Season’s Greetings to you all from Zermatt. I wish you all a memorable and happy Christmas holiday with your friends and family. A little confession: I’m not actually in Zermatt but the image is of/from Zermatt – a slight distortion of the truth that I hope you’ll forgive. But – in five weeks my wife and I will be there physically. Roll on the end of January!
In the depths of winter with heavy falls of snow blanketing the Alps in the last week or two (in the nick of time for the ski season), this seems an entirely appropriate Christmas Card to send to all of you reading this Post, both to celebrate the forthcoming holiday and as a ‘Thank You’ for visiting my Photoblog.
The image is of a large work of art on metal attached to the end wall of a Bakery in Zermatt by the celebrated Zermatt Artist Paul Séchaud who died in 1982.
I believe the words ‘Carrefour’ and ‘Icke’ (respectively French and German) translate into Crossroad and Corner. And the building to which this painting is attached is on a corner where several roads intersect in the traffic-free village of Zermatt high in the Valais Alps of Switzerland.
On the same wall is a memorial plaque to the artist. – see left.
As I write this it is Dec 21 and my first post on this blog was almost exactly 3 months ago. How time flies. I started this blog wondering who, if anyone, would read my scribbles. I had two ‘names’ I had stumbled upon in the world of Blogs (I can’t remember how – but call it serendipity) but nothing more. It has been quite a surreal experience discovering myself propelled on an accelerating curve of interest driven by my posts, the mentions and re-tweets of others on Twitter, the recommendations of complete strangers and the way the Internet facilitates the interactions of the blogging community.
I have found a generosity of spirit amongst fellow Photobloggers from across the globe that I didn’t expect – but am humbled to receive – and a growing list of ‘followers’.
‘Thank You’ for visiting and reading this: whether you are a new visitor, or a ‘regular’. If this is your first time, then do re-visit.
If you are a ‘regular’, then my sincere thanks to you for your loyalty. I hope I will be able to reward that loyalty with a selection of images and stories across a broad canvas in 2012 that will continue to interest and hopefully inspire you.
Finally a special thanks to those of you who have commented, and used a variety of resources to promote interest in my Photoblog. I really do appreciate that. I always look forward to seeing your work. Each day, through the power of the Internet, I am able to discover a new virtual gallery of images to enjoy – it’s an inspiring experience. Long may it continue.
This is my last post before Christmas. I’ll be back on Thursday Dec 29 with ‘Lights, Camera, Action!’ a Post about some light-hearted and briliant Artwork in Chamonix. Don’t miss it.