On the occasion of today’s Swiss national holiday I once again like to publish a shot from a beautiful and iconic spot in Switzerland. This year I selected the Oeschinen Lake. It’s located close to Kandersteg in the Bernese Alps. The lake belongs to the UNESCO World Heritage Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch.
Today I’m adding another location that looks like from another country but is from Switzerland!Continue reading “The Dolomites? – No, Switzerland!”
As big travel is tricky these days, why not taking a closer look on what’s directly around us – or above us …? This red kit is circling since a while above my town. It’s a pretty impressive bird with its 1.50 m wing span and its really nice plumage in particular if the evening sun lightens it up.
Finally we are reaching the most dominant and also highest mountain of the Alps: The Mont Blanc (Dominance 2’812 km – Height 4’810 m). It is located in the French Alps and belongs to the so called Graian Alps. The shot above and the one below show the north-west side.Continue reading “The 10 most dominant Mountains of the Alps: #1 – Mont Blanc”
The Piz Bernina (Dominance 138 km – Height 4’049 m) is my favorite mountain and the second most dominant of the Alps. It is located in the canton Graubünden and from the top 10 dominant mountains of the Alps the most eastern. It is actually the only mountain of the eastern Alps reaching 4’000 m.Continue reading “The 10 most dominant Mountains of the Alps: #2 – Piz Bernina”
Now we are getting to the top 3 most dominant mountains of the Alps: The Barre des Écrins (Dominance 107 km – Height 4’102 m) is the third most dominant and from the top 10 the most southerly peak. It is located in France and belongs to the Dauphiné Alps.Continue reading “The 10 most dominant Mountains of the Alps: #3 – Barre des Écrins”
The Dufourspitze (Dominance 78 km – Height 4’634 m) in the canton Valais is the highest summit in Switzerland and belongs to the Monte-Rosa-Massif which is located along the Swiss-Italian border. (This is why the Dom is the highest mountain entirely on Swiss territory.)Continue reading “The 10 most dominant Mountains of the Alps: #4 – Dufourspitze”
Welcome back to my posts about the most dominant mountains of the Alps: The Finsteraarhorn (Dominance 52 km – Height 4’274 m) is the highest mountain of the Bernese Alps and one of my favorite mountains (next to the Piz Bernina which I will feature in a later post …). It looks like a shark fin and given its dominance one can see if from various sides.Continue reading “The 10 most dominant Mountains of the Alps: #5 – Finsteraarhorn”
The Gran Paradiso (Dominance 45 km – Height 4’061 m) is located in the Aosta Valley and belongs to the Graian Alps. It is the highest mountain that is entirely on Italian territory.Continue reading “The 10 most dominant Mountains of the Alps: #6 – Gran Paradiso”
Continuing my series about the most dominant mountains of the Alps: The Combin de Grafeneire (Dominance 26.5 km – Height 4’314 m) is a very special mountain looking like a crown. The plateau with various summits is covered by ice and snow all year. The 10 km long glacier coming down to the north is called Corbassière Glacier.Continue reading “The 10 most dominant Mountains of the Alps: #7 – Combin de Grafeneire”
The Dom (Dominance 17 km – Height 4’545 m) is the highest mountain that is completely located in Switzerland. It belongs to the so called Michabel-Group (canton Valais), the 2nd highest mountain range in Switzerland.Continue reading “The 10 most dominant Mountains of the Alps: #8 – Dom”
Welcome back to my posts on the most dominant mountains of the Alps. The Matterhon (Dominance 14 km – Height 4’478 m) is a truely dominant one and always looks a bit different when the perspective changes. While it ranks 9 by dominance it ranks 6 by height and for sure it ranks 1 by number of photos taken by tourists from all over the world …Continue reading “The 10 most dominant Mountains of the Alps: #9 – Matterhorn”
Over the last two years I realized a project to capture the ten most dominant mountains of the Alps. The map below shows were they are, ranging about 300 km from the Barre des Écrins in the south west to the Piz Bernina in north east.Continue reading “The 10 most dominant Mountains of the Alps: #10 – Aletschhorn”
Wishing all visitors of my blog and website Merry Christmas and a happy new year!
It’s quite a ride to get to Askja. 3 hours by car (real SUV with significant clearance required) and 40 min. walk through the caldera: Here and there a bit of snow and where it’s gone the ground is warm – so you know that you are on a vulcano. Once you reach the Viti crater what you see is breathtaking.Continue reading “Askja Vulcano – 2 Lakes in a Caldera”
Sure, one has to see them: The Puffins. And not just the plush versions one can buy in any gift shop in Iceland. The real ones. While from August to April they live on the sea, during breeding season they visit the cliffs of the nothern Atlantic Ocean as well as the Arctic Ocean.Continue reading “Puffins – funny Inhabitants of the Látrabjarg Cliff … and other Birds”
Iceland is full of waterfalls. Here is my top 20. Let’s go clockwise around the country, starting in the north with the Aldeyjarfoss which is located about 40 km from the ring-road no. 1 towards the highlands.
“Around midmorn on whitsun, June 8th of 1783, in clear and calm weather, a black haze of sand appeard to the north of the mountains nearest the farms of the Siða area. The cloud was so extensive that in a short time it had spread over the entire Siða area (…), and so thick that it caused darkness indoors and coated the earth so that tracks could be seen.”*Continue reading “Laki – The brutal Force of Nature”
Iceland’s southern highlands preserve a gem: the area around Landmannalaugar, the largest rhyolite area in Iceland. Surreal, unique and incredibly beautiful.Continue reading “Nature as Painter – Landmannalaugar’s colorful Mountains”
Regular visitors of my website know about my interest for Iceland. Today I’m sharing a few “shots from above” that perfectly fit the theme of my website: structures and shapes!Continue reading “Iceland from above”
Rarely there are no clounds at all at the Glacier Lagoon in Iceland. Below is a full 180 degree panoramic view composed of 5 landscpae shots showing on the very left the barrier of the lagoon towards the ocean, then the highest mountain in Iceland called Hvannadalshnúkur (2’110 m or 6’920 ft).Continue reading “Jökulsarlon Glacier Lagoon in Winter”
I have been a couple of times at the Diamond Beach in the south of Iceland. Every time the light, the weather and the scenery is different. The shot above was taken on a cloudy day with the sun peaking through a hole in the clouds allowing for a pretty mysic shot.Continue reading “Diamond Beach”
Now that my website is live for almost 3 years, 46 Posts published and around 300 photos shared I thought it’s time for a layout refresh. Aside form a more modern look, the new theme offers a few new features: The “Portfolio” button gets you right to the Portfolio overview and the side bars (for desktop and iPad) offer direct links to certain posts and topics. What I also like is that by scrolling down the Post page older posts will load without having to klick anywhere.Continue reading “New Website Layout 2019”
Peaceful reflects best the atmosphere on this clear January morning at the Vatnajökull Glacier Lagoon in Iceland when the sunrise turned the peak of Hvannadalshnúkur – the highst mountain in Iceland (2’110 m) – into pink!