This is my first trial to use Hugin, which would enable me to work on panoramas while remaining on Linux... Seeing relatively few panos about the Alpes Maritimes, I chose to assemble the present sequence of shots.
In Spring 2009 snowfalls in the region had summed up to 12 m, such that at the beginning of May the access road was still closed at Tetti Gàina, 1075 m. In the refuge where we were lodged, a former hunting house of the Savoia family, you could smoothly walk from the snow covering the courtyard directly to the roof.
After taking the shots that I used here, my friend Gino and I skied down to the French side to the remote Lac Nègre, reentering Italy from the Col de Fremamorta. This col is followed by the nice suspended plateau housing the Fremamorta lakes, right in face of the Argentera Massif.
In the late afternoon, while my friend Gino descended to the refuge, I reached again the top, this time from the northern side, but the poor quality of the light prevented me from taking further photographs.
Next day we took on a tour-de-force to Rocca La Paur, Lago della Sella, Monte Matto and Vallone della Meris, but the sight of the huge avalanches all around frightened us to the point that we quickly took the way to home!
More infos (in Italian) about this tour are to be found in
Photographs are in http://picasaweb.google.com/albertopedrotti/Marittime
Canon Powershot G9, 1/800, f/8, ISO 80, 7.4 mm, 10 pictures in vertical format