The Kingdom of Black and White

The brilliant white of snow makes all else either grey or black, only the most intense colours stand up in comparison. The high altitude landscape in the volcano mountains of the Auvergne region in central France is divided between snow and not-snow. The forests and fields go dark while the mountains shine in their snowy sheen.

Not so around dawn, the pre-dawn sky light appears deep blue which tinges the snowy mountains even colder. The warm light of the rising sun makes the mountain scene a magic world like fairground candy floss or pink icing on a teenager’s birthday cake.

My pictures were taken in a biting wind at around 1400-1500 metres altitude in February with hoar frost tracing the skeletons of fences and trees but layering buildings to make them unrecognisable.