Faltschen, Kandertal, Switzerland

Dense, grey fog on the lakes in the Bernese Oberland means that it’s best to head for the surrounding hills and mountains to get above the cloud and into the sunshine. We took a drive up a road we’d never used before – an unrestricted, toll-free one for a change – and ended up high above the entrance to the…

Faltschen, Kandertal, Switzerland
Evening light on the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau

The luck and beauty of life

We are ever grateful for the opportunity to live in such a beautiful country. For the luck which means that we are of sufficient means to decide, based on a weather forecast, to drive for fifteen minutes and ascend in a rattling funicular cabin to a place which feels like the top of the world. All to watch a sunset and…

The luck and beauty of life

Above the clouds for lunch

I’ve never been one for sitting around at lunchtime. Give me time to do nothing, either during the day or in the evening, and I’ll end up dozing off. I like to use the midday hour for something productive; whether spending time with team colleagues, working on personal projects, catching up on email, walking the streets for fitness, going shopping, or…

Above the clouds for lunch

Waldeggallmi, Switzerland

Ever on the search for “perfect” viewpoints in the Bernese Oberland, I sometimes end up driving up tiny roads in the hope that they’ll lead me to a new photograph. A (luckily tarmaced) single-track road, for which you have to buy an inexpensive day permit at the shop in Waldegg from a machine by the roadside near the Hohwald ski…

Waldeggallmi, Switzerland

Brienz, Switzerland

Going through my photo archives, I sometimes come across images from long ago which I’d forgotten about. This view of the lake next to the office where I used to work dates back to December 2006.

Brienz, Switzerland

Bamford Edge, Derbyshire

I visited the English Peak District for the first time this autumn and was much impressed. After many years of visiting the dramatic Lake District, a little further north, I’d been worried that the landscape would be tame in comparison, with gentle hills instead of dramatic mountains. What I found was a different landscape for sure, but one which is…

Bamford Edge, Derbyshire

Latrigg viewpoint, Keswick

I follow a couple of photographers and film-makers who post images and sequences from the English Lake District to their social media channels. Jason Chambers’ landscape photos are terrific and make me want to visit the region even more often, while Terry Abraham’s films go a stage further by adding sequences and interviews which go beyond the static beauty of a good…

Latrigg viewpoint, Keswick

Breithorn, Zermatt

The valley at Zermatt is surrounded by nearly three dozen peaks with summits higher than 4,000 metres above sea level. The Breithorn is well-known as the “easiest” to ascend: although easiness is, of course, a matter of reference. The number of tiny, ant-like climbers on the slopes leading from the Breithorn Plateau was quite amazing, when Jo and I visited the…

Breithorn, Zermatt

Kiental, Switzerland

Kiental is known both locally in the Bernese Oberland and further afield as a destination from which to start hiking into the high mountains around the Blüemlisalp. It’s also a popular destination for locals to go skiing and sledging in winter, well away from the more heavily-visited destinations in the region.

Kiental, Switzerland

Oeschinensee, Switzerland

One of the more spectacular mountain lakes in the Bernese Oberland of Switzerland is at Oeschinensee, in a hanging valley easily reached by cable car from the town of Kandersteg. If you’re feeling lazy, then the walk to the lakeside restaurant is a fairly easy one. If you’re more adventurous, then there are a network of paths leading up into the higher…

Oeschinensee, Switzerland