Memories of Thirlmere

An old haunt, which I first visited in very similar conditions in the mid 1990s. This weather and this landscape were where I first began trying to take “proper” landscape photos using a Mamiya C330 on loan from a friend and mentor. I used to drive around the English Lake District fairly aimlessly, looking for views and sitting…

Memories of Thirlmere

Ballenberg in autumn

Jo and I took a stroll around the Ballenberg open air museum on her birthday weekend a couple of weeks ago. The museum and its buildings are officially open to the public between April and October, but the site, its paths and woodlands are left accessible after the business closes up for the winter. It’s a lovely, quiet and ridiculously picturesque…

Ballenberg in autumn

And so it begins

Just as summer arrived in the Bernese Oberland late this year, so the first snow fall has arrived early. But that’s OK: the sun is shining and it looks beautiful.

And so it begins

Never-ending story

The view across the river and weir at Schwellenmätteli in Bern is wonderful on a late summer evening, and will be vastly improved from a photographic perfectionist’s point of view once the restoration work on the minster is complete. If I understand this article on Swiss newspaper website Der Bund correctly, there has been scaffolding on the building, astoundingly, since…

Never-ending story

A little effort is worth it

Never having been a great one for sport and exercise, and having given up long walks around golf courses when I moved to Switzerland, my legs aren’t up to the challenge of big mountain walks. My knees are a bit of a weak point, and a long walk in the mountains often ends in a reasonable amount of pain; in…

A little effort is worth it

Twalender 2014

Here in Switzerland, a few active photographic members of social media website Twitter have decided to pool their resources and initiate a calendar of Swiss photos for 2014, featuring photos from a Flickr group entitled “Twalender 2014”. (Kalender being the German translation of calendar.) Flickr members can add up to five of their photos to the group, which will…

Twalender 2014

Aareinseli

The “Aareinseli” is a small, privately-owned island in the middle of the river Aare, just upstream of the Swiss town of Solothurn. The owners, who run a smallholding on the island, open the island to paying guests between May and September and offer an idyllic setting for social events: from a basic drinks reception to barbecues and overnight camping.

Aareinseli

Faulensee

I thought that it’s about time that I write a little bit about the village where we live, given that we moved a year a half ago and I’ve since had the chance to (intermittently) extend my collection of photos. Faulensee is a small village tucked into the curve of the lake shore between Interlaken and…

Faulensee

Over the sky to Skye

…and Mull, and Glencoe, and Cromarty… I’m exceptionally looking forward to flying to Scotland soon, for a holiday during which Jo and I will get to see the west coast of Scotland and the “Western Isles” again. It’s been getting on for three years since we were last on the west coast, and a full eight years since we…

Over the sky to Skye

Through the mists of time

The older I get, the more I come to recognize the way in which my photographs aid my memory. This is borne out by the way in which I can scroll back through my Lightroom catalogue of digital photos – currently topping 61,000 entries on two external hard drives, with more to be added from DVD backups – and be…

Through the mists of time

Such a backlog

A shot from a late autumn drive through the Jura mountains on the way home from Basel; one of many, many photos in a backlogged queue of shots I'd like to share.

Such a backlog

Glorious Corners

I adore the way that the road curves around the boulder, how a single tree grows from the top of this boulder, how the road is cambered to lean cars into the centre of the bend, how there’s a small parking place next to a well in the middle of the hairpin, and how there are small steps built into…

Glorious Corners

The Way to Green Crag

I don’t usually bother celebrating my birthday in any great fashion, but as I turned forty this year, I decided to make an exception and plan a short break away with Jo, so that I could look back on the arrival of mid-life with some fondness. After some to-ing and fro-ing on a destination, I finally decided on the Lake…

The Way to Green Crag