Peck's farm photos
of the Jura in winter
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.
Couchant ("The Sunset") farm lies at 1445m at the southwest end of the
long (4km) hidden valley of Les Begnines, protected from the Lake Geneva side
by a rampart of cliffs and from the French side by a tangled limestone forest
ominously known as the "Cemetery of the Burgundians", presumably a poignant
reminder of the famous events of the 1470s.
is a grim and snowless 21 January 2007, late in the afternoon. Mont Sâla is up
there behind the main house somewhere.
on our way to Mont Sâla and can't pause now.
Icelandic lava clouds massing over Le Couchant farm, 18 April 2010
Le Couchant (1445m)
A lovely farm, owned by the commune of Chenit in the Vallée de Joux, near the French border on the far side of the Jura ridgeline
Icelandic volcano clouds, April 2010
Le Couchant and the top of Mont Sâla behind
astrophysicist strikes a pose before the Couchant farm, en route for nearby Mont
Sâla, April 2001.
rainy day in March 2002, Mont Sala up there between the two buildings. The Cimetière
aux Bourguignons lies down to the right behind that little col in the distance
to the right of the farm, a hellish sink of limestone cliffs and holes where,
legend has it, the Burgundian soldiers fleeing their defeat in 1476 got lost and
butchered. We've frequently been lost there ourselves but luckily not butchered.
Couchant in the distance, and the Combe des Begnines, 1 January 2007
Year's Day 2007 at dusk
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Posted 2 January 2002, revised 21 April 2010, 3 September 2014, 20 January 2020.