The Swiss Alps
A new reservoir, on the tract up from Kleine Scheidegg to the Eiger glacier, provides reflections of the north face of the Eiger and, away in the distance, the massive Wetterhorn. There is a small museum (shown on the right of this photo), giving information about the various routes by which the north face has been climbed.
There is no valley like it! The small resort of Lauterbrunnen nestles in a valley that is typically glacial, with sheer cliffs on either side, down which streams from the high alpine pastures pour their cascades.
Going up on the gondola to Mannlichen, you get wonderful views down, with the ski and walking resort of Wengen in the lower part of this photo and, far below, the little town of Lauterbrunnen. What you can't see in this image, but can guess by looking at the other side of hte valley, in the drop between the meadows below Wengen and the floor of the Lauterbrunnen valley. You get more of an idea by walking the track up to Wengen; very pleasant it is, if you have the energy and an hour and a half to spare - otherwise get the train!
Compacted layers of snow and huge chunks of ice about to topple from the foot of the Eiger glacier. I last saw this glacier 26 years ago, and the shrinkage over that time is remarkable - another sign of global warming that is gradually changing the face of the alps.
Yes - these are wild orchids, in the meadows of Blumental and Schiltalp, above Murren.
The walking track from Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg, with the Eiger north face in front of you all the way, and the Monch just behind.
Kleine Scheidegg - from which the cog railway goes up through the Eiger towards the top of the Jungfrau, and a good place to stop for refrechment, taking in the spectacular views across to the Jungfrau.
The boats that run between Interlaken and Thun on Lake Thun are included in the Bernese Oberlander Pass, and well worth taking as a day out from walking. Here we are passing the old town of Spietz.
Paragliding just has to offer the most amazing, silent and environmentally clean ways of getting up there into the alpine environment. These lucky people are gently circling above the village of Grindlewald.