The sky is grey and white and cloudy.

Posted: July 25, 2017 in Nature, Travel
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We’d dried off a bit, had our cafè to warm us, and were off exploring.  Flying under the radar clouds, we absorbed quite a lot of beauty before stopping for lunch.  As we drove, the clouds began to lift, allowing us better views of this stunning area covered with wildflowers.

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Delicate wild pansies were abundant.

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The cattle you can see in the lower part of the pasture are Vosgienne cattle with their distinctive black and white markings.  (You can see a better photo of one by clicking on the highlighted link.  They’re quite attractive.) Native to the Vosges, primarily in the Alsace, they’re alos hearty, gentle, and fed almost completely on grass of the area, known for the quality of their milk which is used to make the region’s famous Munster cheese.

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Our souls saturated with beauty, hunger began to make itself felt.  It was almost time for lunch!  Of course, in France, it’s almost time for something to eat or drink any time. 🙂

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(Blog title courtesy of Paul Simon’s “Cloudy.”  Thanks, Paul.)


  1. ledrakenoir says:

    Nothing wrong about blue skies, but especially in mountain scenery so clouds do add a unique mood. Very well captured. 🙂

  2. Tish Farrell says:

    So very, very beautiful, Janet. Can almost smell the scent of those lovely upland meadows. That first shot with the little pink spires of polygonum and misty mountains beyond is v. striking.

  3. Dan Antion says:

    This area is just so beautiful. Thanks for sharing the photos, Janet.

  4. Sue says:

    Lovely images….and you mentioned Munster – one of my favourite cheeses!

    • 🙂 There are lots of small farmers in the area that advertise Munster. This part of France has cow’s milk cheeses, while when my s-i-l lived in Provence, goat cheese was easily available and inexpensive


  5. Stunningly beautiful with the lifting clouds and the green, green mountainsides. Thank you so much for sharing your journey with words as well as photos..

  6. Beautiful shots, Janet! I can see you had a great time on your vacation.

  7. Allan G. Smorra says:

    A beautiful tip-o-the-hat to Simon & Garfunkle and some gorgeous scenery to boot, Janet. I can smell the grass and the flowers in the field in the first photo.

  8. Lovely, lovely, lovely…

  9. Aletta says:

    such a beautiful area!

  10. How wonderful to be there when there were wildflowers in bloom! The views are stunning.

  11. Su Leslie says:

    Thanks for sharing these Janet. I can almost breathe the freshness of the air. Perfect for a gloomy Auckland morning. 🙂

  12. joey says:

    Wonderful wildflowers in a gorgeous setting! What great views! And all hail the cows 😛

  13. Emilio Pasquale says:

    What beautiful country. I would love get some butter from these cows. talk about organic and grass fed!

  14. Madhu says:

    Gorgeous snapshots Janet. Wildflowers, mountains and great cheese….what more can one ask for? 🙂

  15. marianallen says:

    Always time to eat and/or drink, eh? Yep: France is my kinda place! 🙂 Gorgeous photos, as always. Such clarity and depth and richness of color!

  16. Beautiful photos ans locations, like the fact that there is some details on the front of the photographs.

  17. Hammad Rais says:

    Oh wow!
    These are indeed very amazing snaps. Out in the wild, surrounded by majestic nature. What else to make a day perfect 🙂