A spectacular (and very rare) ice halo photographed (on an iPhone) by Michael Schneider this month in the Swiss Alps. According to Schneider, the phenomenon developed gradually as fog dissipated at the top of a ski resort.
The Valpelline Bivouac – an alpine shelter on a rocky peak in Italy’s Morion ridge – prefabricated offsite and dropped into place by helicopter.
Made from composite wooden panels and steel, anchored to the rock by cables, it offers a base for climbers trekking over the ridge, with cooking facilities, storage and stunning views of Becca di Luseney, Monte Rosa, and the Matterhorn.
Each of the clay columns, eroded from earlier structures left by retreating glaciers after the last Ice Age, is protected by a large boulder resting on top. Eventually, the columns lose the structural cohesion required to support the boulder and collapse – a sad day indeed for natural weirdness.
Trials riders Julien Dupont and Arthur Cotard head up into the French Alps for a bit of freestyle shenanigans with a well kitted-out camera crew (packing a camera-equipped Air Drone remote-control helicopter) in tow. The result is this slickly edited five minutes of mountain candy.