For the third summer running the Commune have decided to exhibit some pictures along the footpath from Lac d’Arbey to Farquèses. Two years ago it was a series of photos of the Himalaya and last year, some paintings of the Evolène region by Belgian artist, Paul Coppens. This year it’s images by the comic creator, Derib. Some of his stories cover our local region, including the race of Val d’Hérens cows and the Patrouille de Glacier ski touring race.
An old friend of mine, Matt, is camping with two of his friends in the village and yesterday we walked up to Lac d’Arbey and along the path, before dropping down to Les Haudères (for a well earned beer 🍺😊) and then back along the riverside to Evolène.
As always at this time of year, there were many butterflies, but I was particularly pleased to capture a Violet Carpenter Bee feeding on a Woolly Thistle, which, my Alpine Flora book says, is “rather rare” (see pic 18). I have to say, given its stiff spikes, there was nothing woolly about it!