Early morning; possibly everyone is still sleeping. The light outside is reflecting the surrounding mountains off the lake at the end of the valley. Instead of waking everyone up to get my camera which is buried under a pile of clothes, I leave with just my phone. There is a soothing calm outside. No wind, it is a brisk chilly spring morning. I sit on the edge of the lake actually enjoying the moment, despite other photographers jockeying for the key spots, tripoding their gear all over the place. I felt in the moment and not pressured to get ‘the shot’. Although, in that fluid moment of enjoyment, I remained programmed to snap a few pics. Below is one which captured the moment the best, the spring can be seen by the excess of pollen along the strands on the lake edge, matching the boat hulls.
When I first stumbled across this, it seemed bizarre, out of place, alien. I had to stop, examine the tracks, and study the plant. Our hike had led us to Lämmerensee, which had started to dry up in the late summer, its clay-like mud surface textured by micro organisms and invaded by macro organisms of human, canine, and aves origin.
Serene is defined as, “calm, peaceful and untroubled,” which is exactly what we wish for dear friends and family during these difficult times. Its seems only suiting that the image below was taken in California, home to those that could use serenity in their lives the most. May peace wash over you.
On a recent hike in the canton of Jura, Switzerland, we ended in the town of St. Ursanne, a medieval walled-in town with a 12 century church. This unique area is considered the Jewel of the Jura, and a quick visit, it is easy to see why. Fascinating architecture, set in the midst of the Jura white stone mountains, is almost a step back in time. Below are the windows of the cloister next to the church.