Dwight Peck's farm photos

Farms of the Jura in winter

The 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.

La Cerniat

The farm of La Cerniat (1277m), southward above Le Brassus in the Vallée du Joux, along the paved road up to the Combe des Begnines. A sunny 19 February 2014.

According to Henry Suter, place-names cognate with Cerney and Cerniat (and Cergnat, a hamlet near Leysin) derive from an early patois term to a method of clearing trees to create pastures and farm land, related to an ancient common word for a circle.

A snowshoer has been here only a few days ago, but our track from ten days ago is long gone now.

We're coming up from the east.

End on, into the sun

Views of La Cerniat in sunlight

Looking southward towards Le Cerney farm

It's time to get a move on.

Down the driveway

Our last views of La Cerniat; possibly forever

Earlier photos of La Cerniat

9 February 2014

A skier from earlier today

Around the back side

End on, and no more time to dawdle

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Farms of the Jura in winter

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