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.]
The farm of Petites Chaumilles, about 1400m
Chaumilles lies only about 1.5 kilometres northeast of the main Swiss road from
Lake Geneva into the southwest end of the Vallée de Joux, over the Col
du Marchairuz and down to the town of Le Brassus. Until the early 1990s that road
was not kept open in winter, but nowadays it's open all year
round, and brilliant non-commercial cross-country areas are maintained all through
the combes between the Jura ridgelines.
Late afternoon in the Jura
Now we're going up on the hill behind, at 1430m, for some aerial shots.
A glance back down at Petites Chaumilles, with the Grand Cunay on the ridgeline.
A Lumix-zoom view of Mont Tendre stretching its slow length along, with the summit pylon at the far end
Far below us, Pré de Denens at 1367m, on the Marchairuz to Mollendruz crosscountry ski trail.
at the farm of Petites Chaumilles, 27 February 2005
the Carte National de la Suisse, 25,000 scale: 1221, Le Sentier
blue dot indicates Petites Chaumilles farm.
The yellow dot is the Grande
The orange dot shows the location of La Perrause farm
across the flat of "La Plateforme".
The green dot shows the farm
from the front, 20 January 2002.
the farm, also on 20 January 2002, looking back southwestward towards the sun.
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All rights reserved, all wrongs avenged. Posted 9 February 2002, revised 29 December 2010.