On the Road is a weekday feature spotlighting reader photo submissions.
From the exotic to the familiar, whether you’re traveling or in your own backyard, we would love to see the world through your eyes.
Of course, I was not just looking across the valley at les aiguilles and Mt. Blanc. I also kept an eye open for flowers (like usual). I don’t have much to say about these, but enjoy!
I love these little bits of turf and flowers on rocks. Embiggen
Back in Chamonix, from the garden at St. Michel Church, a few yards away from our hotel. My real name is Michael, so it was nice to have a church named after me nearby :-)
Also from the garden at St. Michel Church, with our hotel in the background.
Daisies! Always appreciated. Thank you so much for your photos this week. I can barely walk starting around 8,000 feet so it was nice to live vicariously.
This has been a wonderful series, and like eclaire one that I can only dream about. Thank you for sharing your pictures with us.
I like the little purple guys
Loved the entire series — great set of pics and stories to go with.
Turns out that I am headed to Chamonix for some hiking at the end of summer and your trail pics hit the spot! Thanks for sharing your photographs.
I’ll just add my thanks here as well, Big Jim, because I think it was your Dolomite series that prompted my family’s trip there this past summer. I might not have found that incredible part of the world if not for you, and the Argiope fam remains grateful. What a blog!
Bright petals spring, near butterfly’s wing, in the morning to greet me…. What a great post to wake up to.
Must be nice to have your name plastered on everything!
You guys will be happy to know that there are four more parts to this Hiking in the Alps series. I don’t have them scheduled yet, but they are in the queue.
This morning I added the Hiking in the Alps category. So these 4 are in there now, but once the others are posted, they will all be in there.
@WaterGirl: Thank you!
Wonderful wonderful wonderful photos! The butterfly, the (maybe) creeping phlox in the first photo, the–are they daisies or is that chamomile? Love ALL of it!
Nice end to the series. I especially like the first picture, because it includes lichen, which I’m a bit fascinated by.
@MelissaM: Yes about the lichens. They start the whole process by weathering the rocks on which they live to release nutrients and create substrate for the flowers which require pollination by the pretty butterflies and moths which in turn…
Well, you get my meaning.
Thank you for more wonderful pictures, BJS.
Lovely little gems.
Thanks everybody for the kind words, and it’s my pleasure to share :-)
And besides the 4 more posts that WaterGirl mentioned, I still have some more to setup!
@Argiope: I know I’ve mentioned it here at some point, but these trips to the Alps all got started by Flickr.
I have the extension for Chrome that opens each new tab or window with a picture from Flickr. Tre Cime in the Dolomites kept coming up and once I looked into it and saw how accessible this region is, I HAD to go.
@BigJimSlade: We did a week out of the small town of Corvara; highly recommended! South of town over a pass is a hike where you take a huge gondola car (small ski area in the winter) and you can do a hike that takes you part of the way back down through tunnels built in WWI by the Italians, who were planning to blow up the Austrians who had taken the high ground above. You need a headlamp because it is not lit, and you need to be ok with some minor exposure. The explanatory signs on the high ground do not include English, but we found out about it through a British hiking guidebook for the area; that hike and the history of the site plus the amazing alpine landscape are one of my top 10 travel experiences.
@StringOnAStick: I have a window that’s been open for weeks about Corvara – we may spend a few days there this summer… we’ll see :-) We’ll be flying into Munich and going to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Then we were considering Mayrhofen, but maybe Corvara instead.
Our hiking guide is “Shorter Walks in the Dolomites” by Gillian Price – maybe you have the same one?
A friend in Belgium and I took the train from Cologne to Munich to Bolsano. It was a bank holiday in Germany and there was only one rental car available and one hotel room in the Dolomites. Each were $250 and weather was moving in – October. Missed gli Dolomiti (the Dolomites). Surrounded by thousands of miles of incredible mountains here so I expect no sympathy. We had a glorious day in Verona dining on the piazza by the coliseum and walking through the old town to the amazing garden Jardin de Giustii.