Majestically Rising, the Mont Blanc Massif in winter

A mountain landscape photograph with the Mont Blanc massif in winter rising above the clouds. The early morning sun lights the mountain peaks sideways.

Orsières, Switzerland
January, 2013

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Camera and lens

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED


ƒ/11, 1/320s, ISO 100 and 50mm

Size original

7095 x 4735 pixels


The Mont Blanc massif (Massif du Mont-Blanc) is an impressive mountain range in the Alps, located mostly in France and Italy. It contains eleven major independent summits, each with over 4,000 metres (13,123 ft) of elevation. It is named after the Mont Blanc, which is the highest point in western Europe with a height of 4,808 metres (15,774 ft). The Mont Blanc Massif is stunning from whichever way you view it, especially in winter.

The view captured in this mountain landscape photograph, titled “Majestically Rising”, is the view you get from a high altitude near Orsières in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. From there, the eleven mountain peaks line up nicely and seem extra rugged. In the foreground, you see a line of trees dusted with a touch of fresh snow and hoarfrost. There is a broad valley in between the trees and the Mont Blanc Massif. A thick layer of clouds filled it on this sunny winter day in the Alps.

Visit our Winter & Snow photography theme for more winter landscapes with mountains and trees from all over the world. Also, you will run into more photographs that feature the Mont Blanc Massif in winter there. Alternatively, check out our Swiss Landscape Photography portfolio for more photos of Switzerland.

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