Swiss National Holiday

Oeschinen See, Schweiz
Oeschinen Lake, Switzerland

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.

The 10 most dominant Mountains of the Alps: #4 – Dufourspitze

Monte Rosa with Dufourspitze, Valais, Switzerland

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.)

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The 10 most dominant Mountains of the Alps: #5 – Finsteraarhorn

Finsteraarhorn, View from Risihorn, Bernese Alps, Switzerland

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.

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The 10 most dominant Mountains of the Alps: #7 – Combin de Grafeneire

Combin de Grafeneire, Grand Combin, View from Mont Fort, Valais, Switzerland

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.

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The 10 most dominant Mountains of the Alps: #9 – Matterhorn

Matterhorn and Riffel-Lake, Valais, Switzerland

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 …

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The 10 most dominant Mountains of the Alps: #10 – Aletschhorn

Aletschhorn and Grosser Aletsch Glacier, Bernese Alps, Switzerland

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.

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23 km of Ice – Panoramic Views in Switzerland

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Great Aletsch Glacier, Bernese Alps, Switzerland

Indeed, for this glacier one needs a panoramic format: This one combines seven shots!The Great Aletsch Glacier is the biggest glacier of the Alps: 23 km long and 900 m think. It surrounds the 4’193 m high Aletschorn. Unfortunately like most glaciers in the world it’s a fading … melting … beauty. Continue reading “23 km of Ice – Panoramic Views in Switzerland”

Bernese Alps – Panoramic Views in Switzerland

Panoramic Views in Switzerland
Wetterhorn, Schreckhorn and Eiger – Grindelwald, Switzerland

This is the 4th addition to my little series on panoramic views in Switzerland. On the left the Wetterhorn (3’692m), further to the right the Schreckhorn (4’078m) and on the very right the Eiger (3’967m). Down in the valley of the Bernese Alps: Grindelwald. Continue reading “Bernese Alps – Panoramic Views in Switzerland”

Piz Bernina – Panoramic Views in Switzerland

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Mountain Range with Piz Bernina in the Upper Engadine, Kanton Graubünden, Switzerland

Today I’d like to extend my little series about “Panoramic Views in Switzerland” with this shot from a region called Upper Engadine in the Canton Graubünden. On the very left one can see Piz Palü (3’901 m) with its characteristic three peaks, in the middle Piz Bernina with its famous Biancograt (4’049 m, the highest mountain of the eastern Alps) and on the right Piz Roseg 3’937 m).

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“Hi there!” …

Étang de la Gruère, Switzerland
Red Damselfly

… seems this young red damselfly calling out to the photographer.

Damselflies are a great motif for photographers and “structures and shapes created by nature” at its best. But as they are pretty shy and fast moving they are diffucult to catch. So patience and a lot of time is needed to get a couple of good shots. These ones I found at the Étang de la Gruère, a moore lake in the Swiss canton Jura.

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Swiss National Holiday

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Niesen, Switzerland

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 pyramid-shaped mountain, called “Niesen” ist definitely one of them. Famous painters such as Paul Klee and Alfred Hodler were inspired by this mountain which is located close to lake Thun in the Bernese Alps.

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Two Panoramic Views in Switzerland

In the heart of Europe one can find a quite significant accumulation of “structures and shapes”: The Alps. Today I’d like to share the outcome of two projects related to panoramic shots capturing this part of the World.

Each of the following pictures is composed of 10 shots in portait format and merged into one photo using Adobe Lightroom. For the first set I used a Canon EF 24-70 mm f/4L IS USM at 32 mm, 1/400 sec. and f/6.3 with ISO 100.  For the second set I used the same lens at 53 mm, 1/500 sec. and f/5.6 with ISO 100. I did not use a tripod. The size of the raw files are 1 and 1.5 GB. I’m showing reduced versions of 32 and 35 MB.

Below the view from a mountain called Niesen (2’362 m above mean sea level) located in the Swiss region “Berner Oberland”. The panoramic view captures an angle of approx. 230 degree and features the Bernese Alps from the north. From left to right: Thun, Lake Thun, Interlaken with Lake Brienz in the back followed by the famous mountains Eiger (“North Face”), Mönch and Jungfrau.

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Panoramic View from Niesen

The next photo is the view from the Monte Generoso (1’701 m above mean sea level) located in the Swiss Canton Ticino. Here the Alps are shown from the south side. This panorama has an angle of approx. 270 degree. From left to right: In the front Lake Lugano, in the back Monte Rosa and the north end of Lake Maggiore, famous mountains Jungfrau, Mönch, Eiger, followed by the Finsterarhorn, Lugano, in the very front Monte Generoso peak, northeast end of Lake Lugano, Eastern Swiss Alps with Piz Bernina unfortunately in the clouds, Monte Legnone, north end of Lake Como, Monte Grigna Settentrionale.

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Panoramic View from Monte Generoso