin is having a look at some of them now, 8 December 2011.


Joux de Bière

We've been off in Southern Spain for two weeks and have come back to ample snow, 27 December 2011. That's our "new" Volkswagen, called "Max Bruch", awaiting our return.

Aggressive sentiments on this year's first day on snowshoes

An already well-worn track makes it all much easier going.

The farm of Joux de Bière, part of the Combe des Amburnex, near the Col du Marchairuz

Beautiful, cold new snow

Kristin, clear skies, good sun

And long shadows

Joux de Bière

Kristin, ready to plunge back into the forest

Chillier as the sun goes down

Much chillier, as the sun goes down

'Something there is that doesn't love a wall.'

Back to Herr Bruch just at sundown.


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