The view from Stelisee

Our time in Zermatt is at an end. The last walk is completed and the last image taken.

We visited the high Findeln valley today. One of my favourite destinations in this magical valley. The weather was part sunny with scudding benign clouds. There was a chilly maddening breeze that made wild flower photography difficult as gentians and other small flowers in this flower-strewn valley vibrated in the wind. But there was only one image I really had in mind.

On the way to the Fluhalp Hut there is a little lake – Stelisee. And that little lake forms the foreground to one of the most iconic images for photographers to take in the Zermatt valley.

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You can never escape the dominant presence of the Matterhorn. It soars into the sky, improbably and without competition.

And late this afternoon as the clouds grew, the mountain ‘smoked’. A plume of cloud spewed off the East Face of the mountain. The grand old mountain is smoking his pipe.

So it’s farewell from Zermatt. I hope you’ve enjoyed the images I have been posting over the last nine days. Tomorrow we travel home and I will post from back in the UK in a few days time. Thanks for following me and for your comments. They are always welcome and much appreciated.

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About LensScaper

Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'. I'm not averse to manipulating images to produce derivatives that may sometimes be far removed from the original.
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18 Responses to The view from Stelisee

  1. I think that’s the first image I’ve seen of cloud on the Matterhorn – it seems to add a sudden ‘punch’ of drama to a classic shot!

    I guess that most photographers concentrate on getting the classic ‘clean’ shot and ignore the possibilities that sometimes occur – nice one, Andy.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Paul. The Matterhorn is a moody mountain and a cloud magnet. More often than not there’s a cloud nearby. And some of the most memorable shots are when the cloud streams off the East Face. Quite what, metereologically, creates that phenomenon I don’t really know.

  2. oneowner says:

    What a great day to cap off your trip. The images are amazing. Have a safe trip home.

  3. What an amazing view Andy. Wow, you did a great job of capturing it.

  4. ehpem says:

    Great photographs, that bottom one really is a classic.

  5. Len says:

    I can see why you revisit this wonderful place on earth Andy. Spectacular scenery everywhere you look.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Len. If you ever plan another trip to Switzerland, make sure you set aside at least two or three days to visit this area – you will not be disappointed.

  6. hdrexposed says:

    This belongs hanging on a wall man. Stunning work!

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Dave! On a day like we had up there, it’s actually hard not to get a good photo – it stares you in the face. This year the lime green pondweed in the foreground added a little ‘extra’ something.

  7. rigmover says:

    Awesome, enjoyed all the posts and pictures. Thanks.

  8. Pete Buckley says:

    Awesome trip Andy – I’ve enjoyed reading about it. That valley must be one of the most spectacular in Europe.

  9. munchow says:

    What a spectacular end to your trip. Matterhorn is really a mountain one cannot escape. I like both of these pictures. The first for setting Matterhorn in relation to the rest of the landscape and the second for all the fine details of the close-up. The smoking mountains just adds a level of interest to the pictures. Great work – again.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thank you Otto. When the Matterhorn smokes it always creates an interesting image. When the mountain is concealed by cloud and suddenly the cloud clears and the summit becomes visible it is still a surprise to see how high it is in the sky although I have seen it hundreds of time. It is an extraordinary peak.

  10. Fergiemoto says:

    I’m fascinated by the appearance of smoke coming out of the side of the mountain. You caught the clouds just in time. Great photos!

  11. thierryjan says:

    Magnifique … Grand spectacle ! Superbe rendu …

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