Photographer's Note

Centuries ago farmers in the sunny, dry Valais created an irrigation system to supply water to meadows and fields- a system which is still amazing today. Wild glacier streams were tapped and the life-giving element was supplied to the cultivated slopes via a skilfully laid network of channels.
In Upper Valais these channels were called suonen, in Lower Valais bisses. Dug into the ground, hewn out of the rocks or spectacularly suspended on cliff faces, and as scars, a reminder of earlier times and the populations battle against drought.

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