Pic du Midi d’Ossau is like Great Gable in the Lake District. It’s the iconic mountain which you see on book covers and photographed a thousand times. It is however worth repeat visits to find the different conditions. In 2009 I got good summer shots with blue skies. In 2013 I got more of the same but from Pic Ayous above and with drifting cloud and a dramatic ridge foreground. This shot, and a few more on this trip, is slightly muted. The morning had been grey and dull but then reaching here around midday the sun began to break through sporadically. This meant interesting shadows with sunlight and grey skies. I’d planned to walk to refuge Pombie this year and miss Ayous. When I got here however, and sun was breaking through, I decided to “prolong the pleasure” as I said to three ladies whom I’d met at Candanchu that morning. They were from Canada and delightful company. I met them again at Ayous, Pombie, Arremoulit and Wallon.

 

Pyrenees Mountain Photography: Pic du Midi d'Ossau

Tuesday September 23, 2014