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2019-02-14  THE MEMORABLE MONUMENT

By |2019-02-14T07:46:43+01:00February 14th, 2019|Switzerland|

I was so impressed with the monument that I post the comment of Mark Twain, which says it all:

Around about are green trees and grass. The place is a sheltered, reposeful woodland nook, remote from noise and stir and confusion—and all this is fitting, for lions do die in such places, and not on granite pedestals in public squares fenced with fancy iron railings. The Lion of Lucerne would be impressive anywhere, but nowhere so impressive as where he is.

— Mark Twain, A Tramp Abroad, 1880
 
 

Post processed with: Aurora 2019, Photoshop 2019

  • Camera: ILCE-7R
  • Aperture: ƒ/2.2
  • Shutter speed: 1/2500s
  • Focal length: 135mm
  • ISO: 100

2019-02-03   MOUNTAIN SUMMITS IN SWITZERLAND

By |2019-02-02T22:17:30+01:00February 3rd, 2019|Switzerland|

The picture shows the view from the Pilatus to the neighbor mountains. It was a memorable experience. We went uphill with the red rack railway, were exploring the summit with the dozens of hiking trails -and steps. There is an excellent restaurant with some original Swiss food. My wife Karin had even the luck to find an edelweiss. The magnificent view in all cardinal directions complements the excursion before you drive down with the red rack railway, what’s in itself is a little adventure.

 

Post processed with: Aurora 2019, Photoshop 2019

  • Camera: ILCE-7R
  • Aperture: ƒ/5
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s
  • Focal length: 135mm
  • ISO: 100

2018-12-13   VALLEY IN THE CANTON TICINO

By |2018-12-11T22:45:49+01:00December 13th, 2018|Switzerland|

My wife and I stayed a few days a the Lago Maggiore. One afternoon we took a trip to the backland of the Ticino. We arrived at a dam, where I shot that photo. I tried to catch the depth and height of this monument. I leaned a bit forward, but was completely safe, standing with both feet on the ground. 🙂 

 

Post processed with: Photoshop 2019

  • Camera: ILCE-7R
  • Aperture: ƒ/10
  • Shutter speed: 1/80s
  • Focal length: 24mm
  • ISO: 125

2017-12-28   MUSICIANS IN ST. GALLEN

By |2017-12-27T16:08:21+01:00December 28th, 2017|Switzerland|

Walking through the alleys, from building to building, from sight to sight, we came to the enjoyment to watch and hear an improvised concert from two musicians after entering a church in St. Gallen. I think those were students who practiced for an exam or was it the pure joy of music? Anyway, we took place and listened. Since the concert was free of charge, we added an extra to the general donation when we were going out of the church.

Post processed with: Aurora, Photoshop

  • Camera: ILCE-7R
  • Aperture: ƒ/5
  • Shutter speed: 1/60s
  • Focal length: 62mm
  • ISO: 3200

2017-11-24  TOP OF THE ALPS NEAR LUCERNE

By |2017-11-23T20:02:16+01:00November 24th, 2017|Switzerland|

After climbing up the Pilatus (or using the cable car  🙂 ), you have to overcome this last rock. Then you are at the peak. Overlooking a magnificent panorama and valley with Lake Lucerne. As looking down to a rock plateau, I saw two alphorn blowers. The deep sound fits perfectly into the massif. Great Switzerland!

Post processed with: Aurora, Luminar, Photoshop 

  • Camera: ILCE-7R
  • Aperture: ƒ/7.1
  • Shutter speed: 1/320s
  • Focal length: 55mm
  • ISO: 100

2017-08-07  SWISS ROCKS

By |2017-08-06T09:37:37+01:00August 7th, 2017|Switzerland|

“Hard as a rock” – this AC/DC song is a synonym for that photo. During a tour through Ticino, I saw that crystal clear river which flows in that couloir. I tried to find an opportunity to place my feet into that water for refreshment, but due to the steep, wet rocks, it was too dangerous. I stayed with shooting some photos from a little bridge, where I could place my tripod accordingly.

Post processed with: Photoshop

  • Camera: NEX-5N
  • Aperture: ƒ/10
  • Shutter speed: 1/320s
  • Focal length: 165mm
  • ISO: 640

2017-07-30  ASCONA AT LAKE MAGGIORE

By |2017-07-30T12:13:18+01:00July 30th, 2017|Switzerland|

Ascona lies at the Lake Maggiore in Ticino, the southmost canton of Switzerland. The vegetation is a mixture of alpine woods and bushes and Mediterranean plants. The southern part of the lake already belongs to Italy. The water is very clean, and in the middle of the lake, there is an island with a neat botanical garden.

Post processed with: Aurora, Photoshop

  • Camera: ILCE-7R
  • Aperture: ƒ/4.5
  • Shutter speed: 1/1000s
  • Focal length: 59mm
  • ISO: 125

2017-05-23  PLAYING MUSIC IN A CHURCH

By |2017-05-22T22:27:45+01:00May 23rd, 2017|Switzerland|

When entering this church in St. Gallen I was surprised that it was empty and only two music students were at the altar, a woman playing a cello, a man playing the clarinet. My wife was sitting down in the front rows to listen, and I went back to take a photo of this scene. Another memory of Switzerland which I had in my pocket, beside chocolate and cheese. 🙂

Post processed with: Aurora, Photoshop

  • Camera: ILCE-7R
  • Aperture: ƒ/5
  • Shutter speed: 1/125s
  • Focal length: 30mm
  • ISO: 3200

2017-05-13  RIVER IN TICINO WITH OVERSIZED GRAVEL

By |2017-05-10T20:41:00+01:00May 13th, 2017|Switzerland|

This River in Ticino, Switzerland, was a refreshing experience. The water was cold, there were even warning signs, that this cold water could harm your health if you have problems with your bloodstream. I waded through the river, water only until knee height, my lower feet got numb immediately. 🙂 The stones which were spread all over the river looked like oversized gravel stones. 🙂

Post processed with: Aurora, Photoshop

  • Camera: ILCE-7R
  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Shutter speed: 1/80s
  • Focal length: 13mm
  • ISO: 125

2017-04-06  BRIDGE IN TICINO

By |2017-04-02T08:25:08+01:00April 6th, 2017|Switzerland|

Ticino is the southernmost canton of Switzerland. We stayed in Ascona at Lake Maggiore and occasionally took a ride in the interior of the country. At a trip to the Verzasca Dam, we spied that little bridge made of stone. The mountain brook below was so clear and crisp, that I tried the Kneipp water treading at a shallow bank. How brisk and freshening !!  🙂

Post processed with: Aurora, Photoshop

  • Camera: ILCE-7R
  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Shutter speed: 1/100s
  • Focal length: 59mm
  • ISO: 125

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