Scenic Mont Blanc (Stan Sykora)
Northern slopes of Mont Blanc seen from Chamonix

Finally I have taken a decent picture of the Europe's second highest mountain (after Elbrus) which was badly missing in this Collection. This view was shot from the garden of the Majestic Congress Center in Chamonix on a late afternoon when the nearly horizontal sun rays form long shadows which model the landscape and enhance the perception of distances. The French Alps weather was soon to change, with hazy humidity already rushing in from the west (right side).

Mont Blanc (White Mountain, 4807 m) is the roundish, snow-covered mountain top right of the picture center. Other prominent features include: Aiguille du Goûter (3817 m, cut off by the right edge); Mont Maudit (4465 m, center); part of Mont Blanc du Tacul (4248 m, snow-covered, left of the center), the slopes rising towards Aiguille du Midi (3847 m, cut off by the left edge), the crevasses-ridden Glacier des Bossons (center, just above the tree tops), one of the few glaciers worldwide which descends below the tree line and the ridge (dark and low, right of center) separating Glacier des Bossons from the hidden Glacier de Taconnaz). Note: aiguille means spire.

Chamonix, France, September 15, 2007. This is an enlargement of one of the shots in a Mont Blanc album.
Later addition: the shot below was taken early morning on September 20, 2009.

Mont Blanc at dawn

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