Lately, I’ve been enjoying some good “photo shoots.” As happens here in November/December, most days have been overcast, dank, and miserable down low. But higher nothing but glorious sunshine. Last week I had fun with sunset photos as well as cycling-above-the-clouds photos, which then inspired me to try and combine the two.
First, the inspiration: Behind where I live the roads go up steeply, and just a few minutes away there are some nice spots for sunset pics.
Separately, higher up, Mont Salève offers endless views above the clouds of the Jura mountains, the Alps, etc.
Last weekend, exploring off-road atop Mont Salève I came upon this fabulous view. (The tricky part of photo is ensuring my profile is against the clouds and not the dark ground).
As I took in this fabulous location I couldn’t help thinking how perfect it would be for a sunset shot. But I couldn’t quite convince myself to hang around in the cold and wait two more hours. 🙂 So I decided to return another day. And it was worth the effort.
I am a little nervous riding in the dark, especially as the descent from here includes 4 kms at 12% – around dark hairpins – below Croisette. But I was able to dash down before it was completely dark.
I am truly fortunate to live below such a great mountain with such diverse views.
PS – in the below photo I have just emerged from the clouds on a very low-cloud day. On the distant right is the part of Mont Salève where I took the top sunset profile photo.