Where there are mountains there are likely to be lakes – large or small. The Zermatt valley is a classic example, with a number of small lakes among the high mountains. Some are filled from glacial meltwater and are recently formed – the consequence of global warming and glacial retreat; others are simply in natural hollows that have probably been present for thousands of years. The Riffelsee, not far from the Gornergrat railway is an example of the latter. A pretty little lake in which, on a calm, day there is very often a reflection of the Matterhorn. Click here to view.
It is home to a lot of little fish, cotton grass and what I will call ‘water grass’. A more scientific term might be Reed. Found in clumps around the edge of the lake, the individual stems weave intricate patterns. The image above was shot two weeks ago, the one below in summer 2017.