While thinking about today’s image I have worked out that I have spent somewhere between 200-250 days in Zermatt over the past 50 years. And all those days involve a wake-up and a trip to a window in a hotel or an apartment to look out at the Matterhorn that is the dominant feature of the Zermatt skyline. I’ve seen it in every possible condition, and sometimes not at all when the clouds are down.
No two days are the same. The Matterhorn has moods. It’s a cloud magnet and when clouds wreath its steep slopes it can be mysterious, angry or just extraordinarily beautiful. And nothing conveys mood so powerfully as a good old-fashioned Black and White image.
This image was taken late in the afternoon in 2011 after a dusting of a new snow on the peak. Click the image to view an enlargement.