Wildlife of the Tour du Mont Blanc

Posted on April 28, 2013. Filed under: Exercise, France, Italy, Photography, Switzerland, Tour du Mont Blanc, Travel | Tags: , , , , , |

Travel - TMB Wildlife 2                 Travel - TMB Wildlife 1

The three main animals you might get to see on the 105 mile trek around Mont Blanc in the European alps are:  the alpine ibex, the chamois, and the marmot.  We were happy to see all three, although at quite a distance.  The 2 photos above are ibex.  The close-up on the left is used here by the courtesy of Charlie Posnick (thank you very much!) and the one on the right is mine.  You will probably have to click on the photo to enlarge it on your screen to see the ibex walking along the ridge here above the refuge Bonhomme.

Travel - TMB Wildlife 4           Travel - TMB Wildlife 3

Above left, trust me, are 2 marmots we saw.  (At the bottom of the ravine, about middle, and about in the upper right 1/3 of the picture, again, zoom in!)  These rodents can reach 2 feet long and 14 pounds!  They disappear into their holes pretty quickly so it was a thrill to see them even from such a distance.  On the right was probably the most thrilling as 2 chamois ran playfully above us on this hill.  Chamois are goaty/antelope- type animals with small curled horns.  I was proud of myself that I actually retrieved my camera fast enough to get them at all.  You can see the one against the blue sky at the left even at this size, I think.

Hudson and CharleHere are the two beasts I was most happy to see upon my arrival back home; our two dachshunds, Hudson and Charlie, or rather, sausage-dogs as the Brits like to call them!

Please note all photos on this site are either used by permission or are expressly owned by Mary McCluskey.  If you wish to use one, please ask permission.

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