Albarine river running through the valley, a few kilometers under Charabotte waterfall.
Albarine river runs through Ain department and just after Hauteville Lompnès jumps a cliff of more than 100 meters. It's Charabotte waterfall which is the highest in the department.
I went there two days ago for a first visit of the waterfall and the lower valley. All the images were posted yesterday on my website, you can have a look here.
I returned to lake Génin yesterday before dawn. I wanted to make some landscapes in the early morning but once arrived, i was actually more interested by forest insights and by the frosted vegetation near the water.
I've published all the images from my first visit to this lake a few days ago on my french website. You can check them here.
Lake Génin is a little lake i discovered a few days ago in the mountains of Ain department.
It was a short visit and i came back with a few images. I start today with this one done using a combination of multiexposure and camera motion.
Another image of Les Pertes de la Valserine after the rain.One week ago i've published 16 images of this place on my french website. You can check them here.
We had some strong rain during the past weeks. It stopped yesterday and i decided to explore a part of Valserine river i had never visited before.
Just before the city of Bellegarde sur Valserine, the river suddenly plunges in a narrow and deep canyon so that it seems to disapear from the surface. This place is named Pertes de la Valserine.
Yesterday, due to the high water level, the spectacle was impressive, for the ears as much as for the eyes.
Another view of Haut Jura Natural Park done a few weeks ago in the deep forest of Champfromier.
I'm just back from a short visit to some friends living in Valserine valley. This little trip in Haut Jura Natural Park was not photography oriented and i just took a very short time two days ago for a few images of the surrounding landscape. This one was done just near my friend's house and i think it gives a very nice view of the summer here. In winter these fields and coniferous trees are under tons of snow.
Crêt de Chalam is a mountain between Ain and Jura departments that i discovered about one month ago. It offers a very large and nice view on all the surroundings.
When i went to Surjoux to make images of Pain de Sucre waterfall, i noticed a little place with a nice point of view on the Rhône valley.
I came back a few weeks later by a rainy afternoon with short appearances of sun.
Weather was really awful when i arrived, so i first spent a long time driving all around to explore this part of the valley i don't know well.
When the rain stopped to fall continually, i returned to this place overhanging the river where i could make a short serie of images under the warm light of a few sunrays making the green forests really beautiful.
The complete serie was published yesterday on my french website.
I don't know the upper part of Vézéronce river but from Pain de Sucre waterfall to the junction with the Rhône, the river bed is large and the water runs on a kind of limestone rock.
On my first visit in April, i was surprised by the low water level despite the unstopping rain we have here for months.
The water was running quietly and sometimes falling in such little "cracks" in the tender rocks.
I thought this closeup composition could be interesting and just had to set up my tripod over the "crack". The limestone was very slippery and I wasn't in the most comfortable position while making this image but i'm very happy with the result.
It was very late in the afternonn and light was low enough to give this silky water effect without any ND filter.
I don't have posted any image of Valserine valley for a long time.
I was reviewing photos on my website and noticed this one which was never published here although it's one of my fav done with my camera-shake method.
Pyrimont is a small hamlet of Chanay village in Ain department. This "castle" stands above the Rhône river where i was making images a few days ago.
I was actually on the other side of the valley, walking along a narrow country road when i first noticed this big house and its blue shutters.
I walked until finding a nice point of view on the river, made the photos i wanted to do and on the way back to my car, i stopped for 2 or 3 images of the "castle".
At this time, i didn't know anything about this house. Back home i looked at several maps and aerial views. Then, i was almost sure it was Pyrimont castle. I made more internet searches looking for images to confirm but the only one i found was a very old postcard. I also learned that although its name, this "castle" is more an aristocrat's house built at the beginning of 19th century.
Still posting images from my last outing to this waterfall. This one was done in the very late afternoon but i needed my Hoya ND 400 filter to get a long enough exposure for this effect on the "lake".
As we have an awful weather almost every day, i spend a lot of time browsing the net and looking at maps, searching for some interesting places to photograph and i found yesterday another waterfall named Pain de Sucre in Ain department. Actually, like Jura, this department really has many and many rivers and falls and is a very good photographic destination at spring and autumn.
An image from last week done during my visit to Pain de Sucre waterfall.
Although the main goal was to make images of the waterfall i took a little time for a few photos of the river which was running nicely underwood before the junction with the Rhône river.