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!”
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”
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”
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”
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”
Probably one of the most frequently photographed landscapes in Switzerland. The shot captures good 200 degrees and is composed of 8 shots in landscape format. Continue reading “200° – Panoramic Views in 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”
A good 40 minutes drive north-west from Locarno, close to the little village Foroglio, the river Calnegia falls good 100 meter down: first from an 80 meter cliff and then cascading further through steep rocks with lots of spray and bluster – pretty spectacular! Continue reading “Foroglio Waterfall”
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).Continue reading “Piz Bernina – Panoramic Views in Switzerland”
… 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.Continue reading ““Hi there!” …”
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.Continue reading “Swiss National Holiday”
Today I’d like to share two new shots featuring my theme “structures and shapes” particularly well. The fist picture was taken in the Beatus Cave in Switzerland, a flowstone cave located at the north side of lake Thun. The cave expands around 1’000 meters into mount Niederhorn. The shot is a 1/20 sec with f/4 and ISO 6’400.Continue reading “Magic Mirror”
Who would have thought! This beautiful lake, a moore lake called Étang de la Gruère, is located in the Canton of Jura in Switzerland at around 1’000 meters above sea level. These shots were taken on a bright and calm Sunday morning in June, nicely adding to my collection of Swiss lakes.Continue reading “Sweden? No, 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.
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.
White cherry blossom, yellow rape and blue sky in the Canton Basel-Landschaft in Switzerland. Springtime greetings!
The Giessen waterfall is located in the canton of Basel-Landschaft in Switzerland. This winter it froze.Continue reading “Icy Times”
Have you ever seen Black Ice? A rare phenomenon and a quite spooky experience! Black Ice – also called congelation ice – occurs when water freezes without many air bubbles encapsulated inside. Then the ice is extremely clear so that one can see the ground of a lake for example which is usually dark making the ice look black.Continue reading “Black Ice”
Fall: Calm water surrounded by golden pine and larch woods in the canton of Graubünden, SwitzerlandContinue reading “Fall – Golden Pine and Larch Woods”
On the occasion of today’s Swiss national holiday I’d like to publish a shot from a beautiful spot in Switzerland.Continue reading “Swiss National Holiday”