Peck's low-res 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.]
farm (1445 meters) and communal group-overnight refuge belonging to the village
of Arzier, about one hour northeast of the Col de la Givrine. The mountain Le
Noirmont lies up to the right in this photo, and the French frontier just
down the hill beyond that, 14 January 2001.
the north, about 400m away, 5 p.m. on 26 March 2006
the northeast end. Arzier is the biggest commune, geographically speaking, in
the entire area, because whereas the other village properties extend up the Jura
hill from the city hall to the alpage on the first ridge on top (like from Bassins,
750m, up to La Bassine at 1261m), the Arzier property extends straight up and
then northward above the others. Including the farm of L'Arzière (above).
summer, a coalition of willing Arzier residents goes on a four-day walkabout around
the perimeters of the commune's land, staying overnight at facilities like this
one, presumably pre-stocked with white wine and god knows what else.
front porch, 26 March 2006, as a week of spring rain has finally begun to reduce
this year's incredible depths of snow.
sculpted stair down to the front door.
as probably all mountain chalets, at least in this area
on a gloomy sort of day, 8 February 2004.
from up on the side of Le Noirmont, March
the Carte National de la Suisse, 25,000 scale: 1241, Marchairuz
L'Arzière is the pink dot.
Les Coppettes is the green dot.
Le Sollier is the brown dot.
Le Noirmont's two little
summits are blue.
The Cabane du Carroz is a yellow
Pré du Four is there in the middle.
and suggestions are welcome if positive, resented if negative, .
All rights reserved, all wrongs avenged. Posted 24 February 2001, revised 5 February