Back from two weeks in the Swiss Alps and it’s time to start working my way through over 1,300 new image files, plus iPhone images. That’s going to take some time!
We were blessed with thirteen days of dry weather (unusual in the Alps), but there were a couple of occasions when it rained overnight. When you wake after overnight rain up high in the mountains, the world you look out on is likely to be swathed in cloud.
Don’t despair. Get the camera out, find a vantage point and be patient – and the clouds will start to lift and part. And if you are lucky you will observe The Great Reveal, as peak by peak the mountains shed their cloud coverings.
It is always a remarkable sight. These images were taken an hour apart, and the reason the sky is darker in one than the other is due to the direction of view. The second image was taken almost into the sun, the first at about ninety degrees away from the sun – note the cross on its summit.
I’ve lost count of the number of times I have been to the Alps, but all told it is well over thirty times, winter and summer. The mountains are now like old friends, well-loved and easily remembered. I still feel compelled to capture some of them yet again, but what I have tried to concentrate on this year are the finer details in wood, stone, rock and ice and as the next few weeks go by I will be posting images of what has captured my imagination.
And, of course, catching up with all those I follow – I’ve had a three-week break, which was welcome. It’s now exactly six years since I started this blog – I had no real idea what I was taking on or where it would lead. Click here to see that very first post.
Some of you have followed me for much of that time and we have got acquainted as members of this great community of photographers. I truly value our friendships. Starting this blog turned out to be one of the smartest things I have done. There have been 832 Posts, 2272 Images uploaded and now nearly 2,500 followers and subscribers. Those statistics are mind-boggling! Every day a new gallery of images lands on my desktop – a constant stream of inspiration and creativity. Every day I learn something new.
A very warm welcome to all who have started to follow me in recent weeks – I hope you enjoy what you see and it’s always good to receive your comments. And don’t forget that you can always click on an image to see a higher quality enlargement. It’s worth it.