Category Archives: Swiss Alps – Summer

High Up and Close Up

I posted an image of the highest point reached on our recent holiday in Zermatt about a month ago (click here to view). It shows the rocky pyramid of the Mettelhorn The headline image today looks down from the top of the … Continue reading

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Wool

High above Zermatt you may come across small herds of goats or sheep. The goats vary in type, the sheep are always Valais Blacknose or Blackface sheep. They look very cute in the photographs on the web, where they are … Continue reading

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Matterhorn Golf

Zermatt has a golf course, strange though that may sound. It is actually 5kms down the valley between Tasch and Randa where the valley floor is very flat. This image is a bird’s-eye view down onto it from the climb … Continue reading

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I remember when…

“I like to come and sit here, on this bench, every now and then. The river Visp is only a few metres away and I find the sound of the water very calming. And it shuts out all the other … Continue reading

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Lines in the Snow

Surveying the view from 10,700ft up, at the Matterhorn Hut, I looked down on the Furgg Glacier – or what remains of it. Glaciers in the Alps are in retreat, quite dramatically in places, as clear evidence of climate change. … Continue reading

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Drama or Picture perfect?

The Matterhorn is the mountain that draws people to Zermatt. That has always been the case and will forever be the case. And every one who comes to Zermatt wants to see the perfect picture – the chocolate box shot, … Continue reading

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Cafe Balcony

There are some features of Zermatt that I photograph every time I visit, and this is one of them. This is part of the frontage of the Heinz Julen designed Backstage Boutique Hotel in the centre of Zermatt. In the … Continue reading

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The highest point

Heading towards the highest point reachable by able-bodied ‘hikers’, with a good head for heights, in the Zermatt area. This is the final rock pyramid of the Mettelhorn at 11,180ft. A group of fellow hikers just a few minutes ahead, … Continue reading

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One of the great views

The 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 … Continue reading

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Showing the way

Piles of stones – cairns – have acted as waymarks for centuries and wherever I travel in the mountains in barren environments where paths are not easily discernible, cairns of one sort or another mark the way. They become balancing … Continue reading

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