Les Demoiselles Coiffées

November 12, 2021


Photographer: Elena Pinna

Summary Author: Elena Pinna

The impressive Les Demoiselles Coiffées rock formation is one of the most remarkable geological formations in the Hautes-Alpes region of France. On the road between Pontis and Le Sauze-du-Lac stands a row of "hooded ladies", comprised of several meters high rock columns topped by an imposing stone hat.

The damsels are of glacial origin and consist of rocks from an ancient moraine, whose brittle rocks have eroded to form these fragile pillars. Fortunately for these columns, harder cap stone rocks at the top have withstood the onslaught of time and slowed the loss of the comparably softer rock below.

Photo data: Canon EOS 6D, 35mm, f/8, 1/320 second exposure, ISO-125.


View Larger Map