The Aiguilles Rouges
A photographic project focusing on the wildlife found in the Aiguilles Rouges Mountain Range, within the nature reserves of Aiguilles Rouges, Carlaveyron and the Vallon de Berard. Covering a surface of 4,748 hectares and ranging from 1,200m to 3,000m in altitude they are home to a number of species. Though Alpine animals continue to exist in the wild, many of their populations have dramatically reduced in size and become cut off from one another due to human influences. Large predators such as the bear and wolf have been wiped out completely while the Alpine ibex managed to bounce back from near extinction. Reserves provide vital space for animals and native plant species to thrive in and many reserves serve as wildlife corridors linking wild areas and allowing animals to migrate between different areas.
The view from Lac Blanc after a wild night. Clouds rolling through the hills serve as a reminder to the harsh environmental conditions that drive mountain wildlife to change and adapt, to better suit their habitat.
The Alpine marmot is endemic to Europe and can be found in mountainous areas between 800 and 3,200m in elevation. During this project I spent a large amount of time tracking and searching for the best locations to see this rather elusive animal. Although they can be extremely tame in some reserves, they remain shy and hard to approach in the Chamonix Valley. Thankfully patience paid off, after weeks of searching, I found an amazing location where I could observe the animals remarkably well and gain an insight into the life of this rather cute mammal! I took this photograph using a low angle looking up to a marmot on guard duty looking up and searching for predators, as the others in the family group foraged in the longer grass.