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A personal website by Mark Howells-Mead

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Abrupt sunsets

Melchsee-Frutt, Switzerland

Sunsets in the mountains are different from those over flatter landscapes.

Hotel Posthuis, Melchsee Frutt

Hotel Posthuis in Melchsee Frutt gets a shiny new website, to say thank you for all their hospitality through the years.

Melchsee-Frutt to Rothorn

Experiencing vertigo for the first time on a high-alpine route in the mountains above Melchsee-Frutt.

Melchsee Frutt, Switzerland

The Melchsee is a lake in the mountains,  tucked away in the lee of a range of peaks between Meiringen and Engelberg. Nearby, the smaller stretch of water called Blauseeli (little blue lake) is a haven for frogs after the snows melt, and the edges of the pool are lined with frog spawn at this… (Read More)

Matthorn, Switzerland

Helicopters are a common sight in Switzerland, in particular when you’re hiking on the higher peaks of the alpine region. Here, a tourist helicopter passes in front of the Matthorn peak, near the summit of Pilatus.

Älggialp, Switzerland

The geographical centre of Switzerland is at Älggialp: appropriately in a remote and secluded spot in the mountains. Near Sachseln and across a high mountain range from Melchsee Frutt in canton Obwalden, the precise spot is half-way down an inaccessible cliff amongst forest trees. But nearby, the authorities have made a simple barbecue spot so that visitors… (Read More)

A day above the clouds

Shots from a day trip to the small, local alpine ski resort of Melchsee Frutt in canton Obwalden.

Alphorn on the Bonistock

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A lone musician plays alphorn music on the Bonistock mountain peak, high above the lake and village at Melchsee Frutt in canton Obwalden.

Above the clouds

The “Nebelmeer” (lit. sea of cloud) is a fabulous meteorological phonemenon at this time of year, caused by a band of dense cloud sealing cold air beneath it in alpine valleys.

One Way Up

The single track road from Stöckalp in the Melchtal valley up to the ski resort of Melchsee Frutt is… an experience.