A Place to Pause


Strahlhorn (centre left), Rimpfischhorn and Allalinhorn far right

Mountain walking is not always about the objective; there are days when one just wants to walk and soak up the landscape, listen to the quietness, and be at peace.

Takehide Kazami – Japanese author, climber, and photographer wrote way back in 1960: ‘you don’t have to climb a mountain to experience the beauty of the country. There is something indescribably delightful in just wandering around the countryside with a small party, the great mountains towering above you’. He was actually writing about Nepal, but what he says is equally true of any high mountain area.

This viewpoint is close to the Britannia Hut in the Swiss Alps, a place I have walked to on many occasions – alone, with other climbers, and with my wife and children. And I’ve sat on this exact spot too, more than once. A colour version of this image appeared in a previous post ‘The Britannia Hut’. Very recently thumbing through the archives I thought it would make a good B&W image.


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 A Place to Pause

  1. Chillbrook says:

    It certainly makes a good black and white image Andy! I like the quote very much. Particularly apt for me as I can’t go hiking up the steeper paths. I’ll stay back, finding my shot and my friend will go chasing up the track, come back and show me what I missed and more often than not, I didn’t miss anything. The better shot was from the easier path.

    • LensScaper says:

      When we go at a slower pace we take more notice of our surroundings. And as I have said before there is a lot of benefit of being on one’s own and not subject to the pace or objectives of anyone else. Thanks for your comment, Adrian

  2. Great black and white image.

  3. Sue says:

    A wonderful conversion to monochrome, Andy

  4. Emma14 says:

    The contrast is great, and really brings out the silhouettes. The photo is so peaceful feeling and yet vast at the same time. I like it!
    Have a good one!

    • LensScaper says:

      Many thanks Emma. That’s the joy of being up high – the vistas are vast and there is not a sound to be heard. A place for quiet contemplation.

  5. Pete Buckley says:

    Have been there too but sadly saw only mist and sleet before sheltering in a cave! Love the picture – has the feel of the early era of alpinism…

    • LensScaper says:

      I too have been there too in thick mist and not seen a thing! B&W really does evoke the past – I suspect you like me grew up with the black and white images of the Alps and that is still how I like to see them – they have a more raw feel to them – and they feel timeless.

  6. What a great photo Andy…just taking it easy and admiring the view…perfect!

  7. seekraz says:

    A well-deserved rest in an incredibly beautiful place. Nicely captured, Andy.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks so much Scott. I’m sure you will have had many such experiences in the vastness of the landscapes near you

      • seekraz says:

        You’re welcome, Andy….and I don’t know that the vistas in my future will be as grand as these, but I will certainly be out there participating in whatever landscapes I can. 🙂

  8. shoreacres says:

    This may be my favorite of your mountain photos to date. I like the combination of elements: the smooth rock in the foreground, the curves inherent in the valley, the angularity of the peaks, and of course those wispy little clouds.

    What’s especially interesting to me is that the landscape doesn’t at all seem to overwhelm the hikers. Sometimes, the sheer massiveness of the mountains makes people appear to be small, and interlopers. But these fellows fit: perfectly at home.

    • LensScaper says:

      It’s such a pleasure to hear your comments, Linda, because you always provide a new insight into an image. This was a very spontaneous image. I was shooting the view with the seated hiker on the left and the man on the right came into view. I think he stopped, trying not to intrude into the shot, not realizing he was already in the frame. I tend not to like figures in landscapes – they are often a distraction. But up high they very often serve a particular purpose. In this case they were there as observers like me of the beauty of this place.

  9. Len says:

    This is a stunning photo Andy. The ruggedness of the mountain with the human element is perfect.

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