In the Alps #8

The “Into the Alps” photo series are snapshots from various trips we have taken in the Alps. Although the photos are primarily in black and white, they aim to show the natural beauty of the Alps in areas which may be of interest to others. We hope you enjoy this series and that you follow us to be a part of the updates.

In the Alps, you are at the mercy of the elements in all of its forms, but while in them, you sometimes catch a glimpse of nature’s majestic beauty as we did one evening as the sun set and the mist lifted.  We stayed a few nights at Obersteinberg, a great Alpine Berghaus with expansive views at the end of a quite valley far past the tourist crowds of Lauterbrunen.

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This post is part of the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Elemental

In the Alps #7

The “Into the Alps” photo series are snapshots from various trips we have taken in the Alps. Although the photos are primarily in black and white, they aim to show the natural beauty of the Alps in areas which may be of interest to others. We hope you enjoy this series and that you follow us to be a part of the updates.

This photo was taken from the town of Bettmeralp, a car free village in the Swiss Alps in the canton of Valais.  South facing, the town has commanding views of some of the highest peaks in Switzerland, and is one of the best jumping off points for hiking to, and near, the Aletsch Glacier, the biggest glacier in continental Europe.

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Change

Change, delta, variation, increment; a noticed transitory deviation from prior spacial awareness.  In this case, temperature.  The small, nearly unnoticeable, change to all who choose to ignore adds up to significant changes in our environment, our way of life.

This photo was taken from the Trifthütte in the Swiss Alps, and is of the Triftglacier.  Once so great in its magnitude, one would have to cross it to get to the hütte.  Today, you would need to hike 3 hours to get to the view I have captured.  For more on the Trifthütte and how to get there, or here to get to another view point.

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This post is part of the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Delta.

In the Alps #6

The “Into the Alps” photo series are snapshots from various trips we have taken in the Alps. Although the photos are primarily in black and white, they aim to show the natural beauty of the Alps in areas which may be of interest to others. We hope you enjoy this series and that you follow us to be a part of the updates.

This photo was taken just below the Alpine Observatory and Hotel at the top of Gornergrat, high above the town of Zermatt.  The cogwheel train will bring you up to the top of the 3,100m peak for commanding views of the Matterhorn and the Monte Rosa Glacier.  For more photos of the area, visit our other post…

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A quiet place in Switzerland

A recent place we’ve visited in Switzerland, and somewhat off the beaten path is the town of Gruyères.  Made famous by the picturesque hilltop castle dominating the medieval town, it is well known and can be touristy on weekends.  With all it’s charm, it is quite easily a day trip to take it in, but views like this can only best be seen if one ventures out of town for a short hike.

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This post is part of the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Wanderlust