Morning at Mount Ventoux (Sept.2010)

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We drive this morning to Mount Ventoux summit to attend the sunrise and then to do a hike.

At the beginning of September, the sun rises in our region at about seven. In July 2004, I saw an unexpected ‘green beam’ from Mount Ventoux top at sunrise but I wasn’t able to photograph it. If I ever behold it once again and manage to take a good pic, you’ll have a post about it. Anyway, the sunrise there is a great show, each time different.

Below ‘Storms Pass’ (col des Tempêtes), on the mountain’s north side, near Fonfiole spring, chamois, kind of wild goats, can be seen early in the morning, at least in summer. Water is rare on Mount Ventoux and the spring is a suitable meeting place for wild animals. The access for their human lovers is possible only through the GR4 path. A map or a guide is recommended.

Heading eastwards along the ridge to the ‘Tête de la Grave’, we come across this nice ram which doesn’t mind our using him as a fine foreground for this photo.

Before the autumn rains, the mountain is very dry and there aren’t lots of flowers just now. Here is a bumblebee on a thistle.

After the picnic and a small rest, we complete this short hike walking up the GR4 path to the top of the mountain. Fine views stretch northwards.

Here is the same view, with a bit of zooming, showing some Alps summits. Mount Ventoux north side is very rocky, steep and wild. Click HERE to see an illustrated article about Mount Ventoux in autumn.           Huberaime

About Huberaime

Enseignant, né en 1955, passionné de photo, nature, rando et patrimoine provençal. N'hésitez pas à m'écrire si vous voulez gratuitement des photos non filigranées, faire des sorties avec nous ou simplement échanger des impressions: huberaime@hotmail.fr
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