In the Window of Heaven and Earth, Lac Blanc, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, Haute-Savoie, France

Photograph by Yuzuru Masuda


This young male alpine ibex was photographed at the edge of the cliff surrounding Lac Blanc in the French Alps. Due to the sediment that flows into Lac Blanc from the thawing ice at higher altitudes, the colour of the water here is unique pale blue. Shadows of the surrounding mountains, blue sky above and the white cloud formation make interesting reflections on the surface of the lake. When I saw this ibex walking along the cliff by the lake, I quietly went ahead and waited for him to come into this background of lake colours, anticipating the moment when he would enter the perfect window of heaven and earth. The ibexes there are relatively relaxed about human presence.



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