Two contrasting postcards from the first weekend in summer at Villard de Lans in the Vercors region of France.
We hiked to the hike to the Col Vert (1760m) on a blustery day. Starting off from Villard de Lans (1050m), our choice of paths took us up through forests of a variety of pine trees. Above the tree line the heat of the midday sun and the violent winds made themselves known but the skies stayed clear.
The Col Vert is a craggy limestone window with a precipitous view through to the valley of the river Gresse 1000m below, which meets with the river Isère at Grenoble.
A fine but windy sunset and then the weather all changed for the first day of summer, see below:-