An UFO above Mont Blanc...

An UFO above Mont Blanc ....
watched from the summit of Dent du Géant. The Peuterey-Ridge with Aiguille Noir de Peuterey and Aiguille Blanche de Peuterey leads from the left to Mont Blanc. Mont Maudit on the right of Mont Blanc. In the middle of the picture Tour Ronde with its northface and the long ridge "Arête de la Brenva" on its right, which leads as Arête Kuffner to Mont Maudit. In the right part of the picture Grand Capucin. In the lower left corner of the photo Rif. Torino.
(July 2002)


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Dean - Feb 6, 2004 8:32 am - Voted 10/10


I just discovered this beautiful and unusual (UFO) pic and had to comment about how gorgeous this picture and its composition is. Call it love at first sight.


Velebit - Feb 6, 2004 9:28 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Outstanding

I second that, fantastic shot!

Rahel Maria Liu

Rahel Maria Liu - Mar 24, 2004 4:13 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Outstanding

Thanks :-)

Cheers Rahel

signorellil - Mar 24, 2004 4:27 pm - Voted 10/10

Bit of a metereological note

This is locally called the "fish tail" cloud. When you see it in the morning, it does mean the weather will change for worse in few hours.

Rahel Maria Liu

Rahel Maria Liu - Mar 27, 2004 7:49 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Bit of a metereological note

Hi Luca,

yes, we knew this - and therefore we did not climb the second summit of Dent du Géant, since we probably would not have reached Rif. Torino in good weather. Due to this cloud, we abseiled down from the first summit.

Cheers Rahel


jowsey14 - Oct 29, 2006 6:50 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Bit of a metereological note

i hadn't known about this until now. is this always the case or is it just a local condition?

signorellil - Oct 29, 2006 10:04 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Bit of a metereological note

A disk shaped, elongated cloud above a prominent summit is always a sign of a change of conditions. On MB this is particularly important, as it's a very high summit without any kind of "screen" on its west side against coming storms (WSW is normally the direction from where unstable fronts come on this area). It's also rather important to take the hour of the day in account - this kind of cloud in the early morning is a more reliable telltale sign.

Check my article "How A Storm Comes to Mt. Blanc" on SummitPost for more info on this


mills - Sep 28, 2009 5:03 pm - Voted 10/10

Fantastic shot

This is one brill photo, I thought the cloud is a Lenticular and usually meaning very strong winds at high altitude !



mills - Oct 17, 2009 7:31 pm - Voted 10/10

So Sad

When I posted the above coment I did not know of the untimely passing away of Rahel Maria Liu, I feel so sad :( Rest in Peace

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