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A personal website by Mark Howells-Mead

A day above the clouds

This was the shot of the day for our trip to the small, local alpine ski resort of Melchsee Frutt in canton Obwalden last weekend. I was really pleased with most of the shots I got – including of Jo, of a random alphorn player, and of the vast panorama looking towards Titlis – but my favourite of all is this one, photographed from the road between Melchsee Frutt and the valley floor at Stöckalp. As I wrote earlier in the week, the single track road is only open in one direction at a time and so after dinner at the Posthuis hotel in the village, we waited for ten minutes at the top of the road until the traffic light let the last of the weekend visitors drive back down to the valley. As you can see, the low cloud – called “Nebelmeer” (or “sea of cloud”) – pervaded into the evening and so the road a quarter of a mile further down the mountain was enveloped in cloud. I stopped at a suitable vantage point and waited for the other cars to head into the fog, so that I could get this shot, devoid of any other visible life.