One day, investigating photographing possibilities for sunset, we scouted around a cliff that jutted out scarily over the other end of this valley. We trudged up and down through knee-deep snow, perching on the cliff edge, wondering. The backdrop of the magnificent peaks was appealing, and there were infinite possibilities, but in the end I opted for this view – and a shorter and easier sunset walk 😉 – after which I discovered that the clamp knob on my tripod head had become stuck, maybe frozen into place. Best to head off for the van, I decided, and let it warm up again before trying to undo it. A nice chat with Vadim and Natalya followed, with Natalya astounding me with her ability to interpret between Russian and English.