panoramic view Chantorné
panoramic view of the Alpe Prô Sec
view of the Alpe Tronchaney
Alpe Courthod di Meiten
Alpe Courthod Damon
Chapel of Fossemagne
It is probably for this reason that, in 1761, the notary François-Jérôme Frutaz had the Chapel of Fossemagne built at his expenses on his own lands. The chapel, dedicated to Notre-Dame of Oropa, becomes a place of worship every 26th of July, when a mass is celebrated for the occasion of the day of Saint Anne.
To make sure that the building would last in the centuries to come, François-Jérôme Frutaz made sure to involve his neighbours, which included François-Joseph Frutaz, the Gal family and Jean Perrin, who all pledged through a public act to maintain and preserve the chapel forever.
As it often happens, two legends tied to the chapel have emerged. The first one, which is more poetic, claims that a young woman dressed in white would wander around the promontory where the chapel was built. The second one, certainly more pragmatic, suggests that the harsh pastoral life, the scourges, and epidemics which afflicted the local cattles pushed the notary to seek the help of the divine.
panoramic view Fossemagne
According to canon Frutaz's recounting of the construction of the alp, which dates back to 1780, a portion of the stones used in the construction came from the demolition of the Chavacour hospice.
tramonto all'Alpe Dzanzeve
wolf markings at the Petit Chavacour
Alpe La Nouva de Tellinod
The most well-known route is the one opened by Guido Rey in 1896.
The remains of the old alp are today the home of numerous Alpine marmots, which do not seem to mind the presence of humans too much.
Towards the end of the afternoon, this place becomes charming, with its oblique sunrays gently touching the nearby objects and casting long shadows, and its Alpine marmots seemingly enjoying the soft heat produced by the end of the day.
Flora of the Lodetor
Fauna of the Lodetor
- The mallard, an ever-present in ponds and lakes, is the most common wild duck. It spends most of the day on the water and only goes ashore for nesting or to rest and care for its plumage, which it makes waterproof by smearing an oily substance produced by a gland located at the base of its tail with its beak. There is a marked sexual dimorphism, with marked differences between males and females, especially in plumage colouration. In the male, the head and neck are a beautiful dark green - but bright - and a thin white collar emphasises the contrast with the black chest. The head colouration becomes more vivid during the mating season to attract females. The female, on the other hand, is predominantly brown, with a variety of shades from beige to brown. This colouring ensures her optimal camouflage in the marsh vegetation, which is indispensable for hatching eggs and caring for her offspring.
- Dragonflies are insects belonging to the order Odonata that are bound to water for their life cycle. Adults can be recognised by their long abdomen made up of easily recognisable segments, two pairs of densely veined wings, large eyes and very small antennae. They are active during the day, especially in the middle hours, and have an agile and fast flight. All dragonflies are predators, both in the larval and adult stages. Their formidable flying power and extraordinary eyesight make dragonflies unparalleled winged hunters. Prey is captured by ambush (the dragonfly spots prey from its perch, pounces on it, captures it with its legs and returns to its perch to consume it) or in flight (it attacks and devours its prey in flight and without the need to perch). Mating is a fascinating moment that, with luck, can be witnessed: the male makes ritualised movements to attract the female, grabs and holds her, then arches his abdomen, stimulating the female to do the same. If the female proves receptive she will respond by assuming the typical 'heart' position.
Alpe Tsanté de Guerra
The alpine pastures in front of the Alpe Tsanté de Guerra.
On the upper left the Alpe Courthod Desot may be seen, and so can the Alpe Désert which stands in the middle.
In the background, the Tsan mountain range, wrapped by clouds, and the distinct lower limit of the last snow of the spring.
Panoramic view of Triatel
The path, with its slight ups and downs, continues peacefully into the woods. Keep the right until you meet a small asphalt road which goes up; then take said road for a bit, since the climb is short.
panoramic view of the Mont Avic
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