With recent temperatures rising into the mid-20’s (70’s F), even in Evolène @1,400m or 4,600ft, most of the snow has now gone from the lower mountain slopes. So I was expecting to be able to reach the Col du Torrent (@2,916m or 9,567ft), perhaps with a bit of detouring around any snow that might be left in the gullies. However, it soon became clear, as I got higher, that the late April snow had left its mark and I decided to turn back, maybe 400m, or around 70m in height, from the col. So I never did manage to get a picture of the fabulous view into the next valley. 🙁 Maybe next time.
Another dilemma was how much time to spend chasing butterflies. I knew I had a good 6 hours walking ahead of me, so I couldn’t wait around too long to capture as many as I would have liked. At least six Apollos escaped my lens, as did a couple of Painted Ladies (spotted on the descent). Apart from those shown below, there were numerous others, which I would only be able to name once downloaded onto my laptop. Thankfully, the flowers are a little easier to photograph, if not to identify!