Even with not the perfect conditions, Monte Perdido is always a landmark in the horizon when trying to see the Pyrenees from a long distance.
It is a mountain that can be easily seen from Spain, but that is almost hidden behind other high peaks when is seen from France. This may be the reason for its name, as Monte Perdido is Spanish means “Lost Mountain”.
Moving moutains, or refration doing its job in long distance pictures.
The above images show the very same mountains on the same day, just separated by a handful of minutes. In this time the layers of air are moving enough to change the direction of the beams of light, thus modifying the layout of the complete view.
As you can see, it almost seems that the mountains are growing in seconds!
Getting to see the Alps from the Pyrenees seemed an extremely difficult goal a few years ago. No photos existed, or at least were not published.
Achieving it in complete daylight without the help of the alignment of the sun or the dawn screen effect still seemed more difficult.
Alps sectors with more zoom, and a little over contrasted, to ease the view of the details. One album with other pics of that day can be found here. The panoramic simulation of Ulrich is available here.
The Doigt de Dieu was the most distant summit and the World Record for distant pictures until July of the same year. Currently World Record is from another summit of the Pyrinessalthough in this case with a contemplation before the sunrise.