One of the great views

_DS85185The phenomenal weather continues, said by locals to be the best weather this summer. We are so fortunate. Today we strolled to one of our favourite locations – Fluhalp (or as the English often write it – ‘Flualp’. It was too hot to do too much hard work.

Fluhalp is a place with a wonderful high hut that commands a magnificent panoramic view – where we partook of some wine and Apfelstrudel. But along the way we passed the lake called Stellisee and that just adds another dimension to an already classic view. There is no one right view across this lake and so I captured quite a few and there were a considerable number of other people with the same intention. But it is actually remarkably quiet out here – schools in Germany and Switzerland have already re-started, and the Mountain Restaurants, Cable Cars, and Paths are much quieter than we have experienced previously when we have come earlier in the summer. And that is all good news. The peace and quietness that we are privileged to find in the mountains is something very special.

I have a host of images to work through when we return home, meanwhile other images are being uploaded to my Instagram feed where I am known as ‘andyhooker’. Do take a look and follow if you are interested.


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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18 Responses to One of the great views

  1. Sue says:

    Oh, I love this – serene, calm, beautiful. I miss my walks….

  2. Chillbrook says:

    Magnificent Andy! I’m so glad the weather has turned out so nicely for you and that you’re enjoying peace in the mountains. 🙂

    • LensScaper says:

      We have been to the Alps so many times, at least twenty times to Zermatt and never had weather so good as this time. There has been one damp day when Sky Runners were running absurd distances around the valley – and I am sure they relished the cooler conditions. Otherwise every day has been sunny and for the last seven days barely a cloud to be seen. Quite extraordinary in our experience and such a pleasure. But it’s hot for walking! Too hot at times.

  3. Really beautiful, love it 👏👌

  4. shoreacres says:

    I can’t partake of the Instagram bounty, having neither an account nor a smart phone, but that hardly matters: this view is so lovely, I could look at it for some time. It’s just beautiful. I’m glad you’re having weather that allows views like this.

    And I smiled at your mention of schools being in session again, and so on. Living as I do in a tourist area, I’m always eager for things to quiet down so I can go down to Galveston and the coast again. There’s no pleasure in dealing with hoards of people — especially since it can involve ferry waits of a couple of hours.

    • LensScaper says:

      Views like this take a while to sink in – they promote laziness, almost. You want to sit and make sure they are stored in the minutest of detail for remembrance. People are naturally quiet in these high environments, but it has been a pleasure to find an absence of queues for lifts and tables waiting at high huts.

  5. seekraz says:

    I do love the quiet that we find in such places….. Beautiful image, Andy.

    • LensScaper says:

      You can hear a pin drop, Scott. The quietness is total, and wonderful.

      • seekraz says:

        I was out in the mountain forest again this past weekend, Andy…and it had rained the night before my hike, so it was especially quiet…strangely muted…and yes, wonderful!

        • LensScaper says:

          The quietness can sometimes be almost over-powering. Perhaps, because we are so attuned to noise pervading everywhere and everything that the absence of noise comes as rather a surprise. But it is a joy to look down so far onto where one started from.

  6. That is a superb photo and a stunning view – well done Andy 🙂

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks SP. we have had a superb fortnight of sensational weather – the last week has been cloud free and hot. So unusual in our experience and still no sign of a breakdown in the weather, which can come with a rather dramatic thunderstorm.

  7. Dina says:

    Aaaah, prime whether for the mountains. Very uplifting indeed. And a great view up here!

    • LensScaper says:

      An easier walk to this point in the Zermatt valley. A really classic view photographed perhaps hundreds of times a day in summer, but a view that one always wants to capture for oneself, the sheer beauty of it.

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