A Disconnect

It started raining – curtains of rain – yesterday evening, ruining the Swiss National Day evening celebrations and it has continued to rain for the majority of the time throughout today. Rain in the mountains (we are at 5,800ft) is associated with low-lying mist and cloud. The village appears to exist in an opaque-walled bubble, disconnected from its environment. The scenery can be only imperfectly imagined and positioned.

IMG_6461_edited-1There is little incentive to venture out. For those of us who know this area well, there is no point in re-visiting well known walks and viewing points and getting wet in the process.

IMG_6445_edited-1For those here for the first time, they must stare at the guidebooks and cards feeling cheated out of a holiday experience. We all feel short-changed on a day like this. The cafes and restaurants house visitors lingering beyond all reasonable time over coffees, beers and wines. The parasols on terraces either stay defiantly deployed, or hang limply from their poles.

IMG_6457_edited-1For brief periods the rain has eased, light levels have improved and the cloud base has lifted, revealing cloud-wreathed slopes and peaks.

IMG_6448_edited-1Desperate to escape the confines of hotel or café, we have ventured out to relieve the boredom, only to retreat when the rain re-groups. Even the pages of Donna Tartt’s ‘The Goldfinch’ fail to offer an adequate alternative. We can only hope that tomorrow will be different.

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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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10 Responses to A Disconnect

  1. Pete Buckley says:

    It rained a lot when I was in Saas Fee too. Good for those atmospheric shots though!

  2. oneowner says:

    At least it looks good in photographs. Better luck tomorrow, though.

  3. shoreacres says:

    We’re still so close to terrible drought that I look at rain like that and long to experience it. Of course it’s frustrating on holiday, and moreso for a photographer with equipment to guard and scenes to see! With luck, things will improve for you, but I, for one, am delighted with the photos.

    • LensScaper says:

      Another day and it’s still raining this morning (Sunday). Oh Dear. We need rain back home in the UK where it has been dry and hot (for us) for weeks, but the flip side of that is that the weather down here further south in the European Alps is getting the rubbish weather. Supposedly it will be better by mid-week. Fingers and toes crossed. Glad you are still enjoying the bad weather photos, Linda.

  4. poppytump says:

    Oh 😦 those terraces do look rather sad .
    On another note .. The Goldfinch ? I nearly picked it up the other day … sounds like maybe I should .

    • LensScaper says:

      I’ve got about 100pages through The Goldfinch, very wordy and I am not quite ‘into it’ as I was with ‘The Secret History’, but I’m not giving up.

  5. Len says:

    We as photographers know we are going to experience the rain at some point. That is why we are so appreciative when the skies clear. Love the textures and sheen on those bricks Andy.

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