Photographer's Note

The Breithorn above the head of the spectacular Lauterbrunnen valley, Bernese Oberland, Switzerland. I was prompted to upload this photograph by the two recent postings by Daniel Solinger (marabu61): he reminded me that we had been to almost the same location a couple of years ago. This photograph was made on a hike around Wengen, from a spot that looks perpendicularly down to the valley floor. The Lauterbrunnental is generally considered to be the most spectacular valley in the Alps. It is certainly one of the deepest in the Alpine chain when compared with the height of the mountains that rise directly on either side. It is a true cleft, rarely more than one kilometre in width, between limestones precipices, sometimes quite perpendicular, everywhere of extreme steepness. It is to this form of the valley that it owes the numerous waterfalls from which it derives its name. The streams descending from the adjoining mountains, on reaching the verge of the rocky walls of the valley, form cascades so high that they are almost lost in spray before they reach the level of the valley. The most famous of these are the Staubbach Falls within less than one kilometres of the village of Lauterbrunnen. The height of the cascade is between 800 and 900 feet (240 and 270 m), one of the highest in Europe formed of a single unbroken fall.

I had to think long and hard about posting the monochrome version of this image. Last time I made this decision I was castigated for not preferring the pretty colour picture. Well, I've made the same decision again I'm afraid. I just really love monochrome, even if it is a cheating digital version, and even though I'll bet it attracts fewer points (!) than the coloured one. I think it has a more dramatic and less picture postcard look. But I expect I'm wrong!

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