The Valais (French pronunciation: [valɛ]; German: Wallis, German pronunciation: [ˈvalɪs] ( listen)) is one of the 26 cantons of Switzerland in the southwestern part of the country, around the valley of the Rhône from its headwaters to Lake Geneva, separating the Pennine Alps from the Bernese Alps. The canton is one of the drier parts of Switzerland in its central Rhône valley. Paradoxically, it is also one of most well-watered parts, having large amounts of snow and rain up on the highest peaks found in Switzerland. The canton of Valais is probably best known for the Matterhorn and ski resorts such as Zermatt or Verbier.
The canton of Valais lies in the southwest of Switzerland. To its south lies Italy, to the southwest France. To the north the canton is bounded by the Swiss cantons of Vaud and Bern; the cantons of Uri and Ticino lie to its east.
The wide, glacial Rhône valley dominates the area. There are many side valleys which branch off the main valley. These vary from narrow and remote to reasonably populous and popular. At the head of the Mattertal valley lies Zermatt, a pretty tourist village dominated by views of the Matterhorn (4,478 m). Fifty of the mountains exceed 4,000 m with the highest, Monte Rosa, reaching to 4,638 metres (15,217 ft), and there are numerous glaciers including several of the largest in the Alps.
Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valais – 20.11.2008
Valais with Sunset
With this picture I became clear, how strong our cognition is affected by our sight of the things:
Without conscious cogitation I see the snow as white, even though here it is in no case.
How often I am liable to such a delusion with things which are less harmless.