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.

Eparçillon, the well (citerne)

Sitting at 1337 meters on the skinny Route de Montagne, at the intersection which leads either to the Swiss Alpine Club cabane de Cunay or to the Pré de St. Livres, this three-sided shed and cisterne frequently affords good parking in the 'tween-seasons for walks upward in many directions. 10 March 2007.

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For some reason, the name "Eparçillon" was included in the Swiss 25k-scale map dated 1955, but is (although shown) not named in the edition dated 2000 (as below). Now, according to local signposting, it's considered to be part of the alpage of La Foirausaz.

Marching past an 'unnamed spot' on snowshoes, heading south-southwest, 18 February 2001.

Returning to one's automobile at the snowline on the Route des Montagnes, below the Eparçillon citerne, February 2001.

Nearly snowless on 3 April 2005, from the northwest

3 April 2005, from the northeast

And from the southwest, on the Route des Montagnes

A week later, 9 April 2005, and we're back in the soup again.

30 March 2008

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Farms of the Jura in winter

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