dimanche 17 janvier 2021

Squirrels

The first real opportunity to use the new telephoto lens (leica 100-400mm). Takes some getting used to, such a powerful telephoto but quite pleased with photos of the elusive red squirrel, they always stay far away unlike their much bolder grey cousins. The one in the last shot had been fighting with another pair and has a nasty injury on his nose...must have stuck it where it wasn't wanted!






 

lundi 11 janvier 2021

More snow

Lots more snow the last few days and gite guests who didn't heed our advice that snow tyres, socks or chains were essential to get here. In the end we had to collect them and then at the end of their stay find chains for them. Fortunately John had an old pair that I managed to modify to fit their super large wide tyres. Guest seemed more worried that the chains might scratch his alloy wheels, than the safety of his family! 

Today it's sunny and the snow has stopped, though more forecast for next week.

Giant snow bear



A little wren finding some clear grass on a bank to hide in



 

jeudi 7 janvier 2021

Tuc de la Coume (again)



After yesterday's disaster on Joubac I was keen to get out again on the skis. A quick tour up and down Tuc de la Coume sufficed (2 hours up and down). With stable snow I made a solo trip, meeting 3 local skiers and a boarder on the summit. On the descent I accidentally mounted the camera on my helmet facing the wrong way!! Doh!

mercredi 6 janvier 2021

More snow


More snow yesterday, enough to tempt me to skin up Joubac and attempt to ski down, but there wasn't quite enough and instead I ended up snarled up in bracken stems just under the snow.

Today the sun has come out, a relief for the sheep and the wildlife. 





 

lundi 4 janvier 2021

Tuc de la Coume


After the snow and continuing cold weather a chance to get out in it on skis and snowshoes. As Sheri and Michiel, Becks and Kev, don't have 4x4 we started from Navée above Ercé, rather than driving in from Cominac on the piste which always snowed up. A bit more ascent to make but we donned skis/snowshoes from the car.




Very cold until about midday, when the sun made an appearance and began to warm us. The summit was very chilly with a biting wind so we descended quickly for lunch in the sun a little above the trees.







The first 50m or so of descent wasn't fun to ski as the snow was compacted by the wind and a little crusty but after that is was glorious!



Our lunch spot

 Telephoto of our tracks close to the summit taken from just above Quélébu the following day.