Blog posts about Switzerland

Switzerland, a quadrilingual country in the middle of Europe, has been my home since 2001.

Portrait area at 500px.com

I like the website 500px.com as users there focus (ho ho) much more on quality images, rather than the volume approach of Flickr users. I have re-activated my account at 500px.com and am using it as a showcase of my best people photography.

Portrait area at 500px.com

Mountains of Valais

A wonderful time-lapse sequence from the southern borders with Italy, ranging from the Nufenen Pass to Zermatt and the Matterhorn. Film maker Christian Mülhauser writes: Through fog, rain, snow and even wind gusts of up to 120 km/h I am happy to have completed this project. Mountains of Valais is by far my most time consuming venture, which…

Mountains of Valais

Review of 2013

With surprising alacrity, it’s time to flick back through my digital album as we approach the end of 2013, and the end of another year behind the camera. Here are a few highlights; a larger set is on Flickr. My favourite memory of 2013, embodied in the lead photo of this blog post (above)? Visiting the…

Review of 2013

Filming from the air

Sitting at my computer this afternoon, I spot, out of the window, a yellow plane droning lazily around above the village. Not a full-sized plane but a metre-long radio-controlled model, with a GoPro camera attached, filming today’s glorious winter day on the lake. I couldn’t resist taking a few photos for the pilot and chatting for a few minutes…

Filming from the air

Wedding at Kulturhof Schloss Köniz

I’ve added some new photographs to my online wedding photography portfolio, from a ceremony and party in October. It was a wonderful afternoon and evening for the couple and the location, at the Kulturhof Schloss Köniz near Bern, helped me to produce some wonderful shots. Two of my favourite photos from the event are the two in this…

Wedding at Kulturhof Schloss Köniz

Photos at Getty Images

I’m proud that international picture agency Getty Images invited me to submit photos for their Flickr Collection a couple of years ago. Since then, I get the occasional request to add more and my small set now numbers 52 photos, with a dozen or so more currently awaiting approval. Although the percentage that I get per photo is pretty…

Photos at Getty Images

Interlaken Golf Course

I took a walk up through the woods from Heimwehfluh, near Interlaken. The top of the walk, after half an hour or so of wheezing and muscle aching, was high above the end of Lake Thun. Aside from enjoying the walk, having some exercise, and enjoying the view, I also discovered that the golf course in Interlaken has…

Interlaken Golf Course

Gorges de l’Areuse

One of my favourite walks this year was in the Gorges de l’Areuse in the Jura mountains, above Neuchâtel. We decided that we wanted to do a proper, long hike in an autumn forest and we chose well. The forests in this part of the country are stupidly picturesque in Autumn and the route, beginning in Noiraigue and ending in…

Gorges de l’Areuse

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

The Mittellegi Hut

Probably at number one on the list of “places I’d love to visit but probably never will” is the Mittellegi Hut, perched on the ridge of the same name near the summit of the Eiger. It’s famous amongst climbers as it’s along the approach route from the Eismeer station of the Jungfrau Railway, en route for climbers heading…

The Mittellegi Hut

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

Gasterntal, Kandersteg

After so many years of driving up random little tracks and small roads in the Bernese Oberland, it’s rare to come across somewhere I’ve not been before. So when we decided to take a spontaneous trip out on Sunday, and found a little yellow line on the map leading south into the mountains from Kandersteg, it was particularly exciting. Having…

Gasterntal, Kandersteg

“Aareböötle”

I took part in our company day out yesterday, when we went down the river Aare from Schwellenmätteli in Bern, beneath the towering heights of Bern’s old city, to Eymatt, on the north western edge of the city suburbs. Although it sounds like a city-centre trip, the area around the river in and near Bern is…

“Aareböötle”

Glacier 3000

Glacier 3000 is the name of a tourist destination in the French Swiss region of Les Diablerets; the number in question being the (approximate) height in metres above sea level of the upper part of a sizeable glacier, easily reachable by cable car and snowed-over the whole year round. As well as the usual outdoor restaurant terrace and puff-inducing…

Glacier 3000

Mint choc chip at last!

After more than twelve years in Switzerland, there are few foods or drinks which I miss from the UK. Kenco (instant) coffee is a regular buy when we’re in the UK and we also stock up on pain killer tablets when we can, as prices in Switzerland are astronomical in comparison. The biggest pleasure which we can only…

Mint choc chip at last!