Friday, January 04, 2008

holiday shots

It is very hard to take pictures skiing on a sunny day. Many shots are lucky ones as I truly couldn't see the tiny screen. Just for your information, these are the French Alps and the scenery belongs to the 3 Valleys - The Trois Vallées (Three Valleys) boasts over 600 km / 373 miles of well connect groomed pistes. It's an amazing ski domain which contains 3 well connected valleys (plus a small 4th valley) giving a real variation in skiable areas. Click on the skier for a map! Oh, and the pictures come straight from the camera, no photoshop involved ! (updated because Gattina mentioned that in the first comment...!)

Striped scenery:

Mr 19 off piste (one of the lucky shots):

Some bloggers show their stilettos, let me show you my ski boots!

Our daily stairway to heaven:

We had splendid weather most of the time, but a couple of days it looked like this out of our window (fortunately it didn't last the whole day!). The mountains are still there, behind the tree, so to speak...

And last but not least here is the question of the day: what kind of bird is this one? (calling birdwatchers!) Sorry about the quality, but I had to be quick!


  1. Wow ! this sky looks photoshopped ! It's really an unreal blue but I believe you that it was true ! Mr. 19 looks like a flea in a piece of cotton, lol ! You must have had a wonderful weather ! Unfortunately I don't know the breed of the bird, I am not very updated on birds due to my cats !

  2. ooh - I love those photos... especially since I was such a failure at skiing.
    Love the sun peeping over the trees - and Mr M doing his thing off-piste...and what lovely boots you have, my dear :-)

    What kind of bird? A cold one??



  3. FABULOUS shots, Miss Mar....And The French Alps are just awesome! I love that one where it is overcast and you cannot see the mountains....Wish I knew who that Bird is, but I don't....He is Darling!

  4. Love your photos. I have never seen snow and it looks like I won't be able to withstand the cold. Glad ytou had a wonderful vacation.

    Happy Friday!

  5. Mar - Wonderful shots of the Alps! I had a great time skiing the Alps, but, like craziequeen, I was a huge failure.

    I'm not sure what kind of bird that is. I know virtually nothing about Old World birds. However, whenever I am stumped, I post the link (or the picture) at the WhatBird Forum

    I usually get a response within a few hours and the people there are super knowledgeable!

    Have a great New Year!!

  6. Wow, gorgeous photos! I have some of those stillettos too! LOL

  7. Love looking at beautiful photos like this...The cold is something I am just not made for but I sure enjoy the beauty of it.


  8. Those are gorgeous photographs Mar. I love all of them and was entranced by the bird all puffed out for warmth. I may show my stupidity but it looked like a thrush to me. I looked them up in my bird book and a veery is the closest I could find. They are 16-19cm or 6 1/2 to 7 1/2 inches. I couldn't tell the size from the picture. I am also not sure if a veery would have been where you are. Below is a link with some shots of them.

  9. Simply wonderful. I wish I had been there with you. It looks like a lot of fun!

    Lovely photos, Mar!
    Happy NEw YEaR!

  11. looks beautiful...almost nice enough to make me want to try skiing again...ALMOST. ;)

  12. Ohhhhhhhhh MAR! It's gorgeous! Love those boots too! LOL! I doubt I would don a pair -- but I would love to sit in the chalet and drink hot toddies or something - and WATCH!!!

  13. Beautiful! I bet it was a lot of fun!

  14. Oh I love the pictures! Very pretty!!

  15. Happy New Year- The photos capture the crisp sunny cold well. The birdy looks a little chilly too!

  16. Mar - My best guess is a Red-Throated Pipit:

  17. It looks like such a fun time y'all had! I've never been skiing before, so it's neat to see your ski boots and all of your gorgeous pictures!

    Happy New Year!!! :D

  18. Wonderful pictures for lucky ones! You've sparked my curiosity on the bird - now I have to find out what it is :)


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