The Last One, a lonely tree amongst the Alps in winter

A mountain landscape photograph in black & white of the Alps in winter, featuring a solitary larch tree standing tall in the snow amongst huge mountains.

Simplon Pass, Switzerland
May, 2013

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Camera & lens

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR III

Camera settings

ƒ/11, 1/1000s, ISO 200 and 165mm

Size original

4027 x 6033 pixels


The Alps in winter usually are a very chilly place to be, especially on higher altitudes. This alpine winter scene features the only larch tree that managed to survive under harsh winter conditions. It is the last one standing tall amongst the highest peaks of Switzerland. Hence the title “The Last One”.

The mountain range in the back is the Monte Rosa. Monte Rosa is a mountain massif located in the eastern part of the Pennine Alps, on the border between Italy and Switzerland. Monte Rosa is the second highest mountain in the Alps and Europe. Its dominant peak, the Dufourspitze, has an altitude of 4,634 metres (15,203 ft).

It was a cold and foggy winter day when this photograph of the Alps in winter was taken. The larch tree stands in the deep snow and looks tiny against the background of these massive Swiss Alps. The view shown in this photograph is located along the Simplon pass road in the Swiss Canton of Valais.

Interested to see more photographs of the Alps in winter? Make sure to visit our Mountains & Hills photography theme. This theme showcases many more landscape photographs of the Alps as well as mountain scenery from all over the world. Alternatively, check out our Swiss Landscape Photography portfolio for more photos from Switzerland in general.

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2 comments for The Last One, a lonely tree amongst the Alps in winter

  1. Jack McKenzie

    Well seen Johan! Excellent 🙂

    • Johan Peijnenburg

      Thanks Jack!

  2. Kim

    Great storytelling Johan!

    • Johan Peijnenburg

      Hey thanks Kim 🙂

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