with its Cointrin aeroport
radar facilities on top, and its abundance of cute little chamois gamboling about.
top of La Dôle (1677m) from about 1400m entering the combe of the Chalet
de la Dôle, 24 April 2004.
We're here to hunt chamois.
chamois scout lurking in the shadows, gauging the visitors' intent.
Dôle from the Chalet de la Dôle, April 2004.
sets off to seek out those cute little curvy-horned dudes.
Enthusiastically on the hunt
chamois are perking up their tiny little ears, gauging the visitors' intent.
chamois displaying the better part of valor by sliding off over the ridge until
the visitors' intent becomes reliably known.
chamois near Chalet de la Dôle trusts that visitors are toting cameras and
not AK-47s, but . . .
not pleased to be disturbed, in any case.
Dôle from the front side, 24 April 2004.
Dôle chamois searching everywhere about for unfrozen stuff to eat, many
of them stocking up fast and getting ready to present the world with brand new
inadvertently by passing hikers, chamois drift eastward for some peace and quiet.
Checkpoint: "Stop right there! If you approach one step further, we'll go
right, that's it! Goodbye!"
if someone blew a whistle, it's off for another lunch.
are okay, come back again. Rifles and shotguns are not, stay away."
is ready to go home and see if there are any more lichee nuts left in the fridge,
last chamois sentinel watches us vacate the premises, and gives the all-clear
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