Smokin’

_DS84525This is classic Matterhorn. Mist streaming off the edge of the Hornli Ridge with the East Face of the mountain to the left.

This is a mountain that changes its mood by the minute if not the hour. Today the mountain has been at times 90% clear, partly clouded, as above, and as I speak it no longer exists – the space occupied by the Matterhorn is blank as a rain cloud that has been threatening for the past hour or so has swept in, although down here in the village we remain dry.

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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'.
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18 Responses to Smokin’

  1. I love the shape of this mountain. I have a similar image which I shot after completing the Haute Route. What I much prefer about your image is the green in the grass which is very natural. Mine looked very false and I hated it. Thanks for sharing.

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    • LensScaper says:

      Many thanks for your comment. This is such an iconic mountain. I have been to Zermatt over twenty times stretching back over fifty years and I never tire of seeing this mountain on a daily basis on all its different moods. Greens are one of the hardest colours to get right, so I understand the problem. If you saw my blog of the Grand Combin a week or so ago you will realize I missed out on the last climb up over the Tete Blanche and down to the Schonbiel Hut on my version of the Haute Route.

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  2. Sue says:

    A most enigmatic mountain….

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  3. shoreacres says:

    This has the feel of a vintage linen postcard. The clouds and the velvetry green (which looks more like lichen than grass) add to the delightful softening. I could sit there for quite some time, watching the light play across the mountain, and through the clouds.

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    • LensScaper says:

      The light was very attractive, and I’ve been processing on a smallish laptop screen without my usual array of plugins. But…as I said, the mood is always changing up there and this was definitely one to catch.

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  4. YOWZA. That is all. 🙂

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  5. Chillbrook says:

    That shot brings back memories of my visit to Zermatt Andy! What a majestic mountain that is and a wonderful shot to match! 🙂

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  6. Len says:

    What an amazing mountain. I can see why you love going back there Andy.

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  7. A magnificent mountain, somewhere I hope to visit one day. Superb photograph.

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