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Permanent Tourist

A personal website by Mark Howells-Mead

Schilthornhütte, Switzerland

A small mountain cabin overlooking the Bluemental valley serves as a restaurant for hikers in the summer and for skiiers in winter. Between seasons, when the restaurant is closed, the spot is a blissfully peaceful point on the mountain, to which only determined walkers come. The Birg mountain station overlooks the scene, and on a… (Read More)

The view that isn’t quite there

Somewhere in the hills which push up the wall of rock on the western end of the Bernese Alps, there is a view. A view of rolling hills, green trees, little farm buildings and forested land. Beyond them, the sparkling turquoise-blue water of the Thunersee, with the impossibly white, impossibly high range of mountains which… (Read More)

A year with a drone in Switzerland

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By Christian Cueni.

Heaven is this

Niederhorn, Switzerland

Sitting, cross-legged, a couple of arms’ length from the edge of a two-and-a-half-thousand foot drop to the valley floor, watching clouds drift across the lake into the distance.

Stunning

Wyssebach Falls, Susten, Switzerland

There’s a trend these days for people to use the word “stunning”: from tabloid newspapers to t.v. presenters. And their use of the word so often makes everyone else use it. A view of the sea: “stunning”. A fashionable dress: “stunning”. A film star looking average on a red carpet somewhere: “stunning”. I think that use of the… (Read More)

The best little tripod

It’s not all about the size.

Gwatt lake shore, Thun

The shore of Lake Thun at Gwatt is a great place to photograph the sunrise and the sunset.

Eternal search for the perfect angle

Searching for viewpoints, poring over maps, dodging power lines, and coming home with classic landscape images.

Romont from the Route de Bossens

Better lighting conditions can make a good landscape photograph great. Being in the right place at the right time is a skill which you can learn.

Changeable Sunday

Views from home across the lake to the Niederhorn on a winter Sunday.