Permanent Tourist

The personal website of Mark Howells-Mead

Posts about spiez

  • This month’s set of photos is especially random, but that’s the whole point; not just of the ongoing photo series here on my website, but also in my life. The more varied and random, the better for me.

  • Random things in July

    Hiking and keeping cool in the mid-summer alpine heat.

  • Lunchtime dip

    When it used to get hot back in the days when I used to work in Brienz, a lunchtime dip in the freezing waters of Lake Brienz was the thing. When I worked in Bern, I used to go to the river with colleagues and float along for 20 minutes or so to cool down.…

  • Cable car passing the woods, Mürren

    Mainly speaking, the month of February is a cold one, when my thoughts start turning to days out and summer temperatures. That being said, I still managed to get out on some trips, with the main goal of getting some exercise.

  • A lunchtime walk by the vineyards in the sunshine, ten years after moving away from nearby.

  • Wallrain park in Spiez

    I’m an introvert at the best of times, which comes in handy when needing to keep away from other people.

  • Spiez castle, photographed at dusk using a Mavic Air drone

    A quick tip on how to get better image results from your Mavic drone in low-light conditions.

  • I was half an hour early for an appointment at the Spiez council offices this morning, so I went for a brief stroll through the woods to the top of the vineyards while I was waiting. It was so peaceful, with fresh powdered snow slipping silently from the trees and only two or three other people there…

  • The wider angle

    First shots with two new acquisitions: a super-wide lens and an RR90 shutter release cable.

  • Jo found that because we’d saved so many points on our supermarket card, that we could “afford” a kayak using points alone. A few days later, and a large and heavy cardboard box arrived on the post woman’s scooter trailer and we had our dinghy: an Intex Challenger K2.

  • Moving on

    I’ve been living in the area around Spiez since moving here eleven years ago and my home for the vast majority of my time here has been in an attic flat at the top of the road leading to the lake and castle. Jo moved to live with me in 2006 and we’ve had a…

  • With the money I’ve put aside for new camera gear, a new, reliable, fully automated flash gun was high on my “wants” list, not least because I receive a slowly increasing number of requests to take portrait photographs and cover events.

  • The extensions and improvements to the Permanent Tourist website continue apace, with new galleries in the Photography section.

  • Pink Cones

    Pink pine cones amongst a mass of natural colour on the trees outside our window at home.

  • Shot from near the train station in Spiez this morning, just as the first rays of sun found a way through the clouds to illuminate the town.

  • View from here

    One of my favourite aspects of our home in Spiez is the fact that we have such interesting and ever-changing views across the town and up to the wood behind our house. It’s particularly lovely to look out of the windows late at night, when neighbouring homes are sinking into darkness and when the surrounding…

  • Large Christmas tree, Spiez, Switzerland

    Out in the cold

    I pledge to take more winter landscape photos this year, after being out this evening to take some long-awaited photos of the Christmas lights in Spiez.

  • It’s been a hectic week and weekend, hence the delay in posting that I’ve released my 2010 calendar.

  • I woke a sleeping drunk last night, when the train to Interlaken terminated in Spiez due to the onward line being blocked. He looked at me blurrily and asked whether he needed to catch the onward replacement bus service to get to Grenoble. (Which is in France.) In other words, he’d staggered onto the wrong…

  • Back and forth

  • Krist and Corinne

    Krist and Corinne

    The next in a series of portrait sessions which I’ve shot for free, this time at and near my home in Spiez of friends Krist and Corinne.