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Walking up the hills above Sallanches we reached the little village of Les Houches (different to Les Houches near Chamonix which is not far away). From Les Houches we get this expansive view of the mountains on the north side of the Arve River, with Croix de Fer in the centre and Aiguille Rouge on the right. On the left, in the locality of Arpenaz, is an impressive S-shaped fold in the thick layer of limestone. This was formed during the collision of Italy with Europe, with Italy riding over the top of Europe from right to left, buckling up the layers of rock underneath it.

The lower part of the S has a waterfall plunging down it - the Arpenaz Falls. It is too small to see in the photo, as it only had a small volume of water going over it. Some sources say it is the highest waterfall in France.

The photo is a stitch of two photos to produce a panorama. I gave it a small amount of HDR treatment to give it a bit more eclat. Then I increased the mid-tone contrast to add a bit of pizzazz. These combined to increase the wow factor. Wow! is what I said when I arrived at this spot.

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