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.

Obersteinberg - 2007-08-11 220e

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

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.

2015-07-04-Trift_572

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

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.

20170504_20170413-Gruyere_220

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

A Little Green

We are looking forward to spring, to everything awakening and signaling us to get outside!  It’s time to dust off the cold layers of winter and make our mark on this new, gorgeous weather.  Hello nature…here we come!

Hike in Flueh Switzerland
Poppies in a Field

This photo was taken near Mariastein, Switzerland on the boarder with France.  A great place for casual hiking, Castle included… just out side of Basel.

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

The Road Taken

East of Porto, Portugal lays the Douro Valley and the Rua do Vinho, and many more meandering roads through a network of terraced vineyards which grow the world’s best port wines. The roads, which ever you choose, show captivating landscapes. Right now, the rains are nurturing the valley soon to bring the start of the 2017 season.

img_2480
This post is part of the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: The Road Taken