Matterhorn Moods

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.

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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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21 Responses to Matterhorn Moods

  1. Super! Keep ’em coming Andy.

  2. absolutely dramatic! more please…

  3. Len says:

    I am pretty sure that you could spend your whole life looking at that majestic mountain and never get tired of it, Andy.

    • LensScaper says:

      Many thanks Len. Absolutely, I could. I play a game sometimes when the clouds are down and I can’t see the summit: where exactly in the sky would the summit appear? And when the clouds clear I will always have picked a lower marker point. This peak just soars into the sky to improbable heights.

  4. Great shot – I love the way the clouds have banked up against one side, like the mountain has stopped them in their tracks.

  5. oneowner says:

    Must be a fantastic feeling waking up to this. Great shot.

  6. rigmover says:

    Great shot Andy, B&W makes it look even more rugged.

  7. Terrific shot, Andy. This really captures a great mood. This seems to be a second home (of sorts) for you. 😉 Well done!

  8. I agree this is beautiful in B&W. It just conveys such a mysterious mood while being serene at the same time. Wonderful image Andy.

  9. seekraz says:

    Truly beautiful, Andy…wonderful in black and white, too….

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